Tuesday, March 02, 2010
At work on new home
Today in Haiti, men and women are attempting to rebuild their lives and their homes, and I found this photo from the Sunday Arkansas Democrat-Gazette of compelling interest. Deforestation from the colonial slave days and poverty are hand in glove. When we saw the collapse of buildings in Port-au-Prince, we saw no wood used in their construction and far too little steel. Visitors to Haiti and its same island neighbor, Dominican Republic, note the profound difference between the countries. One has trees and the other does not. Those of us who have the untold wealth of forests may indeed count many blessings.