Watch a lecture at the Library of Congress by Jean-Francois Mouhot, who examines the environmental history of Haiti. Although Mouhot is limited by time, this lecture does a great job explaining how Haiti’s environmental degradation is tied to its political, economic, and social history. Deforestation, in particular, is thoroughly discussed as it impacts the environmental history of Haiti and pertains to energy needs (charcoal production). While I think the author is a little too “lenient” on the environmental impact of the French colonial period, Mouhot admits some of his conclusions are tentative. Nevertheless, this is a useful introduction for those unsure of the origins of Haiti’s environmental catastrophe of deforestation and soil erosion.
Nishinoya dives for the ball but misses and starts doing the worm to compensate for not saving the ball