Tuesday, 6 October 2009
The Island of St Helena
How many of you would care to live in a sub-tropical paradise 1000 miles from the nearest land mass,where outside supplies only come in once a month by ship?
The island in question is St Helena in the South Atlantic,a British Territory with a population of approximately 5000.
An extinct oceanic volcano with a land mass of around 2000 square kilometres,this island may for the first time be acquiring an airport,so that rich tourists can get away from it all.
Estimates suggest that this endeavour will create employment for 300 islanders,but no doubt the better paid jobs will go to outsiders with the relevant 'skills'.
The British Government seems reasonably keen on the idea,purely and simply on the basis that at the present time this community costs money.
St Helena's only claim to fame is that it was the location of Napoleon's imprisonment until his death in 1821 and now Longwood House, where he lived is a museum owned by the French Government.
Tourism is often seen as the solution to self financing for small island communities around the World,but without exception,the culture and nature of these communities is destroyed.
Today I ask you to think how would you help in creating meaningful employment for the people of St Helena,without the infestation of rich folks money and all that goes with it.
An entire culture is at stake here,so please post your ideas on how economic self determination may be achieved.Thankyou.