No matter how hard the environmentalists try to limit man’s development and progress towards a better way of life, I think they will fail. People want to be free to travel and to enjoy their lives and they are finding that all the new technological breakthroughs in recent years help them attain that lifestyle.
There will always be people who want to go back to the way things were. There will always be people who say that we are killing ourselves by destroying the earth. And there will always be people who want to take away other people’s freedoms in the name of preserving the environment. But there will always be more people that just don’t care. At least that is what I think to be the case.
Yes, technology can create waste, byproducts, and harm us in ways we probably haven’t even determined yet. An example of this is the effects of cell phones on the brain. Cell phones are new enough that it is impossible to really know whether there will be long term negative effects by all the electromagnetic fields that are created from cell phones. The World Health Organization believes that cell phones might be found to be very dangerous years from now. But are the warnings about cell phones a real concern to most people? Absolutely not because people LOVE the convenience of them. In fact cell phones for kids are more popular than ever as even children are asking for them at increasingly younger ages. It is a trend that just can’t be stopped! Just look at this video for example.
The fact is that people WANT to fly on planes, drive cars, travel on trains, and do all the things that traveling around the world requires. They want to take part in all the modern conveniences that have become available to them in the last 50 to 100 years and most really don’t care that much about pollution. I think the largest segment of people on Earth will always be those that are living for today and are not concerned about tomorrow. Perhaps that is a sad commentary but we are at heart a selfish people.
Tourism is a bigger world industry today than it has ever been and that is due to the modern inventions that make travel easier. Many countries are seeing first hand how helpful tourism can be to their economies and it is unlikely that many of them will willingly do things that will harm this new trend. Yes, some may create Eco-friendly beaches, forests, or whatever but most will do anything to bring in the dollars. More money today is just too tempting.