The Tragedy of Hurricane Katrina Persuasive Essay by Nicky

The Tragedy of Hurricane Katrina
A discussion on the environmental, economic and social effects of hurricane Katrina and how they could be avoided in the future.
# 128038 | 1,177 words | 4 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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The paper explores both the environmental, economic and social impacts of hurricane Katrina as well as the government's response to the hurricane. The paper discusses how the government's ignorance and apathy to the poverty in the area exacerbated the effects of the disaster. The writer of this paper believes that the events and tragedies surrounding the Katrina disaster were unnecessary and can be mitigated in the future by addressing the problem of poverty.

Environmental Issues
Economic Issues
Government Response
Social Issues
Conclusion and Recommendations

From the Paper:

"Hurricane Katrina represents one of the biggest natural disasters in history. As such, its impact on the environment was significant to the extreme. According to Esworthy et al. (2006), almost every aspect of the environment in the area was affected. Mitigation measures had to be implemented in terms of large-scale, visual impacts such as clearing away debris and rubble, to microscopic-scale impacts such as drinking water contamination.
"According to Esworthy et al., the sheer scale of the cleaning effort affected all sectors of the government and the private sector. In terms of management, this presented a significant challenge. In addition to the question of whether federal and private sector institutions were adequate for the task at hand, a further concern was the adequacy of infrastructure such as landfill capacity, health and safety issues, and waste management."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Esworthy, Robert, Shierow, Linda-Jo, Copeland, Claudia, Luther Linda & Ramseur, Jonathan L. (2006, May 3). Cleanup After Hurricane Katrina: Environmental Considerations. CRS Report for Congress.
  • Forman, Tyrone A. & Lewis, Amanda E. (2006). Racial Apathy and Hurricane Katrina: The Social Anatomy of Prejudice in the Post-Civil Rights Era. Du Bois Review, 3:1, pp. 175-202.
  • Isidore, Chris. (2005, Sept. 6). Katrina's growing economic impact. New York: CNN/Money.
  • Kay, Joe. (2006, Feb. 14). Congressional report condemns government response to Hurricane Katrina. World Socialist Web Site.

Cite this Persuasive Essay:

APA Format

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