Nerves and impasse in the wake of Hurricane Maria

“Javier, how are your friends and family?” was for a while the question many asked me at Yale F&ES. Every time felt sincere and I appreciated it. Two weeks had not passed before some people found themselves asking it again. Wait, was that the same hurricane?

Summer Reflections: A Love Letter to Puerto Rico

Back in August, I wrote a sun-bathed reflection about my experience this summer in San Juan, Puerto Rico. When Hurricane Irma hit, I updated the story to highlight the critical role Puerto Rico was playing as a hub for staging and coordinating aid for its neighbors. Then came Maria.

The photos and stories of an island ripped apart, of people (who, by the way, happen to be U.S. citizens) left without running water, power, and reliable communication for weeks now, and the agonizing slowness of getting desperately needed resources to the people who need them is a jarring manifestation of how far we haven’t come with preparedness for the type of natural disasters that climate change is already producing. As a neighbor, we have a responsibility to…