The horror of the fires in Lahaina, Maui, have captured all our attention in recent weeks, but don’t worry, new extreme weather events are on the way, which will take our attention elsewhere and we’ll forget about what’s going on over there. Do keep an eye on the hurricane heading for California this weekend… The word unprecedented has been used. Take care my friends.
But I don’t want to move on from Maui and one of the bigger stories is what’s happening after the tragedy. People are desperately trying to survive and support their community, but guess what is going on? They are being offered low cash amounts by big property developers to buy their land. Apparently, the desire for another Waikiki is in the works. That’s all we need!!!
This is disaster capitalism in action, and honestly, this whole idea of developing a mega tourist centre in a world experiencing climate escalation is completely crazy – we’ll suffer the emissions of its creation, and it will probably never see the light of day, because more extreme weather is coming, like heat – but it’s also the story of greed and manipulation over those who don’t have many options. We’re not going to help you rebuild, instead we’re going to screw you while you’re down! What have we become?
The money grabbing developers, as well as the lack of compassion for the people on the ground, who have lost everything, just feels like a perfect testament to how we got to where we are globally in the first place. This is the story of colonialism and greed playing out in real time.
This video explains it well
There’s another story on the why. A small group of families, going back generations, settled in Hawaii and became the country’s sugar barons. They also introduced the grass that resulted in the devastating fires. The descendants of these families are still there, still wealthy and still making money, but have you seen them put their hand up and accept responsibility?
Of course not, I’m sure their lawyers are very busy right now, but let’s cut to the chase – if we really want to address the global emergency we are all facing, these sorts of straight-talking conversations need to start happening and now. The barons need to stand up and say: we are responsible, and we are going to help rebuild Lahaina back to its original royal glory, and we are going to be an integral part of the community moving forward, which includes addressing inequality.
If you want to read a really compelling piece that looks backward and forwards, I highly recommend this: Lahaina used to be a wetland. It’s got a lot of nuance and is very well written. It’s also been interesting to understand the two Hawaii’s, something that didn’t hit the headlines before this tragedy. Maybe we should be embracing this as a huge opportunity for overdue change, because boy we need it.
It’s these sorts of moments where we – humanity – show who we are. We can continue as we’ve always done – which has pushed us closer and closer to the edge of catastrophe for the world – or we can say the time for dramatic change is here. Let’s embrace the opportunity to build a better world, and let’s get it right so nature can flourish, and indigenous people can be the guardians of our lands again.
Honestly, if we don’t get this message soon, not just in Lahaina but everywhere, we’re not going to make it.
It’s time for some straight talking, everywhere. There is so much bullshit going on, so I’m not surprised people are confused and feeling helpless, but deep down, we all know that if we don’t get this moment right, things will unravel faster and faster.
Those who will experience the full force of this unravelling will be the poorest and most vulnerable to start with, but it’s coming for the wealthy and comfortable too. Time to face up to what we have on our hands, and straight talking is a necessary ingredient in the mix of the changes we need to be embracing right now.
Let’s demand it, the time for straight talking and transparency is well overdue.
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