Film Review #2
Natural Disasters vs. Man-Made Disasters
The world has encountered numerous disasters in its history. There has always been ecological disasters like hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes, but since the birth of humans, there has been an entirely new class of disasters, such as nuclear blasts and hazardous spills. In addition, these things have changed a lot because technology has put many disasters firmly in control of humans. Since these technological advancements, natural disasters don’t doom us as they once did. Instead we are able to stop or reduce the effects of a lot of them. That is why I believe that it should be left up to the government when it comes to natural disasters. There are somethings the government can predict and are able to give warning for. The government should be the main focus when it comes to natural disaster safety measures.
I understand what the opposing view might think: the government is not always able to predict every single natural disaster. Therefore, they should not be held accountable for death tolls or the damage caused by natural disasters. While that may be true, the government is in a far better position to protect people from natural disasters than they are on their own. Also, the government has access to weather monitoring devices and warning systems that they can use to help save lives. Hurricane Katrina is the best example of when the government does nothing to help the millions of people affected. Not only was Hurricane Katrina by far the most lethal and most destructive storm of the 2005 hurricane season, as well as the costliest natural disaster in the history of the United States, but it’s also one of the top five deadliest hurricanes ever. This impacted New Orleans’ music, livelihood, health and safety, religion, food security, and housing (Fazzino 2018, 9).
Another argument the opposing view probably thinks is that people can help themselves. Hence, it’s the people who are ill prepared for hurricanes and choose to stay in their homes sustain the most damage, and if they tried harder, it would prove that people can take care of themselves during a natural disaster. I agree that people who stay in their houses and are killed are responsible for their own deaths. However, it’s up to the government to give enough warning about things such as hurricanes. If they didn’t, then people wouldn’t even get the chance to board and secure up their houses nor would they know anything about how to make a house safer because the government didn’t give enough warning or advice.
In conclusion, the government is not expected to do all of the work when warning for a natural disaster, implementing safety procedures, and diminish further damage. They are responsible for a lot of it and should be accountable if they don’t do a good enough job and don’t warn and help to abate the damage. Death and damage is going to happen if the government fails to act beforehand and afterwards–such as with hurricane Katrina and New Orleans.
Although natural disasters are caused by nature, and not by humans, the activities of humans can have an influence on them. For instance, actions of men like cutting down trees and destroying the sources of water in an area can lead to droughts and wildfires.
Man-made disasters though are a different story. A man-made disaster is a disaster caused by human beings. Some examples include hazardous material spills, explosions, chemical or biological attacks, nuclear blasts, traffic collisions such as train accidents, plane crashes.
made disasters though, those we are things we could stop, but we are not having much luck. Currently we are in the middle of what has been termed another mass extinction, which is killing many animal species in the world. Humans are causing global warming, we are using up natural resources, and Earth’s oil reserves are being depleted. This does not bode well, but these are all things that are thankfully preventable with research into alternate technologies. There are also many cultural and economic changes we could make to mitigate the damage.
Anyway, a greater concern is the possibility of disasters brought about by future technologies. For example, robots could be very problematic. Self-replicating nanobots can literally eat the entire world if left unchecked, destroying all life on earth. This is called a Grey goo scenario. A nuclear war would be an unprecedented disaster, killing most (though not all) life. These are disasters that will not happen yet, and if we take preventative measures, we could perhaps avoid the worst future scenarios.
There are many natural disasters. These normally are weather based such as hurricanes, flooding, mudslides, and things like that.
Another argument the opposing view probably thinks is that natural disasters are the work of god. Hence, they cannot be lessen or guarded against by humans. I will point out that the actions of humans, like cutting down trees and destroying the sources of water in an area, can lead to droughts and wildfires which are considered natural disasters. However, god helps those who help themselves I believe. God didn’t just give us the capacity for thought and lateral thinking so that we could not use it. I think it’s our job as children of god to use his gifts to help the suffering and make safe ourselves from natural disasters.