2015 Nepal Earthquake and New Power

by jpd95 on April 29, 2015 - 3:37pm

April 25, 2015 is a date that will never be forgotten by the people living in Nepal.  A 7.9 magnitude earthquake shocked the Nepalese people.  According to the CBC article written by The Canadian Press titled “Nepal earthquake: Stranded Canadian says Ottawa not doing enough to bring citizens home” on the 27 of April, this is the biggest earthquake to hit Nepal in approximately 80 years.  The Canadian government has “pledged $5 million in initial aid” (The Canadian Press) and according to another CBC article written by CBC News also on April 27 at the time of the earthquake “there [were] 462 Canadians registered in Nepal, but registration is voluntary, so the number of people in the country is almost certainly higher” (CBC News). 

The Canadian Press article shares a story of a Montreal woman who “is in Nepal working for the International Organization for Migration” and she believes that the Canadian government has not done enough to try and help the Canadian citizens that are registered in Nepal.  Emilie-Anne Leroux, the Montreal woman in Nepal, says that “she and other Canadians haven’t received so much as a phone call from officials despite having registered as being in Nepal”.

What more can be done?  This is where the idea of New Power comes in, but first what is New Power?  New Power is when a large of group of individuals get together to contribute to the growth of something.  A TED Talk can be found at http://www.ted.com/talks/jeremy_heimans_what_new_power_looks_like?language=en where Jeremy Heimans explained the terms of New Power and Old Power.  Heimans compares Old Power to currency, which is controlled by the few for the many, and New Power to a current which bends and flows and is never constant.  An example of New Power could be a website created where anybody could log in and add/remove/modify the information that is on the webpage.  A website where it allows a mass group of individuals collaborate and share certain comments or stories with the mass audience of the world.  Now, how does this factor in with the earthquake in Nepal?  Well there is a website that exists which allows people to have access to a forum where people all across the world can share stories regarding the topic of the post.  After the earthquake the website, Fodors.com, created a page for people to share stories and comments about the earthquake which can be found at http://www.fodors.com/community/asia/nepal-earthquake-25-april-2015.cfm.  This website allows people to discuss what happened in Nepal in a very New Power kind of way by allowing the mass population of the world to form a community online where the many can collaborate by creating a conversation that is not limited by geographical restrictions.

Canadians are still waiting to hear word from many loved ones that were in Nepal at the time of the earthquake and websites like Fodor.com, which as mentioned create a forum of conversation, are where millions of people are turning to try and gather any information they can.  There is a person that I met in grades 7 and 8 that is currently on a trip around the world and was in the region when the earthquake hit and his family has received no word yet.  They are constantly taking part in discussions on online communities to try and find any information they can.  With New Power gaining a lot of ground and becoming more and more popular, it allows for the masses to be able to instantly communicate and share ideas, concerns, news, etc. without having to go through the conventional media outlets and restrictions.

 

References

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/nepal-earthquake-stranded-canadian-says-ottawa-not-doing-enough-to-bring-citizens-home-1.3050747

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/nepal-earthquake-affects-hundreds-of-canadians-1.3050137

http://www.fodors.com/community/asia/nepal-earthquake-25-april-2015.cfm

http://www.ted.com/talks/jeremy_heimans_what_new_power_looks_like?language=en

Comments

I'm very sorry to hear about the disastrous earthquake in Nepal. Its too bad Canada can't do even more to help the Nepalese people. Facebook is raising 2 million dollars and it is just a website. Canada is a country, I feel like more aid can be given. I think that a possible answer for why Canada isn't doing enough is the question of aid. There isn't really true international aid these days. A country would always have to come out even, or benefit from the aid. Perhaps Canada is trying to find an angle that will benefit both sides.. I hope that Canada helps the Nepalese people, and that the stranded Canadian gets help.

The Nepal Earthquake was disastrous. You have brought up very interesting points. I agree with you that the Canadian government might not be doing much to help the Nepalese people who have been evacuated out of their houses, and losing loved ones. Even though, the Canadian government had pledged to offer five million dollars to help, they are not doing anything about the Canadians who have been registered as being in Nepal. I have never heard of the New Power, and I find it interesting that it consists of people helping the society. I find it incredible that New Power is a way of communicating and sharing ideas, and finding information.

I think that New Power is a really great way of helping people who are eager or worried about this earthquake. This group of individuals who are the New Power can follow a utilitarian-based goal, which is to perform the greatest good that will benefit the greatest number. Also, by having this group of individuals who want to help to contribute the growth of something, will encourage other members of society to be concerned about what is happening around the world, and helping and comforting others who need it, like the people who are affected by the Nepal earthquake and want to know if everything is okay. The New Power will enable a lot of people to communicate ideas and share news with each other and this will allow a part of the society to do the greatest good for the greatest number of people (which in this case are the people that are affected by the Nepal earthquake in other places other than Nepal, like Canada).

What happened in Nepal is a tragedy. So many people are hopeless right now and are in need for help and aid but it's not really coming. The main take away I have from this article is that you only realize how big of an issue something is when you or someone close to you experiences it. With so many crazy events and natural disasters, it seems like everything is now just apart of the news and once you change the channel you forget about it. When someone you know or love it caught in one of these situations, you actually realize how big of a deal it is and how important it is to deal with the issue. We see that many Canadians are suffering right now in Nepal but how much can the Canadian government do? If Canadians in Nepal think they have little hope and are struggling, picture how the citizens or Nepal feel. What do you think that the Canadian government should do in this situation