On "The trade-off between Development and Environmental Protection"

It is generally understood that both natural and man-made destruction are causing ecological imbalance resulting in the emergence of new challenges.

As human beings advance with time, their thirst for speedy economic growth does not necessarily confine to the principles of mother earth. It is happening everywhere, including the most advanced countries. It is happening in rural islands as well as in cities like Male.

#FuraMale extensions and expansions in hope for greater population concentration, which is in the best interest of few capitalists and landlords are continuing without a question on their feasibility, sustainability, social problems, economic inequality and environmental concerns.

Neither the ruling parties nor the oppositions at anytime have raised their voice to protect Male Environment as they are the prime beneficiaries of the materialistic changes taking place in and around Male.

In case of Addu City Meedhoo, it is observed that this is a clear trade-off between economic development and environmental protection and has nothing to do with politics.

Moreover, the significance of the negative impact is no where close to a comparison with that of the potential benefits and conveniences for the people living there. Meanwhile, there are possibilities of greater enrichment of the natural habitat in question.

Environmental protection is a must but it does not mean that Addu City alone has to do it. The same concern should be there for the already-tired FuraMale too. It's a national responsibility but should not be used as an excuse to refrain the islanders from immense benefits associated with the project.

Let everyone grow and flourish. Let everyone be responsible for environmental protection.
Ahmed Xahir
Ahmed Xahir

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