El Pais Semanal weekly magazine

El Pais Semanal weekly magazine
El Pais Seman
al weekly magazine - out now with 6 page feature on This Empty World.
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In an ideal world, the beauty and majesty of these animals, and respect for all living things, would be enough to justify their continued existence. But that won’t be enough to save them.
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Many Africans would justifiably say that Western societies destroyed most of their own natural world centuries ago in the interests of economic expansion, and that in Africa, now it is their long overdue turn to economically grow. Why should they be deprived of the comfortable lives that most people have in the West? Yes, of course. But protection of the environment and economic benefit can go hand in hand.
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In many areas of East Africa where these animals do still exist - poor but still teeming with natural wonders - ecotourism is often the only truly significant source of long term economic benefit for the local communities. Take away the animals, and there is usually little left of economic value.
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Somewhere like Kenya, the tourism industry - the second largest sector of Kenya’s economy - would collapse without those animals. Few would come visit a world of livestock and dust.
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Photo is Bridge Construction with Elephants & Excavator from This Empty World. Elephants first, and then the constructed set were shot on exact same patch of eroded ranch land in Kenya, from the same camera position. All elements from the set were recycled.

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