Friday December 23rd 2011 Tim
The Green Belt Movement in
Kenya has planted forty five million trees in an attempt to prevent
advancing desert. Since 1982 the Chinese government claims to have
planted forty billion trees, many of them as a green wall against
the Gobi. Years ago I wanted to work on the pipe line that took
oil from the North of Alaska to the South of Alaska. I thought it
a marvelous enterprise and a great adventure.
Increasingly I have come to think
that one of the troubles with the "grand scheme" might be "who benefits."
Which is probably why more recently the expression "Public/Private
partnership" suggests no more to me than "Someone will get richer for
no good reason." I didn't always think this way. And I wonder when my
downfall began. Probably by the pyramids at Giza.