Despite this bump in the day, it turned out to be a worthwhile experience, as the network of zip lines, cable bridges and rappelling ropes created a 3 hour circuit of fun with incredible views. I felt like I was in Fangorn Forest in the Lord of the Rings.
This visit peaked my curiousity about what environmental education Thai's receive in school, and what outcomes they have seen from it. There are clearly businesses in Thailand promoting eco-friendly tourism, but these are targeted toward tourists. A quick google search shows that academic interests have looked at efforts here, but I didn't see an overall strategy or state-led effort. However, when I googled "environmental education" generally, the third listing that came up was ironically the "Israel Ministry of the Environment."
Moving to a desert, attending the Deserts Conference, conversations with my dad, and a couple recent articles, have really got me thinking about the issue of our human connection to nature. To read the articles:
Losing Our Connection to Nature: Is Sustainability at Risk?
Humans Losing Touch with Nature