To Tatopani, reflections on the road

After Marpha we had a long walk down through the Kali Gandaki valley to the village of Ghasa. For most of this walk we managed to avoid the road. From Ghasa to Tatopani the stupidity of the road became too much for me… so out came the camera as I filmed some of what I was seeing and shared my thoughts. This road was becoming a powerful metaphor for all the bad decision making in the world that ignores the obvious power of nature and benefits of working in harmony with local environments and wisdom of local people.

Building a road through one of the most stunningly beautiful valleys in the world, how stupid is that? A road that is a result of economic pressure from China and India, political instability in Nepal, and poorly informed local people living a dream of prosperity in a region made rich by its stunning beauty and people coming to walk and wonder
Building a road through one of the most stunningly beautiful valleys in the world, how stupid is that? A road that is a result of economic pressure from China and India, political instability in Nepal, and poorly informed local people living a dream of prosperity in a region made rich by its stunning beauty and people coming to walk and wonder
What direction do we want to go in? Working with nature or seeking to dominate nature?
What direction do we want to go in? Working with nature or seeking to dominate nature?

What direction do we want to go in? Do we want to be connected with, and working with nature. Or do we want to continue with the belief that we can dominate nature? The age of cheap oil has given us a false sense of our power, and it has fostered both laziness and greed.

A massive erosion face tells the story of how unstable this landscape is and how futile the road is through this region, particularly with future effects of climate change in the picture
A massive erosion face tells the story of how unstable this landscape is and how futile the road is through this region, particularly with future effects of climate change in the picture

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