A Green History of the World

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Written by Clive Ponting

Ecotourism and recreational use are often more profitable than the destructive short-term extraction of resources.  In the United States, 95 million people enjoy outdoor recreation in wildlife areas annually, while another 70 million hunt and fish.  Americans spend $37 billion a year o­n recreation in these areas.  In Kenya, tourism brought $300 million in 1985.  A male lion living for 7 years there is estimated to be worth $515,000 to tourism, versus $1000 for its skin.  In Colorado today, tourism is more profitable than strip-mining, and who wants to ski down a slag heap?

Clive Ponting, A Green History of the World, cited in The Bioneers, ed. Kenny Ausubel, p.45.

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