Often we say, prevention is better than cure. But how often do we practice what we preach?
Yolanda was a tragedy we wish would never have happened and will never again happen. We did not just lose a number of people, we lost lives whose values cannot be expressed by numbers. We, who have been fortunate enough to not have lost as much as our sisters and brothers gravely affected by the typhoon, are called to help.
That is almost always how the story goes. We fall and we rise. We react upon a situation. But it doesn’t have to be like that all the time. We have to be more proactive than we are reactive. I am not saying we did not do anything to prevent such losses. We do prepare. We were warned and we prepared. We were prepared. We have food enough to keep us alive days after an expected tragedy. We have our first aids ready to cure cuts and bruises. We water proofed our documents. But are these enough? We cannot prepare just days or weeks before a big storm. But it’s also not possible to have prepared months and years before Yolanda had happened since we weren’t expecting Yolanda to happen. We did not see Yolanda coming or where it would hit us years ago. Nevertheless, we can prevent another Yolanda or something worse if we had long-term preparations as solution to the worsening climate. We can prevent the climate from worsening.
It will take us years to rise again from this big a fall. And it shall take years to prevent us from falling as much if it were to happen again (hopefully not). Start now by planting a tree!