Another tsunami has struck Indonesia. Latest report from Angelo Embuldeniya: "47 people dead and toll rising, magnitude now at 7.7 (Revised by USGS). Island had no warning system. Pangandaran, a beach resort worst hit. Larger hotels remain standing but many of the smaller buildings along the coast were destroyed. 1 person dead and 19 missing at Puring Bay, 60 miles further east. Link to the World Wide Help Group's blog.. Link to Wikinews article.
terrible event. simply terrible. but in the green mindset we should try to direct recovery spending with an eye towards towards elimination of the tourist traffic in the area and get the people there refocused on a totally local economy, unsullied by tourism.
this would have multiple benefits in that it would reduce jet traffic area to the area cutting down on fuel and carbon footprint. It would force the airlines become more efficient with smaller numbers of employees, the coastal waters would have less pollution and human impact enabling local fishing stocks to rebound. and most importantly it would return the local people to their native culture using whatever environmentally appropriate materials they have on hand for providing means of sustaining body and soul.