Read the full article in the Feburary 2011 PERIScope.
The world witnessed numerous large-scale disasters in 2010, ranging from major earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and China to devastating flooding in China and Pakistan to heat waves and wild fires in Russia. In the U.S., the blowout of BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in this country's largest environmental disaster to date. As of the writing of this article, eastern Australia is experiencing record flooding. Regardless of the various causes and consequences of these disasters, the common thread among them is that survivors of these events are seeking ways to move forward and to "recover." Individuals, groups, communities, and in some cases, societies, are facing the inevitable questions: What constitutes "recovery" and how do we know when it has been achieved?