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Thursday, 2 August 2007

Of war, ecology and tourism. Tan Dinh, Saigon. Memories of Vietnam


Posted by PicasaI was looking at a documentary last night on television. It was another put out by the Nicolas Hulot foundation. It dealt with the Mekong in Laos and Cambodia and the Lake of Tonle Sap; I have always admired his work. Even French presidential candidates are obliged to listen to him.

A great deal of damage was done to what used to be known as Indo China during the course of forty odd years of war. With the massive bombing of the Americans and the use of Agent Orange this became very long lasting.

From an ecological point of view and even in the long term a humanitarian one as well I can only feel that massive commercialisation and tourism must be doing almost as much damage. The deforestation for profit is destroying far more of the forest than was ever the case during the wars. The list is endless.

His films always leave me very bitter.

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