Thursday, September 9, 2010
When malls recreate forests
But, Jordan, don't you think that malls (even the most beautifully designed ones) are also contributing to environmental degredation?
When I look at this photo, I recall Joni Mitchell's song, "Big Yellow Taxi":
"They paved paradise and put up a parking lot,
With a pink hotel, a boutique,
And a swinging hot spot.
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone?
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.
They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum.
And they charged all the people
A dollar and a half just to see 'em..."
I enjoy malls as much as anybody, especially for the aircon and relief from the heat. While I do find malls more pleasant if they have trees, grass, and mist, at the same time, I realize that malls are the epitome of consumerism -- one of the reasons there is enormous pollution and environmental damage throughout the world.
Moreover, even as we like to recreate forests in a mall, just outside in our streets and countryside, the government and corporations (mining, logging, etc.) think little about destroying trees and the environment as it suits them.
*Photo taken at Trinoma mall
Posted by Jo at 10:16 AM