This article regarding rate increases in National Parks honestly hurts my heart.
The National Parks are for the public. Entry fees should not be obscene. There are many things going on here though….
1. We live in a country where people spend more than they should on things they don’t need. “We’re all going to DISNEYLAND! Or we’ve got to get new iPhone! But we can’t afford to pay for XYZ.” Of course the government will justify that people will be willing to pay a higher entry fee. HOWEVER, how likely are most of those people to actually visit a National Park?
2. “Targeted fee increases at some of our most-visited parks will help ensure that they are protected and preserved in perpetuity and that visitors enjoy a world-class experience that mirrors the amazing destinations they are visiting,” Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said in a statement.
The above just pisses me off. Of course he’s going to say that. And when the parks start failing, our anti-planet loving government will just take them over and slowly chip away at the lands so oil, mining, and whatever else god awful crap they’re in cahoots with can dig in.
I’m not saying that there shouldn’t be a fee increase. I understand how the worth of a dollar goes up and with that so do prices on everything. However, to put a high price on entry into nature is a crime.
Also while I am grateful that there are sections of land set aside so humans cannot touch them, if humans were good neighbors to other species on this planet, we wouldn’t have to set that land aside. We would encroach on everyone’s space just because we can.
The predicament here is human-based all around. Broken down further, the government is failing its people and people are failing their planet.