Hurricane Harvey and flooding inspire humanity, compassion and a fresh look at climate change

The heroic and selfless response to catastrophic Hurricane Harvey, which struck Texas on August 25, 2017, continues to inspire people to live in a way that shows compassion for their fellow human beings. No matter what one’s religion or upbringing, one tends to develop empathy for people who need shelter, food, and other special attention. Human beings learn to live compassionately by example, especially when they observe the selfless sacrifices made by others who help people in need. These are the valuable lessons learned from the devastating scenes in the midst of the storm, those cries for help we see both on the ground and on television. Each heroic contribution made by volunteers opens hearts and minds while developing a degree of moral support for environmental protection groups. In short, concerned people want to make efforts to make this a better world to live in by finding out how to safeguard their neighbors.

It was inspiring to see the Navy rescue Houstonians and others throughout Southeast Texas. His heroic humanitarian efforts were so admirable, as they skillfully responded to the needs of people in distress. A helicopter saved seven stranded people and then bravely took off again to search for others trapped by floodwaters. The military acted so bravely during the flood, though one naturally hopes they won’t have to respond to such devastation again in the future.

Neighbors, journalists, foreigners, and people of all ethnicities and religions lent a hand when they spontaneously put themselves to the test. A group of journalists risked their lives to save an elderly man in his car when he mistakenly drove into a deep stream. Instead of ignoring a pet in distress, a group of men saved a dog that had been about to drain into the threatening waters. Nursing homes were evacuated while other vulnerable hospitalized people were brought in by volunteers. So much courage abounded to accomplish great rescue missions!

People in Texas worked together regardless of race, national origin, or national origin during the catastrophic event. It was reassuring to know that the homeless were provided with shelter, clothing, and a place to sleep. Seeing others doing good deeds to help people in need encourages viewers to consider how everyone can help each other. Although most people are too far away to assist in many humanitarian operations, one might consider living in a way that prevents future occurrences of other catastrophic weather events.

Many disagree that climate change exists; however, the possibility is worth seriously considering so as not to endanger future generations. Providing excellent free science education for all young people and taking better care of our planet could prevent future climate-related tragedies. By considering these possibilities, we can make a positive difference, even from afar. Furthermore, the time has come to reexamine our priorities. Do we really need many material goods? Are we defined by our possessions? Would it be possible to use alternative forms of energy so as not to harm or pollute the environment? We can be heroic if we change our ways to protect the environment for future generations. We can be heroic by accepting others for who they are and helping them in times of need, as the first responders did in Texas.

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