In a box of microwave noodles, I found alongside my freeze-dried peanuts and vacuum-sealed ginger sauce, a card urging me to “help Thailand’s endangered turtles,”which directed me to www.thaiturtles.org. All the profits from the sale of their t-shirts goes towards saving endangered species of turtles and terrapins. Unfortunately for the turtles, I don’t want a t-shirt. If they had a PayPal donation link, that allowed me to choose the amount I’m willing to donate, I’d probably throw them a few bucks, but the minimum on their site is $20. Apparently, any donation less than $20 isn’t worth their time.I think more charities should allow visitors to their websites to choose any dollar amount for a donation.
In any event, if you’re wondering “Who will protect the environment?” if not Government, A Taste of Thai is just one of many solutions. If you’re concerned about the environment, be it the Thai Turtles or a local park, you need to understand that government is the largest impediment to the preservation of nature.
There are many ways to affect change. Government isn’t one of them.