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OUTRAGEOUS! Tanzania's Serengeti Highway Plan Could Destroy Major Carbon Sink

Environment  (tags: animals, habitatdestruction, environment, destruction, ecosystems, world, wildlife, humans, protection )

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Environmentalists are dismayed at plans by the Tanzanian government to build a major commercial highway through Serengeti National Park


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patrica and edw jones (190)
Monday August 16, 2010, 3:52 am
Enough is enough - why do they want a highway through the Serengeti - they must be insane.

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Monday August 16, 2010, 5:18 am
This is really sad news Cal. I know the place quite well since I lived 3 years near Arusha, Tanzania. Serengeti is a beautiful nature park with many animals. Destroying it in this way only proves that governments globally focus purely on reductionist, quantitative issues: economic growth, while completely overlooking a quality of life for society and nature. Nature will obviously be harmed by this activity but society will also not benefit. Time and time again it has shown that when roads are built into areas where traditional people live, then greedy people enter and exploit the natural resources from which local people live. The result is commonly deforestation, overuse of water leading to drought, overuse of soils leading to desertification, marginalization of local people and their consequent poverty. Living from their natural resources makes local people rich; but without their resources people becomes deprived and poor. Thus, governments - which were meant to be leaders of our societies, making us all safe and secure - are supporting economic profit for a minority of individuals by allowing them to exploit society with its precious people and nature with its priceless animals. They may only realize too late the terrible mistake they are making as the Native American is saying, “Only when you have felled the last tree, caught the last fish and polluted the last river, will you realize that you can’t eat money.”

Gail Lopez (65)
Monday August 16, 2010, 7:44 am
Outrageous, insane, sickening. Feeling helpless now, no doubt . . .

. (0)
Monday August 16, 2010, 10:28 am
Why isn't this a surprise anymore.

Michelle M (287)
Monday August 16, 2010, 10:45 am
Already signed. Thanks

Past Member (0)
Monday August 16, 2010, 10:48 am
Dagmar Andres-Brümmer
Thank You very much for the statitics, but what I want to know iswhat are you going to do about it, obviously 50 years of knowledge can be put into action...knowledge is only good when you act on it.

Ravens Car (0)
Monday August 16, 2010, 11:52 am
let get see

Isabel Araujo (1)
Monday August 16, 2010, 12:11 pm
Enough is enough. What for a highway through the Serengety? Tanzanian government must be stopped before more damage is done to the environment!

Debra D (11)
Monday August 16, 2010, 12:16 pm
What a terrible thing? When are human beings going to realize that they can't just do anything they want to the planet. I recognize the fact that economic growth is important, but there has to be another way.

Mark Contreras (4)
Monday August 16, 2010, 12:35 pm
This kind of psychotic disregard for our environments is basically encouraged still. And in a monetary system this kind of corrupted behavior will still flourish no matter what they say about their created global warming position.

abby l (3)
Monday August 16, 2010, 12:52 pm
outrageous plan, and self-destructive in the long run. They will not gain "in economic development" they will loose in ecotourism.

Re S (1)
Monday August 16, 2010, 12:53 pm
It has to be stopped. The source, motivation and suppliers of the funding need to be identified. This will give a pretty good indication on how to tackle the problem by putting pressure where it will be most effective. UNESCO and IUCN have to take the lead and put real pressure on the Tanzanian government to build the highway on the proposed alternate route. If it is a matter of funding, money has to be found to prevent the destruction of this unique and ecologically diverse but sensitive environment.

Cris Staubach (0)
Monday August 16, 2010, 1:28 pm
Outrageous, and depressingly upsetting.

Robert G (3)
Monday August 16, 2010, 1:52 pm
What more can be done to change this?

Past Member (0)
Monday August 16, 2010, 2:17 pm
This is one mess.

Trish K (93)
Monday August 16, 2010, 2:48 pm

Past Member (0)
Monday August 16, 2010, 3:00 pm
what do you expect with inco,petent governemnt running the show.....

Past Member (0)
Monday August 16, 2010, 3:01 pm
what do you expect with incompetent governemnt running the show.....

Clifton Jackson (124)
Monday August 16, 2010, 3:11 pm
NO!! No Highway! No way!! Do not change anything!!!

Karen L L (13)
Monday August 16, 2010, 3:38 pm
When will we learn the developing the natural landscape and wildlife habitat will eventually bring about a demise to the very elements of of our being alive. Go to Jytte Nhanenge's website and read the quotations she has posted there. Thank heavens there are people like Jyette who "get it." Were that more did. Those of us who value the earth and all it's living creatures just need to keep trying to expand that understanding and concern.
Karen L. Lew

Karen L L (13)
Monday August 16, 2010, 3:40 pm
Please excuse all the typographical errors in my my recent posting. I ask that you read past them and understand my passion, even if I mess up the words.

Karen L. Lew

pam w (139)
Monday August 16, 2010, 4:30 pm
I've been to Tanzania several times and can understand why they might need a road to get people to hospitals, etc. BUT..disrupting the migration will destroy the eco-system not ONLY in Serengeti, but also the Masai Mara, because THEY ARE ONE AND THE SAME!

I know the Kenyans are outraged by this.

Last month I was in the Mara and saw smoke from the wildfires DELIBERATELY SET in Tanzania...Kenyans say they're trying to stop the wildebeest from crossing the river into Kenya so they can have more tourists in Tanzania.

I can't swear to that....but, if it's true, they're cutting their own throats and killing an entire system of life.

Kris B (136)
Monday August 16, 2010, 4:35 pm
Less people no need for new road!

