Global Circumnavigation

Home » Uncategorized » If you have the chance take a read about the Three Gorges Dam its interesting(I have just added one source of info but there are many available), and the dam has made many things possible here in china that may not of been possible and if there is one thing I have learned from my trip it is that we are all connected, so if you own anything that was made in china, well then you most likely have benefited from this dam :o There are lots of things to look at and its not all rosy but the more you know at least the more you can have an opinion that is meaning full and based in sound facts. This is why I wanted to see the Dam for myself so I can learn so I hope I can share a little bit of what I have learned here. I don’t what to open up a political debate here but just challenge everyone to think in a holistic way, that considers the direct and indirect affects of such big projects, the final results are never simple but are far reaching that is for sure. A small example: this dam changes the ecology of the Yangtze which is not good for the native fish species but produces hydro to run chinas growing industrial industries so then china can make things like toasters. These toasters and other goods can then be shipped using the more navigable channels upstream of the dam, then downstream till passing by the busy shipping lanes North of Shanghai that I saw earlier and onwards to North America were they can be sold at more affordable prices, and hence the 4 slice toaster that I used to have in my kitchen for 10 years. so that creates an interesting, important but odd sounding question for me to consider… how much affect did my purchase of a toaster in a store in North America affect the fish and other species that live in the Yangtze River?

If you have the chance take a read about the Three Gorges Dam its interesting(I have just added one source of info but there are many available), and the dam has made many things possible here in china that may not of been possible and if there is one thing I have learned from my trip it is that we are all connected, so if you own anything that was made in china, well then you most likely have benefited from this dam :o There are lots of things to look at and its not all rosy but the more you know at least the more you can have an opinion that is meaning full and based in sound facts. This is why I wanted to see the Dam for myself so I can learn so I hope I can share a little bit of what I have learned here. I don’t what to open up a political debate here but just challenge everyone to think in a holistic way, that considers the direct and indirect affects of such big projects, the final results are never simple but are far reaching that is for sure. A small example: this dam changes the ecology of the Yangtze which is not good for the native fish species but produces hydro to run chinas growing industrial industries so then china can make things like toasters. These toasters and other goods can then be shipped using the more navigable channels upstream of the dam, then downstream till passing by the busy shipping lanes North of Shanghai that I saw earlier and onwards to North America were they can be sold at more affordable prices, and hence the 4 slice toaster that I used to have in my kitchen for 10 years. so that creates an interesting, important but odd sounding question for me to consider… how much affect did my purchase of a toaster in a store in North America affect the fish and other species that live in the Yangtze River?

https://www.mtholyoke.edu/~lpohara/Pol%20116/overview.html


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