Saturday, July 25, 2009

Legends could help save lakes

[Interesting article about a proposal to use the fear of bogeys to protect water ecosystems in Indonesia.]

Jakarta Post [Indonesia]
26 July 2009

Myths, urban legends could help save lakes

Evil lurks in the waters and may it continue to spook people from drawing too close or exploiting it.

This was the sort of message that Adhisa tried to convey through his doctoral thesis about the benefits of using myths to preserve and manage water ecosystems.

"It works," he told The Jakarta Post Thursday, after defending his thesis completed at the environmental science study program at University of Indonesia, "These old myths surrounding water ecosystems actually play a large part in preserving those ecosystems. [...]