RR Tourism by Khong Wye Yee
I agree with the writer that tourism brings harm to the environment as it has an adverse impact on biodiversity. The writer states that in Philippines, mangrove areas and corals that serve as fish sanctuaries are damaged or even completely removed. Tourism endangers the homes of living organisms. Large areas of land like rainforests are cleared to make space for development of tourism. Animals will not be able to find another suitable environment to live in, and their population will start to decrease. A case study revealed that Singapore has lost 90% of its forest, 67% of its birds, about 40% of its mammals and 5% of its amphibians and reptiles. All of these are due to urban development and land reclamation. 70% of Sentosa island is covered by secondary island and is homed to many species of flora and fauna. When the construction of Resorts World Sentosa commenced, over 200 trees had to be replanted elsewhere. Nature had been replaced by tourist attractions, and greatly shows the damage that tourism has done to the biodiversity. Therefore, I agree with the the writer that tourism brings harm to the environment as it endangers biodiversity.