Don’t be wasteful.
- 12 rolls of toilet paper is enough for 1000 trips to the bathroom.
- 10L (2.6gal) of gasoline is enough to transport 4 injured people.
- 1 loaf of bread is a meal for 1 family.
- 1 small can of gas cooks enough rice for 10 people.
- 5kg (11lbs) of rice feeds 120 people.
- 1 battery powers a radio for 100 people to use.
I’m sure more than 100 people might be able to use the radio, but you get the point. Re-evaluate how you use supplies from dog food and AAA batteries to the miles you drive and the food you throw away.
There are some amazing stories that are coming out. Like the baby that was torn from her father’s arms by the tsunami, but was later found alive and reunited with her parents. A man was rescued on top of a floating roof miles away from shore. But the stories of joy and happiness only breaks up the sobering reality that thousands of bodies are being found floating along the coast, people are starving, Japan is combating a nuclear disaster.
But we’re helping. We’re working together to support the people who need to be supported. Life here in Fukuoka is seemingly business as usual for me. I go to work, I eat, I sleep. Someday life in the Tohoku region will go back to normal as well. But not for a very long time.