Thursday, 22 March 2012

Old Providence, not Oil Providence, it is good to have hope

Although when you read the news it feels all doom and for every piece of feel good news there are ten of men's greed, of environmental degradation, it is good to hear that sometimes things happen as they should.

Two years ago the Colombian Government and a foreign oil exploration company wanted to drill in the reef off the coast of Providencia but a local campaign was started to stop the drilling. I am sure the prospects were not that great, otherwise oil may have prevailed, but the noise the locals made put an end to the drilling.

The locals feared a spill would destroy the reef, rightly so, and take away their main source of income. It was capitalism at its best. Although people may care for Nature they care more for their stomachs and where the money is going to come from to feed their kids.