“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr
Amid the devastation of Petropolis by floods and mudslides, a group of firefighters took the time to rekindle the spirits of a young boy named Noam by singing and dancing around him.
Noam and his family were among those hundreds of people who have lost their homes due to the recent natural disaster that hit Petropolis, just a month after a similar catastrophe caused by climate change and rapid urbanization.
The Devastation of the Historic Imperial City Due to Climate Change
Petropolis was built in 1845, during the reign of Brazilian Emperor Pedro II, who came to love the cool climate of the region.
Petropolis is situated in the valley of Serra Órgãos, just 40 kilometers north of the city of Rio de Janeiro. It is Brazil’s second planned city, where stately mansions were constructed along with the emperor’s summer residence, which now houses the Imperial Museum.
However, the recent decades saw the construction of numerous tightly packed houses along the mountainside, according to Antonio Guerra, a geography professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Many of these structures were built without permits, and some are perched on high-risk areas.
Since 2001, people and non-government organizations have been warning the city about impending disasters due to rapid urbanization and deforestation. Calamity after calamity has struck Petropolis, claiming thousands of lives and destroying millions’ of dollars worth of properties.
“Rain is the great villain, but the main cause is poor land use. There’s a total lack of planning,” Guerra told The Associated Press.
Marcelo Seluchi, a coordinator at the National Centre for Monitoring and Early Warning of Natural Disasters added, “They are all weather extremes, happening very close to one another. Climate change also acts to increase the frequency of events, and we are clearly observing this.”
Brazilian Firefighters Help to Keep a Young Boy’s Hope Alive
In times of disaster, firefighters are among the first to respond. They are among the foremost witnesses to the havoc and misery that calamities bring upon innocent villagers.
In this case, a child named Noam is among the hundreds of victims who have lost their homes and loved ones to the floods and mudslides that followed Petropolis’s worst rainfall since 1932, and firefighters were among the first to offer him comfort.
With undaunted spirit, the firefighter cheered up the boy by singing and dancing around him. Seeing the firefighters’ effort to keep someone’s hope alive, everyone else feels their spirits rekindled.
Watch this heartwarming video.
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