Damien Gildea wrote:They want 'exotic' but not so exotic their dinner party guests won't have heard of it.
Damien Gildea wrote: Try telling all thos fat Indian ladies on the back of motorbikes that they should walk instead.D
eza wrote:But I don't think we have a right to sacrifice improvements in local life on the "altar" of conservation.
fatdad wrote:eza wrote:But I don't think we have a right to sacrifice improvements in local life on the "altar" of conservation.
Absolutely. Part of my sadness is totally for personal reasons. I do hope it does bring positive improvement. However, a large part of my concern is the belief that roads will not bring substantial improvement to the area, just environmental degradation, loss of the local culture (which is distinct from the remainder of Nepal), even prostitution, which is very common in that country. When Edmund Hillary decided to give back to the Everest region, he built hospitals, schools, clinics, etc., not roads.
fatdad wrote: ... even prostitution, which is very common in that country.
fatdad wrote:While the roads will bring modernization into the area, it will also destroy the primary source of revenue, which was the trekkers,...What the locals will be left with instead is traffic, dust, additional pollution and not much improvement in their lives
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