What is wrong with Disneyland?
Someone I work with noted that I appeared to make disparaging remarks about Disneyland in a recent blog. For this I apologise, as I certainly wouldn't want to give that impression. I was equating Disneyland with a false reality, which indubitably it is, but that does not make it a bad thing. Masses of people prefer to go to Disneyland, Centreparks and many other 'attractions' that imitate nature, or provide thrills of various sorts. This is great because if everyone wanted to go into the countryside, or into what remains of true nature, the latter would soon disappear.
If I am asked where is the most environmentally friendly place to have a holiday, the obvious answer would be in your back garden, of if you really must travel, somewhere you can get to in a couple of hours by train. But as Simon Barnes has pointed out that is not entirely correct. Without tourism, some of the most wonderful wildlife haunts in the world would soon disappear. It's not just the tourism that's important, it is the fact that people care.
And back to Disneyland, it is also important to know that Disney does give some funding towards wildlife.