Man Without Qualities

Friday, September 12, 2003

Ah, Wilderness!

Some environmentalists are saying that tourism to unspoiled places is spoiling the world's ecology.

But when the Man Without Qualities was recently in Costa Rica and Brazil - hot spots of ecotourism - all the ecotourists I met (and there were a lot of them - apparently mostly from rich parts of Europe) seemed to think they were doing something to get in touch with nature, and which was good for the environment.

Boy were they confused. They were mere neo-eco-imperialists by the reckoning of the groups complaining today.

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