Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Japan's Earthquake : A start to the end of humanity

Japan's earthquake ..then tsunami and then the nuclear reactor episode has sent shock waves across the world. But still life goes on...Humans have a very peculiar tendency, they do not realise disaster until it actually happens to them. Over 8000 ppl dead and more than 12000 missing - does it impact us in any single way?
I just wonder what could be the reason for this : Are we too busy or Are we selfish or We think we can do nothing about it so no point thinking about it or we just conveniently tend to forget about it. Some of us might even donate some money .
Individuals are doing it, banks are doing it — faced with the horrific news and pictures from Japan, everybody wants to do something, and the obvious thing to do is to donate money to some relief fund or other. My advise would be please don’t. Japan is a rich country and with aids flowing all over, chances are that our donations to the n number of NGOs will not land up at the right place.
What we CAN DO :- Talking in an MBA language- Proactive maintenance is better than Preventive maintenance which is better than Corrective maintenance.
Corrective measure - send money to Japan, help them out of this disaster. When so many big countries and organisations are involved, we as individuals can do very little about it. No point pondering.
Preventive measure - Take safety precautions for Nuclear reactors in India, whether alerts/threats for coastal areas. Again, we as individuals can do very little about it. No point pondering.
Proactive measure- YES, here is the area where we all CAN help. The root cause of this disaster is environmental changes, rising temperatures and ecological imbalance. Scientists have warned time and again, that if we do not take measures now, life will come to an end. Japan is just a start, more is yet to come. Lets start will small steps -
  • Switch off the lights when not in use
  • avoid printouts- use soft copies to max extent possible
  • minimize paper tissues/cups in office (drink a coffee less- u will save a coffee cup)
  • avoid plastic and DO not waste food etc etc
Lets do our bit to prevent a disaster. Rest lets leave it on God and our futile governments to take care of.

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