By Joanne King
Humanity has a strange history of feeling bad about a tragedy but then doing little to nothing to ensure it wont happen again. Take the Chilean miners; they're being rescued as we speak but there hasn't been any talk about trying to reduce our dependence on minerals so people don't have to risk their lives in the pits.
The Gulf oil spill is another great example.
After only a 6 month moratorium, off-shore drilling will restart in an area that has been devastated by a disaster of biblical proportions.
So what have we learnt from the tragedy?
Well the U.S. Government is paining itself to explain that they've increased regulation, standards and oversight- a classic example of a self-interested party begging us to believe that this time it's different. Something economists warn us to wilfilly forget when a politician tells us the same after we've come out of slump.
I really hope they're right- but my mind drifts back to Chernobyl; a terrible disaster happened there, putting this insignificant Urkrainian town on the map for all the wrong reasons.
How quickly will they be opening another nuclear reactor?
Why's the Gulf so different?
Is it just the money that's corrupting the people and the government to start it up again?
Finally, I realsed that a lot of you will think Chernobyl is an exaggerated nalogy; well take a look at some of the health problems affecting those in the Gulf.