Things seem to be going from bad to worse and even beyond in Japan. I skimmed an article today written by Cynthia Tucker that emphasized a point that I have made in talking to others. That would be the dependence upon and even faith that we have in technology. Her article drew an analogy between the tragedy in Haiti and the three-pronged tragedy that has occurred in Japan. In an underdeveloped country such as Haiti, one would somewhat expect a natural disaster to cause the enormous devastation that took place. But, one of, if not the most technologically advanced countries in the world, with all of its preparation has still incurred enormous devastation of its own from the tsunami and earthquake. This holds a lesson for other advanced countries, particularly one that has a significant population in the Pacific Ring of Fire( Hint, hint, San Francisco,etc).
But there are still other ironies that are hard to ignore.Japan , of course, is the only county ever to suffer the effects of a nuclear attack. Now, it is incurring an as yet undetermined effect from damaged nuclear power plants. I think that there are some points to be made vis-a-vis Japan and its reliance on nuclear power to generate its electricity. One would almost think that Japan is the mpst nuclear dependent country in the world. Japan’s 54 reactors produce about 30% of its electricity. That figure puts the country as the 15th most nuclear dependent country, far behind both Lithuania and France,both of which get over 75% of their electricity via the nuclear route.
But, having said that, what still nags at me the most is that of which I spoke at the onset. Technology is not the cure-all and science does not nor will it ever have all the answers. Yet, we( meaning the United States primarily, but others to be sure) think that if we throw enough money or scientific knowhow out there, that anything is possible. Sometimes, it makes me to just want to unplug, sorta the human equivalent of acoustic music, huh?
- Japan Earthquake vs Haiti Earthquake (anadder.com)
- Japan vs Haiti: Why The Disparity? (anadder.com)
- The irony (ourdinnertable.wordpress.com)
- What can we ‘Learn from Nature’, from the Japanese disaster? A great deal… (environmentaleducationuk.wordpress.com)
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