Ziplines don’t destroy environment

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2038

Dear Sir,

I have long regarded the Bangkok Post as a very reputable newspaper, possibly one of South East Asia’s finest newspapers.

However, the article written by Apinya Wipatayotin dated 26 March 2017 and entitled “Zipline faces damage claim” concerning Canopy Tree Adventures based in Pattaya, makes me suspect that the Bangkok Post has suffered from serious credibility issues and has now sunk into the levels of the gutter press. Most likely, the author could not be bothered to check the facts. The report appears to be very one sided. Will the Bangkok Post bother to retract the article and offer handsome compensation if it is proved to be false?

Unfortunately, Thailand has a long history of self-inflicted ecological disasters. Inland prawn farming, filling in khlongs to provide building space, and fishing techniques that destroy the breeding grounds are but a few examples.

For once, in Thailand, there is an adventure that does not create vast amounts of noise pollution, does not destroy the environment and provides invaluable local employment opportunities. This is none other than Canopy Adventures Thailand. This is a zip wire business where the method of propulsion is gravity itself. The views are spectacular, the sounds…of the jungle only. This is a truly sustainable eco-tourism model that Thailand would do well to embrace.

Perhaps, the Royal Forest Department should note that gliding serenely through the forest canopy does not destroy the forest. However, forest clearance to provide land for resort development or such like most certainly does destroy the forest; for unknown reasons the Royal Forest Department usually choses to ignore this.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Gibson

  • Chris

    Pretty sure having loud people flying through the jungle canopy does not however do wonders for the habitat of the wild life that lives and relies on this for its home.
    But then maybe people having fun is more important than wildlife habitat

    • Dana

      Wildlife habitat? Ok, the habitat is there but the animals are missing. So . . . I guess we should adjust downward to happy sounds from happy people having fun.

      • Chris

        Or maybe we should adjust upwards and work out what caused there to be no wildlife there in the first place and correct it so that wildlife can return.
        Remember wildlife is not only animals but also birds insects and a myriad of other creatures. Although I guess the mosquitos will do all right with all those tourists to munch on daily.

        • Robert

          Firstly, the fact that wildlife is in limited supply is a ground level problem and it is happening all over the world thus I am sure both of you make enormous contributions to the World Wildlife Fund to prevent habitat destruction rather than simply demonstrate “oneupsmanship.” We are courting disaster if we don’t take care of wild places. So, if we end elephant rides, remove zip lines, wall off wild areas and restock them with endangered species because, after all, “The Thais will surely bend to our ideas.” Oh, there is the rub, it is not your wild area to protect!

          • Dana

            Whatever happened to all of the big and little animals and grubs and worms and snakes and monkeys and mammals and small birds? They were eaten by hungry Thais. No amount of restocking and educating of Thais will work as long as they are hungry. Hungry humans including little girls with sticks and little boys with slingshots after school have remade the landscape. There is no going back.

          • Robert

            And so you do nothing. As stated ironically: “The Thais will surely bend to our ideas.”

          • Dana

            Accepting reality is not doing nothing and you are a little late to the extinction party to be lecturing the rest of us. Learn about the large mammals that used to roam Thai forests and you will be stunned. There is no going back. The future of Thailand is bed bugs, snakes, and insects. The notion that various extinctions can be prevented or managed is not supported by the facts. Hungary Thais will always checkmate politically correct foreigners.

          • Chris

            As it happens Robert I do contribute what I can to charities that try to protect habitats for animals, often by providing alternative means of living to people who are destroying that habitat. I am not engaging in any one upmanship when I say that we should adjust our outlook upwards rather than just keeping accepting as inevitable that the environments will be destroyed and not bothering to say or do anything about it.

  • Dana

    Ok, I am embarrassed (and I hope I spelled that word correctly). I used to be really really smart then about fifteen years ago I noticed that I was misspelling words (I hope that I spelled that word correctly). Now I do not know what to think. In my mind I am an alpha, but the evidence is now starting to point towards beta.
    As for right thinking well-intentioned humans doing the right thing for the planet: there is no reason for humans to breed every generation. Skipping a generation (and skipping and skipping and skipping) would benefit the planet. I never read this thought from the people who believe they are smarter than I am smart.