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Europe's ash cloud - stuff needs done!?

Some ideas that EVOKE folks might care to think about. Maybe your creativity and skills and knowledge can be of great use right now:

1) I think European folks stuck elsewhere and other stuck in Europe need a skill exchange. For example I heard of a teacher and a doctor who are on holiday in Antigua, meant to be home tomorrow but no planes. How could they be put in touch with a local school and clinic that could use their skills?

Has anyone already set up a mechanism to match folks with skills to opportunities to work or volunteer?

2) Food-exporting nations. I think several nations export perishable food to Europe by air freight. What is happening to this produce if no flights are coming here? Is it getting to market ok elsewhere? Is some other avenue needed? What are the economics and food security implications.

Previous eruptions of Eyjafjallajokull have caused ash clouds for u..., this could have big implications. The eruptions are related to climate change because of glacial melts apparently.

Update: added a post today with link the Guardian story about $1.3 M /day losses in Kenya due to ash cloud.

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Comment by Sarah Shaw Tatoun on April 19, 2010 at 6:57am
You know, I hadn't been giving this nearly enough thought-- thanks for bringing it to my attention. I think everybody has just been assuming this is a temporary problem. (I'm scheduled to fly back to the US in a little over a week, and I've certainly assumed I'll be able to do so.) But what if it's not? What if we've got a situation where air travel itself is going to be increasingly impractical?

Where could we place your idea of a skill exchange so it would be more widely seen? Craig's List? Local newspapers? I need to look into what I can find out about where stranded travelers are likely to gather in Prague.
Comment by Starling on April 19, 2010 at 7:15am
There is a FB page, are you on FB? I mentioned in it the next post when I found out about it.
Comment by Shakwei Mbindyo on April 19, 2010 at 1:23pm
I am one of the millions of travellers affected by this *sigh*. I am stuck in NYC. I do know that some fresh produce exporters are returning produce to farmers to be used as mulch as they are unable to get flights out. Brings a new angle to the great food miles debate doesn't it?
Comment by Sarah Shaw Tatoun on April 19, 2010 at 2:58pm
I noticed on Twitter under #ashtag and #silverlining someone in Kenya mentioned that farmers were delivering fresh produce that couldn't be exported to children's homes. Wonderful deed. Makes it even sadder that so many of the farms may not survive if this continues long.


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