What can be done? First we need to give as much help as possible to the victims of violent natural events. Then we can start with our own individual lives and try to be more thoughtful and less wasteful. How can we change the world if we don’t change ourselves? We can find kindred spirits near us and join with them to help our community. When massive rebuilding needs to be done, as it will in Joplin and Tuscaloosa and many other areas, careful planning can make for more eco-friendly systems. We’ve known for a very long time that certain areas are prone to tornados, others prone to hurricanes, others to earthquakes. It simply does no good to hope they won’t happen. If we plan for the very worst, and we are now seeing the results of the very worst possibilities, all over the world, then we can be better prepared. Is it too late? Perhaps, perhaps not.