Many people in the developed world consider travel a worthy, or, at the very least, a benign undertaking. But according to journalist Christopher de Bellaigue, the world needs to wake up from its collective Instagram fever dream and recognize the damage tourism does to the environment and to the local economies that depend, to an unhealthy degree, upon it. The COVID-19 travel slowdown is giving people a chance to do just that, but it’s up to municipal and national governments to regulate sanity into existence.
About the Author
Christopher de Bellaigue has reported on the Middle East and South Asia since 1994. He’s the author of The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason.
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