“In Haiti, we are facing not only a horrific natural disaster but the tectonics of nature, poverty and politics.”
~Dr. Jeffrey Sachs; January 2010
Read Full Article at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/15/AR2010011502457.html
Referring to the 2007 and 2008 hurricanes in Haiti: “If it were a natural disaster – a force of nature – then anywhere such a disaster occurs it would have similar outcomes. So why is the death and destruction focused in on one country? The answer is deforestation.”
~Dr. Paul Farmer; September 2008
Learn about the history of deforestation in Haiti, an important part of the poverty/preparedness overlap, in the full interview with Dr. Farmer: http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.htm?programID=08-P13-00037&segmentID=1
Between 1980 and 2000, the UN reported that more than 90 percent of deaths caused by natural disasters around the world occurred in poor countries.
Learn more here: http://www.unfpa.org/swp/2007/english/chapter_5/poverty.html
More than 90 percent of the populations of Bangladesh, Nepal, the Dominican Republic, Burundi, Haiti, Taiwan, Malawi, El Salvador and Honduras live in areas where they are at high risk of death from two or more natural hazards …natural disasters in poor, tropical nations entail the added menace of malaria. The World Health Organization (WHO) says more than 1/3 of Africa’s malaria deaths are spurred by natural disasters and conflicts.
~Justin Van Ness, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
“With natural hazard cycles repeating themselves every few years, developing countries find themselves in a vicious cycle of loss and recovery without the ability to move forward and achieve sustainable development.”
~Earth Institute scientist Dr. Maxx Dilley
Learn more at: http://academic.evergreen.edu/g/grossmaz/VANNESJJ/