Over 170 countries celebrate this day of advocacy and action: does Burma? I don’t know. Inside the country, this was a common sight:
Mounds of garbage that showed no indication of biodegrading anytime soon. “Is concern for one’s environment not an inherent trait?” I wondered often. And yet, we trekked through villages in the northern states that had just received electricity in 2010. Powering a house? Possibly more important than placing rubbish bins around the city. Allowing citizens a fair and honest vote? Probably more pertinent than installing power lines.
On the hierarchy of needs, where do environmental concerns fall? How does a country fix all these problems, without creating a state that over-produces, over-consumes and under-appreciates? What do you think?