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Tsunami disscusion: thoughts on michael's letter by Sophie-Louise on 11 January 2005 12:35am
 

Hello palinites and Michael.

just read michael's letter, thank you very much for it michael, we all appreciate hearing your thoughts on the terrible tragedy. it is great to hear words of kindness and ideas from a person people respect at a terrible time like this.

being an A level Geographer, I have an idea to michaelís following words:


"It will be interesting to hear your thoughts, ideas and experiences of the disaster. There have been suggestions, for instance that coastline protected by mangrove trees suffered less from the tsunami than areas where the mangrove had been pulled up to create tourist facilities. Yet the economies of many of the countries hit by the disaster depend on tourism. How far should we go in adapting the natural world to the artificial requirements of tourists. Food for thought. What do Palin's Travellers think ?"


i agree with michael by saying that sustainable tourism is definitely the answer. after all, these countries largely rely on tourism for much of their income. Maybe having certain areas of the coastline in which development of new tourist facilities are not allowed to be built, therefore allowing these mangrove trees to carry on growing and giving us natural protection. I visited Zermatt on a fieldtrip in July and a greenbelt has been created to the east of the town where no further development is allowed to take place due to the local culture being ruined. Also the developments would be in a dangerous position as the area is at high risk from avalanches if the trees were cut down for further development. I know this has little to with the areas hit by the Tsunami, but i feel this example from Switzerland would work in these areas. For example, the tourist developments (or what's left of them) which already exist along the coast should be rebuilt but with higher foundations, further back from the beach and new trees planted in front of the hotel to act as wave breaks which are not an eyesore to tourists. The area of trees and plants separating the hotels and resorts from the sea would act as a greenbelt, but instead of preventing urban sprawl would be helping to prevent a disaster like this happening again. People can't change nature but they can change their reaction to it by putting themselves in a safer position. This wouldn't prevent damage all together if another tsunami was to strike, but if a 20ft sea wall is built in front of the hotel, the tourist industry is going to suffer! this is why i think it's the best option to be sustainable as possible.

However there are many problems with my idea, as there are with any decision of change in an area. What about the people who can't get the land to build their hotel further back from the shore? where is the money to rebuild a more expensive then before construction going to come from? there is aid but nowhere near enough. Also, could the governments actually enforce a rule of this kind as they have in Switzerland, it would be extremely difficult and costly.

This is also why (as Michael said) we shouldn't just forget about this terrible disaster when it's out of the papers because it will take these countries time and money to return to the way they were. Even more time and money to create a safer environment for the tourists and the locals. Don't just give money on a one off, they will need us for years.

Sophie-Louise xxx
 
Re: Tsunami disscusion: thoughts on michael's letter by dr snow on 11 January 2005 4:52am
 
I just can't understand why didn't the goverments put the early warning devices in place in the Indian Ocean,do you want to know why;
They said they;THE ISLANDS,would not benefit from it,and the sad thing is the goverments new the earthquake would hit bang on.And look at the devastation now,and why didn't they warn them,well like they said it;the islands would'nt benefit,what next?
 
Re: Tsunami disscusion: thoughts on michael's letter by dr snow on 11 January 2005 4:54am
 
I just can't understand why didn't the goverments put the early warning devices in place in the Indian Ocean,do you want to know why;
They said they;THE ISLANDS,would not benefit from it,and the sad thing is the goverments new the earthquake would hit bang on.And look at the devastation now,and why didn't they warn them,well like they said it;the islands would'nt benefit,what next?
 
Re: Tsunami disscusion: thoughts on michael's letter by monkey juice on 11 January 2005 4:58am
 
Keep up the good work everybody :)
 
Re: Tsunami disscusion: thoughts on michael's letter by keys on 11 January 2005 5:32am
 
Wow, it's interesting to see that not a few people know about the fact that certain nations DID know about the tsunami and chose not to warn others. I read about it in the newspaper. :)

They don't have a warning system in the Indian Ocean because a) it's costly and most nations in that region don't have that sort of extra $$ to spend b) who's going to maintain it? another question of money and experts c) it's rare that a tsunami of such magnitude happens so it's not economically efficient to have such a system in place. Not that I'm advocating/outright condemning anything--just to share what I know.

Myself, I've been totally captivated by this whole event and my heart goes out to all those affected (donating a healthy portion of Xmas $$ to the Red Cross despite university debt). In fact, I'm writing a 5000-word research paper on the whole situation (economic and technological reasons with focus on Sumatra) so I'm a sounding board to any other ideas out there!

Oops, it's quite a lengthy post!
Stephanie
 
Re: Tsunami disscusion: thoughts on michael's letter by macauley on 11 January 2005 7:29am
 
..guess it is up to an unfortunate American taxpayer to insert this info: if you are filing an American tax return and you itemize your contributions and want them to count as deductions on your tax return, please note that you need to send to charities located in the US,as so far the British(overseas) Red Cross does not comply..so send to :American Red Cross...Oxfam with the US location, IRF, same........do check it out and PLEASE be generous..........please contribute as much as you can........hate to bring up tax implications, but it does impact on some of us............and am not a tax accountant but read of the warning in the local newspaper...........send, send,send...
 
Re: Tsunami disscusion: thoughts on michael's letter by Wild in Africa on 11 January 2005 3:13pm
 
I posted these thoughts already on an earlier thread but after reading Michael's letter want to restate them here.
I represent a British charity called Relief UK that has a team on the ground in Sri Lanka providing emergency medical care. They are also developing work for longer term reconstruction of water supply, homes, schools etc. Presently the only web link is via our US parent organisation, Relief International, based in Los Angeles. The website address is www.ri.org
We are in the process of creating a link to Relief UK where it will be possible to make credit card donations via the web very shortly.
 
Re: Tsunami disscusion: thoughts on michael's letter by Helen on 11 January 2005 3:28pm
 
excellent post, Sophie Lou. I have been mulling this issue over in my mind, and it's got quite the list of pros and cons.

I think a new poll on the site would be great. I am interested in seeing various viewpoints.
 
Re: Tsunami disscusion: thoughts on michael's letter by Sophie-Louise on 11 January 2005 3:41pm
 
yeah helen, a new poll about the tsunami is a brilliant idea. if you read this webmaster, we would like that!

the warning system is the first step towards making these places safer but this will only get people out the way, they will have their lives but what about their homes and businesses, both issues of protection from future waves and warning systems need to be set up.

Wild in Africa, this looks like a very promising charity, i'm very impresses by the aims and organisation of the staff. i hope people donate alot as this looks like it will bring alot of hope, not only for the short term, but for many years to come.
 
Re: Tsunami disscusion: thoughts on michael's letter by dr snow on 12 January 2005 12:10am
 
it's amazing that someone can say,that the goverment,couldn't afford early warning system,s for the Indian Ocean,
whenever they were spending billion's on nuclear weapon's.The 11 and 13 of May india detonated underground nuclear bombs,their first Atomic bomb,on the 18 of May 1974 as well as u.s.s.r and u.s.a 7 between themselves.
 
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