15 Mar The Land of Haiti

I realized with my last post on Haitian people, I did a lot of talking and in sharing about the land, so here I plan to let most of the pictures speak for themselves. The main thing to think about when you look at each one is the relationship between humans and the land.

I’ve never been a true advocate for environmental issues and even remained a bit skeptical of the ”green” movement and other issues raised. My friend Mike Abbate shares in his book (Gardening Eden) multiple examples of human impact on their local environment. How greed (both from foreign and local businessmen), and unsupervised monitoring and regulation of human activity caused devastating affects, not only to the land and the animals, but more specifically, to the people who called the land home.

Haiti is such an example were deforestation obliterated, and literally washed away the land. In simpler terms, humans have cut or burned the trees to make charcoal (notice the coal part) for energy (fires and what not) without any reforestation plan.

Because of the geographical placement of the island (the Caribbean), rains are frequent (thunderstorms and annual hurricanes) which are normally good, except that there are not enough trees.

haiti from plane

Notice there are hardly any trees, green from the rains, still no trees which means the ground is saturated and flooding occurs. Floods lead to accelerated erosion of the land, especially top soil good for farming.

There are some good seasons (we witnessed re-growth of plants and farms) but know one knows when the next major flood might wash out everything. The government doesn’t do enough to protect the trees. There are no incentives or alternative programs for people to get energy another way.  There is little in terms of education to teach people the importance of trees.

Pastor Delamy shared with us a Haitian proverb, “Sometimes prevention is better than healing”. Proactive measures such as education are important and effective means to fight this battle in Haiti (and in the world). If not, life and land will continually wash away.Haiti washed out

Haitian town water

Haiti rice field

Haitian slum from above

By Jedd via his original post The Land of Haiti | Simply Intentional.

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