January 26th, 2010

How Helping Haiti Now Shows us the Planet is Doomed

Chris Williams

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Don’t get fired up, just yet anyway. I don’t have a problem with the loads of international aid and outpouring of public support toward Haiti after the disaster. It shows the amazing compassion of humans and how cooperative our society can be.

However, the situation in Haiti has been dire for the past 20 years. All the energy and excitement that is being poured into the country now could have been used to prevent the whole issue for the past 20 years. This issue shows one thing; we, humans, are reactive by nature.

Now lets bridge the gap, how are we doing to deal with the environmental issues we face? Climate Disruption (some say Climate Change), Deforestation, Soil Erosion, Ocean Acidification, the spike in cancer rates, species extinction,water contamination.

All of these actions require prevention not reaction. The situation in Haiti is another prime example of our ability to react quickly to situations but not to take necessary action to prevent them. Is there anyway to combat this? After all, these environmental issues are impacting all humans.

If you have any ideas, please, please, please, please, please let me know. Please. Please.

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About Chris Williams

Chris Williams is the editor of Green Light Distrikt and Chief Marketing Officer at HeatSpring . He has experience in business development, prototyping and new venture research with a focus on geothermal heat pumps, solar thermal and solar photovoltaic technologies. Chris is an IGSHPA accredited geothermal installer and NABCEP certified solar installer. Chris is focused on solving customer facing issues in the creation and adoption of clean energy technologies and products. Chris has installed over 300kW of solar and tens of geothermal systems. He's invented the PV Pal , developed many trainings at HeatSpring, publishes the NABCEP Study Guide , the Hitchhikers Guide to Cleantech and has done due diligence research for Urgent VC . Feel free to connect with him @topherwiliams , on Linkedin , or through email about new ventures, collaborating, writing, research or whatever is on your mind.