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How super-rich tourism may help the planet

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    Neverland Link
    Slight tangent: I am really looking forward to rich people in orbit. Rich folks control the world much more than mere mortals. The Overview Effect seems to be a real deal which has turned even...

    Slight tangent: I am really looking forward to rich people in orbit. Rich folks control the world much more than mere mortals. The Overview Effect seems to be a real deal which has turned even some hardened ex-military astronauts into tree huggers.

    We need more rich tree huggers.

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    1. Catt Link Parent
      That would be a really interesting effect to see. It's quite similar to some reptile conservation efforts I've heard of in Asia, where because using their skins for purses and shoes and stuff...

      That would be a really interesting effect to see. It's quite similar to some reptile conservation efforts I've heard of in Asia, where because using their skins for purses and shoes and stuff became really popular, it drove a strong (and honestly effective) conservation program.

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    time Link
    I'd rather see the super-rich taxed much more heavily, and that money used to preserve and restore nature instead. Even though the super-rich tourism to islands described in the article is doing a...

    I'd rather see the super-rich taxed much more heavily, and that money used to preserve and restore nature instead. Even though the super-rich tourism to islands described in the article is doing a net good for now, I'd rather not rely on the whims of these people to decide what is worth saving. It is frustrating that we as a civilization need to resort to catering to the whims of these people who happened to become immensely wealthy to preserve the world we all share. I would much rather see some kind of government step in and preserve the environment for the good of everyone.

    To be fair, my suggestion relies instead on a government to decide that the islands are worth preserving, and to allocate funds from taxes. I just feel like if the government isn't an oligarchy that the preservation of natural ecosystems would be more likely to be a priority than maintaining these places would be after the whims of the rich shift to some other location and they stop visiting. Though in the US lately, the will of the government seems to be almost entirely in line with the whims of the rich anyways, so the point is moot. Hopefully we can change that before it's too late.

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    1. Catt Link Parent
      That would be ideal. And honestly, off topic, but improved taxation policies would help people in general a lot more, thinking things like education, health care, and parental leave sort of things.

      That would be ideal. And honestly, off topic, but improved taxation policies would help people in general a lot more, thinking things like education, health care, and parental leave sort of things.

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