The rush towards modernization
in Thailand has had negative consequences for many rural villages.
Some villages near Khon Kaen are using traditional, local knowledge
to move beyond modernization and build a more sensible, sustainable
These articles contain valuable ideas for remedying problems caused by modernization. Of course there is an even greater lesson to be learned here. Programs that abandoned traditional ways and embraced the promises of modernization should be scrutinized very carefully. The long term and indirect consequences to the environment need to be considered.
This is a lesson not only for developing countries. We are all dependent on the resources of the earth. People in the villages of Thailand live a simpler life, much closer to nature than in developed countries. That is why these villages were able to see the dramatic effect deforestation and pollution had on the environment so clearly and so quickly. These same problems occur in developed country as well, whether they recognize them or not.
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