Re : [Gabon Discussion] The Incredible Beauty of Gabon
- Very well written, but it's as if you were actually addressing Bongo himself, rather than a bunch of old RPCVs who fondly remember wanting to do well for Gabon. Better to post it on:
That is, you could post it there, if there were actually an address to send it to. Regrettably, the only person you can contact there is the webmaster...
Now THAT's democracy à l'africaine!
De : webberstudio <webberstudio@...>
À : firstname.lastname@example.org
Envoyé le : Lundi, 23 Février 2009, 21h09mn 02s
Objet : [Gabon Discussion] The Incredible Beauty of Gabon
I just read every word I could find on the impending dam
construction, looking for the first time at all the photos I could
find on the gorgeous waterfalls, cataracts, turbulent waters,
featured in photos offered even by National Geographic. I am totally
stunned at the concept of yielding this treasure of the planet to any
mining project, whether Gabonese, Chinese or other. We in America
must treasure our global fortunes, not as possesions of our own,
whether they are Alaskan wilds, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone Park,
and even our own Niagara Falls. These are treasures, irreplaceable,
that belong to all citizens of the world. National borders may come
and go, may even melt away in future times of unforseen civilization,
but these magical spaces are gifts that must transcend temporary
means for wealth and exploitation, however great, if we are to retain
pride in ourselves as a civilized people, a noble planet. Gabon is
so very special with the second largest rain forest on the planet.
You have chosen wisely a mere seven years ago to preserve ten percent
of this beauty for all time. Do not abandon your promise for
temporary gain; solve the hydro generation differently as possibly
the French advocated in the 1960s. The cost difference will be
regained thousands of times over by those who come to your land
seeking the unique beauty you may show them forever, and you will
benefit forever in the joy, the pride and the soul of your people and
the Africa we all love so very much.
Alfred C. Webber, Jr.
Peace Corps Volunteer
Togo Fisheries, Sokode, 1966
PO Box 97
Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania USA
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