I’m Narindra Michel RAKOTOARISOA, I was born near of tropical forest in east of Madagascar, near by raining forest. I have an chronic asthma since when I was 2 due to a medical poisoning. My parents were there to make me extract some of it out of throat. Few days since those moments, when weather will have changing, I’m cough early 12 hours before its changing, a kind of meteorological detector More than that, there were 9 people leaving in a small house of 10m2. Majority of Malagasy people we use charcoal as combustion for cooking like us. So it was more and less enough ventilated for all of us. During my childhood I was suffering of heavy breathing and lungs whistling, the fact that I lived next to a forest having fresh air and help me to overcome this asthma until my adult life. I didn’t know too much people who suffer with the same illness like mine until now…
More than the half of the forest in my country has been cutted for combustion, furnitures, slash and burn,… Following population growth from 15 million to 20 during the last 30 years. Public health and sanitation are trying as they can and have to keep us healthy; with this growing population; open fire and carbonic gas are growing following this, carbonic gas from factories and cars… Nowadays, 80% of kids under 5 years seem asthmatic. I know that when I was asking the pediatrician in a pediatric hospital, where I brought my 3 years old nephew for lungs exam. For information, only few people who have enough money can afford treatment like aerosol “inhale”, medicines,…
Rich and powerful people control the destiny and future of my country.
Following this the Malagasy government has decided to stop using plastic bags last December without alternative until now. This is a good idea but the bad effect is some of our “ravinala” considered queen and symbolic tree of Madagascar is taking place of the plastic bags ; I heard a rumor that some people on our government brought back "biodegradable " plastic bag made with cassava, It’s a kind of bag thick than one before. Without label or information about the factory whose made it, probably from one powerful people on the government.
Other than that, without mentioning the massive destruction of large area of primary forest caused by a multinational firm mine project since 2003.
Actually it’s our future generations lives is on the line metaphorically and literally. Nature and man can’t be separated.
As my thoughts, training for peasants for new method of rice planting unsteady of slash and burn. Biogas can replace the charcoal and wood used as combustion of 80% of Malagasy people. Education for all and ordinance and penalties can be applied for any means of illegal way. It’s just a small sand into the gears to overcome or slow down this fast truck.