Sunday, 3 May 2015

A Bridge Too Far?


'Green' groups have suggested (http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/may/02/green-groups-condemn-glencore-involvement-in-garden-bridge) that the involvement of mining groups in the £175m Thames Garden Bridge project is an example of 'greenwash' (allowing an environmentally problematic organisation to get a make-over by donating cash and materials). I appreciate that the initial intention of the project was to create a memorial for Princess Diana (having said that, there are already some in place) but I do find something a bit odd about a bridge that serves only a minimal transport function (in one sense, it's not much of a 'crossing') and can be closed to the public, to facilitate corporate events. I suspect, however, that there is no way this type of project can be funded without the involvement of mega-bucks from corporations. Perhaps the money could be better spent on restoring damaged buildings in Kathmandu?

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