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past year's natural disasters have highlighted
the invaluable contributions of volunteers in
our communities. They have volunteered their time,
energy and skills to save lives and to rebuild
communities. In this they joined countless people
around the world who volunteer every day in response
to 'silent crises'. These often unsung heroes
understand all too well that poverty, disease
and famine are just as deadly and destructive
as earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis."
-- Kofi Annan
UN is committed to the goal of ensuring that
all nations share in economic, social, & scientific
progress. It delivers humanitarian assistance
to the victims of wars and natural disasters.
-– Bill Bradley
warnings by officials most closely linked with
nuclear arms negotiations and defense strategy
indicate that we are running out of time. If we
fail to act soon, the scars of a major nuclear
disaster will mark our immediate and distant future.
-- Alan Cranston
explosion of a terrorist’s single nuclear device
in a major metropolitan center would trigger an
unparalleled humanitarian and environmental disaster.
An accidental military launch of multiple warheads
could result in a worldwide nuclear holocaust.
Medical researchers and military analysts forebode
-- Alan Cranston
mitigation... increases the self reliance of people
who are at risk - in other words, it is empowering."
-- Ian Davis
everyone else in the world, I've been devastated by
the loss and suffering of so many in South Asia....As
a mother, I cannot imagine the pain that they are experiencing.
We can all see that it's going to take a long time for
those people to rebuild their lives, and they will need
our help for years to come."
-- Celine Dion
great ecosystems are like complex tapestries - a million
complicated threads, interwoven, make up the whole picture.
Nature can cope with small rents in the fabric; it can
even, after a time, cope with major disasters like floods,
fires, and earthquakes. What nature cannot cope with
is the steady undermining of its fabric by the activities
~ Gerald Durrell
answer is to end our reliance on carbon-based
we succeed, we create booming new industries,
wealth, clean secure energy and maybe we prevent
the greatest disaster so far in human history,
saving millions of lives while improving billions
more. If we fail, basically it's business as usual
while things slowly get worse all around us."
~ Al Gore
are safe but they are not in their homes. They are
city-less. I think it's just a disaster for everyone."
-- Teri Hatcher
of us as human beings has a responsibility to reach
out to help our brothers and sisters affected by disasters.
One day it may be us or our loved ones needing someone
to reach out and help."
-- Michael W. Hawkins, American Red Cross
was extremely moved by the plight of Tsunami victims
and I was inspired to try to make a difference."
-- Alanis Morissette
the nations and peoples are too closely knit together
today for any one of them to imagine that it can
live apart. Peace has been said to be indivisible,
so is freedom, so is prosperity now, and so also
is disaster in this one world that can no longer
be split into isolated fragments."
-- Jawaharlal Nehru
"All across the world, ...increasingly dangerous
weather patterns and devastating storms are abruptly
putting an end to the long-running debate over
whether or not climate change is real. Not only
is it real, it's here, and its effects are giving
rise to a frighteningly new global phenomenon:
the man-made natural disaster. "
-- Barack Obama
it takes a natural disaster to reveal a social
-- Jim Wallis