my heart goes out to christchurch

I haven’t managed to settle to blogging for a few days – like everyone else I know, I’ve followed the dreadful events in Christchurch and wondered what on earth I could do (settling on dispensing hugs both real & virtual, offering beds to friends & family if they need to leave home, and making a donation to the relief fund – I would urge anyone who can afford to, to do this). There are many others who’ve already made substantial efforts around communicating about the quake itself & its immediate aftermath (here, and here, and here, for example); I can offer nothing there. And somehow at the moment I just can’t bring myself to write about more mundane, everyday, normal things. So apologies, but it might be a few more days before I get back to the biology.

3 thoughts on “my heart goes out to christchurch”

  • I know where you’re coming from. The only way I can write at the moment is to write about the event. (Hence the ridiculous long list of snippets… it’s terrible not be able to do something, so I guess I’m compensating — there’s pop psychology for you.)
    There’s now articles from other science bloggers on, looking particular aspects: the role of journalists (Peter Griffin), the human response/loss (Ken Perrott) and victim identification (Anna Sandiford).

  • I felt exactly the same when I watched last weeks events unfold. Helpless. I felt very restless and even lost sleep over it. I decided that I wanted to go down and help out – so I bought a plane ticket and spent the weekend their.
    I am so glad I went. What you see on the tele does not reflect what is going on at Ground Zero.
    Slowly but surely as the public interest for the CBD wanes the media are going out to the suburbs where alot of suffering is happening. (I know I was their)
    People just don’t know what they’re are going to do day to day. Christchurch has been badly beaten.
    Here’s how we can all help without feeling helpless.
    1) Donate blood – especially plasma and platelets
    2) Donate a modest sum to Red Cross.
    3) Pray on there behalf.
    4) Align yourself with a local movement that is helping with the earth quake.
    5) Find just one person down their that you can help. You can’t help everyone but you can help someone.

  • Alison Campbell says:

    Thank you very much for sharing this, Phil. It’s always good to be reminded of things that we can do in the face of overwhelming tragedy.

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