Monday, April 6, 2015

haze solution

Tis was in both the Nation and Bangkok Post this morning. I wrote and sent it early yesterday, in exasperation.
There is a way to limit the yearly haze, but the rich and powerful are surely too addicted to American-style idiocy to try it. Long ago in England, villages had commons, an area of communal ownership where locals could graze livestock.
If each Thai village had a plot of land where husks and stalks could be brought to be chopped up and composted, they wouldn't need to be burned, but could instead provide fertilising mulch. Some will say, in the manner of those in America who promote privatisation, that this could be done as a business. I don't think so. But it could be done, and without much problem, if profit and class didn't come before people and stability.