Monica D (580)
Monday August 16, 2010, 4:57 pm
Very sad. I hope that the proposed project can be stopped.

josie batlles (44)
Monday August 16, 2010, 6:24 pm
Absolutely crazy! why on earth would they want a higway through Serengeti? This is just sad and depressing! I hope it is stopped!! very interesing article..thanks very much for sharing x

Peter B (54)
Monday August 16, 2010, 6:27 pm
crazy needs to be stoped noted and shared thanks Cal

Mary Donnelly (47)
Monday August 16, 2010, 6:51 pm
Thanks for post Cal. Poverty is resposible for some peculiar decisions.

Past Member (0)
Monday August 16, 2010, 7:07 pm
There is a website where you can get all the news about this called "Save the Serengeti."

Alejandra Vega (139)
Monday August 16, 2010, 7:34 pm
A moronic decision. TY, Cal and Nance B.

Jeannette A (137)
Monday August 16, 2010, 9:03 pm
Noted.....Mankind cannot seem to leave well enough alone. It seems that there will always be a power struggle between those who try to save that which graces our planet and makes our world special and those who only wish to control the land and its bounty for their own greedy uses.

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Monday August 16, 2010, 10:28 pm
Typical human behaviour. Speak to a brick wall rather.

Angela Weber (27)
Monday August 16, 2010, 11:22 pm
I am so sick of what a plague our species is to the planet. Very often I read or hear something that makes me glad that I didn't have any kids to help in the destruction of our amazing, but failing Mother Earth. There are far too many morons making STUPID decisions!

R T (14)
Tuesday August 17, 2010, 2:28 am
Please help preserve this valuable resource by keeping the pressure on. If you haven't signed or want more info

Please pass it on to all your friends and contacts only by taking action can we hope to stop this.
Make a difference, Plant a Tree.

Gillian Van Wyk (2)
Tuesday August 17, 2010, 3:01 am
Please could someone talk some sense into the decision makers of this proposed highway. In South Africa we have a major road cutting through a reserve and the number of road kills and the poaching from this road is causing a huge loss of wildlife let alone the effect it would have if it prevented migrations. Why can paople not see that we all are interdependent and that we need the wild as much as we need progress. Progress is destroying our planet just now there will be nothing left but human beings then what will we destroy. Each other?

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Tuesday August 17, 2010, 3:39 am
This is one of those problems where two interests are in conflict. It is important to preserve nature and at the same time, the people that are disadvantaged need to have greater access to allow them to benefit from trade and other benefits that will derive to a the building of a road.
Thank you, Nance B., for posting the link for the proposed alternate southern road:
This needs further investigation and pressure applied to find and implement the best solution that would benefit the people of Tanzania and the animals and nature as well.

Tuesday August 17, 2010, 4:08 am
I felt physically SICK when I read this. I lived in Africa during the early seventies and this park is the most wonderful place you could ever imagine... like something out of a fairy tale...or at least, it was back then. I am afraid that the African governments have never had protecting their wildlife as a top priority! The people seem to vary from the most delightful people in the whole world, to the most corrupt and dangerous powerful and corrupt people you could ever meet! Is there going to be anything we can do to protest against this?

Jennifer M (78)
Tuesday August 17, 2010, 2:46 pm
Why do they need a damn highway??? STOP RAPING AND KILLING EARTH!!!

Sean K (12)
Tuesday August 17, 2010, 5:07 pm
Do you know what? Any actions done by this government are being done with hopes to prosper, and seek equal opportunity for all of its denizens occupying this area. This is what happens when third world countries get an taste of "American Pie", they see how others have it, and would also like to experience it.

Guess what, who could blame them for doing what is necessary to get it. There is enough of everything in the first place, why not allow for others to share in the opportunity to gain, and enjoy the spledors of Life that others display with no mind as to those without this opportunity. Equality means equal shares for all involved.

If we were to pool our combined resources and contribute with actions showing there was enough for all, well maybe others would not have to go to the extreme to get their tastebuds satisfied. Offering that which is abundance in one place, to another place that is doing whatever needed to obtain it, offsets the need to destroy in order to recieve, as all other nations of "Great Wealth" have done in the past and set forth the pace for others to copy.
The road will probably be built, maybe though with enough support for the alternate road proposal, and maybe even some economic support from the Wealthier countries for doing so, we could possibly begin to set the pace for future Co-operative endeavors, creating that which is sustainable for all involved, and providing the brickwork for future generations to come.
Just an thought!

greenplanet e (155)
Tuesday August 17, 2010, 7:48 pm
Any corporations behind this?

Wealthy countries have exploited Africa to the hilt and made it poor.

Sean K (12)
Tuesday August 17, 2010, 8:09 pm
Yes Koo J., I agree, though that was before awareness was ever brought to our attention, now we can have an say about how it is, thus putting pressure on those responsible to actually own up to their misguidings.
Maybe, or maybe not will they actually admit anything, but I guarantee they will be the first to help pay the tab in order to promote themselves.
Which in any language becomes an positive change for the advancement of all cultures involved, those responsible, and those that "were" at risk to begin with.

Diana Eucker (1)
Monday December 27, 2010, 7:14 am
It always amazes me that we continue to be focused on the almighty dollar and never on the end results. I would think that we would all learn and actually take the time to think what will happen due to man's actions in situations like this. Only when all the animals are gone, all the birds, fish and reptiles leave will we look at one another as if to say, "what happened." It shouldn't take extinction of such a beautiful area to give us common sense what we are about to do.
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