¶ threaten more than a few countries in the world. "The planet is sending out ¶ signals!" he exclaimed. Cuba key – preparedness and a dedication to people over profit are necessary to end the ravages of neoliberal neglect. Dowell 2013 (LeiLani, Workers World Managing Editor, 01/07/13 - Workers World - Socialism key to Cuba's love for human life - life/) "If we want to save humanity from this self-destruction, it is necessary ¶ to better distribute the available wealth and technology of the planet. ¶ Less luxury and less extravagance in a few countries; for that matter, ¶ less poverty and less hunger in a large portion of the earth. ... Make human ¶ existence more rational. Apply a fair international economic order. Make ¶ use of all the scientific knowledge necessary for ongoing development ¶ without contamination. Pay the ecological debt and not the foreign debt. ¶ Let hunger disappear and not mankind." ¶ This quote is from the beloved leader of the Cuban people, Fidel Castro, ¶ from a speech at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, 13 years ¶ before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and 20 years before this month's ¶ Hurricane Sandy. The U.S. has persistently ignored that "tomorrow" is now; ¶ it has ignored it at the expense of the growing number of storm victims ¶ and survivors. ¶ Over and over again, Cuba has had to pay for capitalism's crimes against ¶ the very environment that sustains us as human beings. Cuba is a small ¶ island situated in the Caribbean Sea across
from the Gulf of Mexico. So it ¶ has always been prone to hurricanes. But these storms have become ¶ increasingly destructive and deadly as a result of climate change ¶ generated by the profit system's shortsightedness and greed. In 2006, Cuba ¶ was the only nation in the world that met the World Wide Fund for Nature's ¶ definition of sustainable development. ¶ And yet, each year as storms hit the region, Cuba avoids losing its people ¶ to the ravages of the hurricanes. When deaths do occur, they are minimal ¶ compared to those in other countries. This year, Cuba lost an ¶ unprecedented 11 lives to Hurricane Sandy. The U.S. lost 132 - and those ¶ numbers will undoubtedly rise.
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- Global Warming, Hurricane Sandy