Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Space

Compared to what’s going on in the rest of the world, we are blessed on the small island of Dominica. We have had no deaths as a result of COVID-I9. Peaceful protests have more to do with politics than racial inequality since brown and black people have always been the majority of the population. One of our few statues is a life-size bronze of a runaway maroon slave blowing a conch shell, and it has not been overthrown.

Before and after the arrival of Saharan dust.

But despite all these blessings, the curse of climate change persists, most recently in the form of Saharan dust. It turns rainwater collected from the roof to a muddy red soup. It obliterates details of the landscape by day and the stars at night. It causes the dogs to sneeze. The last super moon of 2020 on May 7 was surrounded by Saharan haze. And last week, the dust reached an unbearable level.

Earth, water, fire, air, and space. These are the five elements of life which affect our  physical and mental well-being here on planet earth. And yet we defile and abuse them with no thought as to how our actions will affect not only ourselves but future generations.