Faraway events remind us that we share one planet

The Associated Press report “Fishermen missing after storm strikes” (The Maui News, Aug. 12) begins, “A powerful typhoon made landfall in the northern Philippines today, toppling power lines and dumping heavy rains across mountains, cities and food-growing plains and leaving at least 23 fishermen missing.”

Let’s take stock for a second to assess the damage. Who is hurt? How does this affect the economy?

Certainly we know that the families of 23 fishermen are in crisis. The fishing industry grinds to a halt during storms. Farmers and their families are brought to their knees in those food-growing plains. And what about those folks who depend on those crops to eat? How about the local chamber of commerce? Do businessmen care about the lost revenues from tourists kept away by dangerous conditions?

What does all that have to do with life on the tropical paradise called Maui? Aren’t we so blessed that we don’t have to worry about such back-page news? Does anyone living in Hawaii care about events in the Philippines? Of course we do, we share one planet.

If you share this awareness and want to do something to lessen the threats and risks and take advantage of the opportunities derived from global warming, come to hear Lauren Campbell speak to the Kihei Community Association at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20. Follow that up with action at the Waihee Coastal Dunes and Wildlife Refuge at noon Aug. 24 with Sen. Brian Schatz.

Keith Echeverri