Monday, December 15, 2014

Another Sad Affair

You know that feeling you get when you read or see something in the news that stays on your mind for days on end? That’s what happened when I heard that Hong Kong and Nicaragua were partnering to do a canal.  

This isn’t the first time a proposal has been discussed. Years ago they wanted to do it but it cost too much and it cut through too much land (animals and people would suffer).

It seems that now there is money for this enormous project. The problem with the new plan is that they would still have to cut through a ton of land such as two nature reserves (home to a variety of tropical animals and plants species) and the famous cloud forest. Then, they will continue toward Lake Nicaragua (a major source of water for the people) and past Ometepe Island, which was built by two volcanoes (I think one of them is still active!). But they don’t stop there, they would still need to cut through the cities like Rivas that are heavily populated (just because it’s an isthmus).

Is it really more important to rival the Panama Canal?

I’m sure scientists the world over are concerned about this.

Think of the ecological impact it would have to the country, its poor, its animals and plants, and the climate change inflicted upon the surrounding countries… maybe even the world.

Its news like this that get you thinking about the price we pay for advancement in our lives.

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