posted on Sep, 10 2005 @ 02:37 AM
Ian Johnston, the vice president of The World Bank
has spoken out and said that hurricane Katrina should serve as a warning to developing
countries over global change issues. Johnston told a reuters journalist to think of what would have happened had the hurricane hit a poor third world
country and what impact the massive storm would have had along with the levels of response to deal with such a huge disaster.
"Katrina is a terrible tragedy, but maybe it is a wake-up call to all of us to begin understanding what catastrophic events, what damage can occur,"
In addition to fostering talks on emissions and promoting clean energy products, Johnson said the World Bank is working with private industry to find
ways to protect poor nations from the expected environmental shifts linked to global warming.
"There is a real sense that the train has left the station, and that there is going to be a pretty significant impact of climate change," Johnson
said, adding the devastation in New Orleans had increased public sensitivity to these risks.
While poor people in the New Orleans area were among the most affected in Katrina's wake, Johnson said it was not the World Bank's role to lend
assistance to the United States or other wealthy developed economies facing environmental risks.
Still, he said it was important to draw lessons from the United States' experience with the storm and its aftermath.
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Even though the people most affected by the tragedy were the poor it seems the world bank will not step in and hand over any money to assist in the
disaster relief effort.
Once again the World Bank controls the purse-strings of the world.