With the ash cloud from the Iceland Volcano floating around the European Airspace, the World is experiencing the biggest air chaos in history, much worse than the aftermath of 9/11. Tens of thousands of travelers are trapped trying to get home to and from Europe, goods cannot be air freighted endangering thousands of businesses worldwide, costing hundreds of millions of dollars to the airline industry, business cannot be progressed and what will be the effect on a UK economy timidly coming out of the recession…
Insurance companies cannot do anything against “an act of God” and people are left trying to find out who is going to pay the bill… Hotel prices are rocketing due to extreme demands from stranded passengers. In all this chaos, we are witnessing a wonderful unprecedented event: The people is rising to help the people!
It has taken all this chaos to reveal the good left in humanity on the very front face of the Internet, social media are full of channels trying to provide free and caring solutions for the stranded. Twitter offers many solutions for people looking to carpool long distances across Europe to get home and share the cost, people are offering their homes, cooked meals and entertainment on Facebook… I had to cut short a very important business trip around the World last week and go back to New Zealand from Singapore rather than carrying on to the UK and the US, but somehow this makes me happy, seeing such an endeavour to help at the goodness of people heart is wonderful.
The Stranded in New Zealand Facebook Page contains thousands of people offering all the help they can afford and often more, thank you New Zealand it makes me proud to have moved down there 3 years ago and thank you the People for showing a wonderful use of Social Media!