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Old 01-09-2012, 10:56 AM
 
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To address one of your points - The ease of travel actually reduces environmental degradation as some countries are seeing the economic value of setting aside and preserving notable areas for tourism as opposed to exploiting the areas for other reasons (i.e. stripping a forest for paper resources, putting a mine in a mountain, demolishing a historical building to put in a concrete apartment or office). Countries are realizing you can make more money from tourist dollars. Sure some areas are overdeveloped and overvisited, but most governments, even third world, are making what you may find suprising progressive efforts to preserve these areas by limiting access, designating them as national parks/preserves/historic centers; strict rules and regulations about development, etc.
However, certainly globalization and mobility is taking it's toll on culture, as most of the world has now grown up with watching American TV and access to the internet. But that's all OK - one just has to work a bit harder and travel a bit further to get that true cultural experience in a distant land.

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Old 01-09-2012, 06:41 PM
 
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I really hope that in places like Indonesia and Brazil, the locals start realising the value of the rainforest as an asset to the economy, and start trying to develop a tourist industry instead of continuing with destructive practices like palm oil plantations. Rainforest eco-systems millions of years old, the most biologically rich and diverse eco-systems on the planet, are being felled at alarming rates.
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