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The Things We Trade for Economic Progress is the Destruction of the Environment and Its Creation

Written By David D'Angelo on Sunday, August 10, 2008 | 8/10/2008

I have read while logging into Yahoo today, the story about the Yeti of Bhutan. The Yeti is known to many as the Abominable Snowman. A large beastly creature which is huge and gigantic in size. For many it is a legend but for those who have seen it years ago in an isolated Bhutan it is as true as it can get and as common as clouds in the sky.

But nowadays in the midst of skyrocketing progress in Bhutan it seems creatures like the Yeti has no place in it. It's fate had ended the same time as people there decided that economy, large house, partying and technology are more important than living at peace and in harmony with nature.
"The creature has always been out there, and it's out there still," says Sonam Dorji, 77, sitting on the pockmarked wooden floor of his small farmhouse. It's a cold Himalayan morning, and he warms himself beside a wood stove. The smell of burning pine fills the room. "If you travel the ancient trails, even today, there's a good chance you'll meet him."
That was a piece of the article published in Yahoo entitled, "Losing the yeti in forgotten nation of Bhutan". It is sad to note that as progress came over to us we forgot the simple things in life that makes us happy. The human instinct of being insatiable in our wants succumbs most of the people and denies the fact that it is nature than would suffer.

Bhutan is one of the most isolated and least developed nations in the world. Foreign influences and tourism are regulated by the government to preserve the nation's traditional culture, identity and the environment. In 2006, however, Business Week rated Bhutan the happiest country in Asia and the eighth happiest country in the world. The landscape ranges from subtropical plains in the south to the Himalayan heights in the north, with some peaks exceeding 7,000 metres (23,000 ft). The state religion is Vajrayana Buddhism, and the population is predominantly Buddhist, with Hinduism being the second-largest religion. The capital and largest city is Thimphu. After centuries of direct monarchic rule, Bhutan held its first democratic elections in March 2008. (Bhutan. (2008, August 7). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 07:28, August 10, 2008, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bhutan&oldid=23034262)

Bhutan is starting to see progress and they may also be starting to see the degradation of their traditional culture, identity and the environment. That is the price that most nations pay as a price of globalization.

2 comments:

Wildluver said...

Yes... You're correct. In India Tiger population is dwindling like anything. This is the high time to think about the environment...

Shen said...

You are indeed correct... that is why I am inviting everyone to participate and help us in the upcoming World Creative Youth Forum (WCYF) 2009. You can visit the website at www.worldcreativeyouthforum.net