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I was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, baptized in the old Cathedral in the heart of the capital. Haiti has been steeped in political upheaval, overreaching poverty, rampant unemployment, and inequality. After the ouster of Jean-Claude Duvalier in 1986, I moved to the USA in search of that proverbial dream. But not once did I forget the reality of life for my people. And in the States, having been given that opportunity, it wasn't long before I felt the need rise within me to help alleviate the hunger, indeed if not to try to eliminate the starvation of a desperate people. It may be seen as an overarching reach but it can be done with systematic cooperation from Haiti's government and the Haitian Diaspora.

Haiti produces less than 60% of the food it feeds its people. The Haitian government has reported that 52% of the foods eaten by Haitians come from overseas, as opposed to the 20% imported a few decades before. Storms, droughts, and floods have devastated Haitian agriculture, and farming has declined to 25% of the overall economy. Deforestation is Haiti's biggest challenge. Less than 2% of our forests remain. The effects of deforestation are multi-pronged, causing soil erosion, which in turn damages already fragile infrastructure, such as roads, irrigation systems, and dams, which in the end continues the cycle of crippling poverty.
In March 2011, Michel Martelly defeated Mirlande Manigat with 68% of the vote, an overwhelming mandate for change from a system where corruption and brutal repression represented Haitian political tradition. Martelly had accepted that challenge and campaigned on expediting the delivery of humanitarian aid, rehabilitating law and order, and reforming agriculture. Martelly was touted as Haiti's transformative figure very much as Obama had been the USA's champion for change.

As leader of Haiti, President Martelly must move away from established protocols of inaction and address not only the urgent problem of deforestation, but also rigorously promote the use of sustainable fuel alternatives if the country is to have a viable and sustainable development. This is the platform from which Martelly campaigned, and we must hold him to his word. It is in restoring Haiti's farmlands primarily and instituting aggressive initiatives for agriculture that we can stop the blight to our economy, and our future.

The problem of deforestation is a Haitian problem requiring that each and every Haitian gets personally involved with reforestation efforts for any long term solution. We must hold ourselves accountable for our country's fate. This effort cannot be left solely in the hands of humanitarians or politicians abroad. And yet as I push for Haitian self-direction, political figures worldwide are introducing Bills that will propel our cause forward.
And very much like the US' Haiti Reforestation Act of 2010 that was largely ignored by our community, we cannot afford a cavalier attitude going forward. We must take a proactive stand for our children's future.

An so Yet another Bill, Bill S. 1013, was introduced on May 18, 2011 by United States Senators Durbin, Kerry, and Collins authorizing US Secretary of Agriculture to provide assistance to the Haitian Government.
The Bill's aggressive agenda proposes to end continued deforestation within 5 years, and in 30 years time restore Haiti's foresting areas to 1990 levels. We must take advantage of this opportunity to lift Haiti from the rubble of despair.
Bill S.1023 is still current for action by The Committee and states as such,

“The purpose of S. 1023 is to provide assistance to the
Government of Haiti to develop and implement, or improve,
nationally appropriate policies and actions to reduce
deforestation and forest degradation and to increase
afforestation and reforestation in a measurable, reportable and
verifiable manner.”

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CRPT-112srpt165/html/CRPT-112srpt165.htm

We need to save Haiti even when we read discouraging reports like this,

“Haiti's population will increase to some 16.1 million in 2050, according to projections by the Haitian Institute of Statistics and Informatics (phpBB), at the end of a press conference.

This population is currently estimated at about 10 million inhabitants. The poor, who account for more than half are around 6.4 million according to the study

In Haiti, the bar is still red at the end of 2012.
It is important that we acknowledge the most chronic energy shortages in order to correct it. Alternative sources energy must be found and used.
Wood, our country's most natural resource that is no longer abundant, is our principal energy source. This main source of energy is unsustainable. It has led to severe Erosion in the rural provincial regions. This has lead to widespread flooding, lost of crops, droughts. Every year these natural disasters, partly man made, because great lose of live stock.

We as Haitians must be proactive in this fight. We as Haitians must place a bet on reforestation and sustainable agriculture in Haiti.
We must pledge and commit to this initiative for all of us, old and young alike. Our future is at stake. Most importantly, The Haitian government must take
lead and mobilize its efforts to organize the nation’s campaign.
President Martelly and our politicians must goad private enterprise, the NGO and the Haitian community to get involved swiftly and answer the dire cries of our nation.

We must choose new alternative cooking fuels that will create local jobs and grow the economy by weaning ourselves from this dependency on imported foods, imported fuels and stoves. We must train our local farmers
Reforest the local hillsides
Repair species and local ecosystem
repair our and lake and lagoon
Bring experts for technologies suitable for our climate
Rebuild our Coral reefs

This will create millions of sustainable jobs that will break Haiti's vicious pattern of cyclical poverty and societal paralysis
Haitians around the world strive for opportunity. We are not looking for handouts, Just a chance to lift ourselves out of a chasm that imprisons our innovation.
Let us lift up our people, our nation into self-reliance and the prominence we once held in history.
Let us all choose this long-term solution; please Join me in signing this petition,
Reforest Haiti
Our Country, our involvement, our evolution! Vive Haiti! Pledge with me to
the importance of Nature, of forests, our ultimate source of oxygen and life!

Sincerely,

Edjoodelky Louis



Signed,

Edjoodelky Louis

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We must choose new alternative cooking fuels that will create local jobs and grow the economy by weaning ourselves from this dependency on imported foods, imported fuels and stoves. We must train...

We must choose new alternative cooking fuels that will create local jobs and grow the economy by weaning ourselves from this dependency on imported foods, imported fuels and stoves. We must train our local farmers
Reforest the local hillsides
Repair species and local ecosystem
repair our and lake and lagoon
Bring experts for technologies suitable for our climate
Rebuild our Coral reefs

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