The beautiful wife of a European diplomat last night expressed deep sorrow and profound empathy for the victims of recent natural disasters - hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria, as well as for the victims of two earthquakes in Mexico. Her slightly nasal tone as she spoke outdoors under a clear Washington, D.C., sky, was indicative of her genuine concern for the victims and her alarm that such life-taking catastrophes could occur back-to-back-to-back.
Tearful sorrows felt by this humanitarian and environmentalist lady have been echoed far too often this year. Humanity - too often the already vulnerable, the poor, the humbled and the marginalized folks of non-complex communities, has suffered much this Hurricane Season and the period still has a month to go.
The destruction caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and now Maria, is widespread and unprecedented with the inclusion of two major earthquakes in Mexico in less than two weeks. Deaths have been counted in the hundreds. Thousands of people have lost their homes and many more have suffered major damage to their residences, businesses and communities.
Yet, these events of nature explicitly point to a changing environment that demands full attention from all the Earth's people that we live within the scope and realm of forces beyond human control. Thus, in moving forward, building codes and proximity to coastline, are definite facets worthy of immediate action.
So, on the behalf of a kind European Union(EU) resident and her husband, my family, associates, friends and countrymen; we offer our prayers for the people of Barbuda, of the Commonwealth of Dominica, of Mexico, of Martinique, of Guadeloupe, of Puerto Rico, of St. Martin, of the British and American Virgin Islands and of all others, who now, soon, recently, or in the future, become victimized, by acts of nature honed by the impacts of Climate Change. Blessings unto all!