Sunday 6 January 2019

National Heritage Treated Like Trash

Take trash home, can't you? 
"National parks are America's public lands, but right now they're America's trashcans. That's because the U.S. federal government, embattled over funding for a border wall, has shut down, leaving national parks open and largely unattended. Since the shutdown began, brimming trashcans, overflowing toilets, and trespassing has been reported at many parks locations. [...] the full scale of the problem is yet to be determined but clean up timelines will range in length. “Some [efforts] will take weeks or months. Some will last generations. Some may not be able to be fixed.”..."  [Sarah Gibbens, 'National parks face years of damage from government shutdown:When the government eventually reopens, park experts warn reversing damage won't be as easy as throwing out the trash'. National Geographic Magazine Jan 4th 2019].
 In Britain, one day people will wake up to the damage that has been done to the archaeological resource through two generations or more of unregulated artefact hunting, and it will be curbed. But even though the hoiking will be regulated, it will be utterly impossible to repair the damage that has been done in our times.

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