National Geographic wants you to pay to exploit, plunder, and destroy Earth’s beauty and cultures, co-opting ecologists

October 18, 2021 by Joshua
in Nature

Two days ago I posted my conclusions from talking to the Chief Engineer of an electric plane company, Terik Weekes.

The laws of physics dictate that without fossil fuels and a with population that needs land for food more than bio jet fuel, we won’t be able to fly across oceans. (Read more in my post Prepare yourself that you will soon be unable to fly across an ocean​.)

Last night in an unrelated conversation, a friend told me about National Geographic’s spit in the face of people and wildlife suffering from pollution: Around the World by Private Jet​.

Check out their plane, a special designed that pollutes more per person:

Instead of the standard 233 seats, the jet’s interior has been customized to accommodate just 75 passengers in two-by-two, VIP-style leather seating. You’ll enjoy excellent access to experts and staff, who provide informative briefings and lectures throughout the expedition.

Their highlights of destruction, exploitation, and plunder

They’re charging about $100,000 to destroy the world’s most beautiful spots and homogenize cultures. I suspect they’ll congratulate each other for how much they’re doing to protect nature while polluting more than nearly anyone who ever lived.

  • Alongside a team of National Geographic experts, embark on a globe-trotting expedition featuring 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites, from Easter Island to the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Visit with National Geographic explorers and grantees in the field and learn about their groundbreaking research in marine biology, anthropology, archaeology, and paleontology.
  • Gain insight into local cultures as you visit a women’s cooperative in Samoa, cook alongside a Cambodian chef, and sip mint tea with a Berber family in Morocco.
  • Stay at world-class accommodations, with options that include two spectacular lodges, in the hills of Bhutan, and on the rim of Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater.

The colonizers “justifying” it

Here are the people they’re co-opting to help rich people exploit and plunder. I expect they’re paying them well.

  • Jack Daulton, Art Historian
  • Wade Davis, Anthropologist, Author
  • Jay Dickman, Photographer
  • Carroll Dunham, Anthropologist
  • Annie Griffiths, Photographer
  • David Harrison, Anthropologist
  • Tim Jepson, Author
  • Michael Melford, Photographer
  • Alexander Murphy, Geographer
  • Jan Nijman, Geographer
  • William Saturno, Educator, Archaeologist
  • Nevada Wier, Photographer

EDIT: Update: National Geographic’s corporate ownership

A reader wrote to tell me that National Geographic has been part owned by Disney and before that Rupert Murdoch. I don’t consider either a paragon of environmental stewardship. On the contrary, in many ways the opposite. Here’s an article with more depth: National Geographic Is Now Owned by a Climate Change Denier.

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