Wilderness and Conservation


Location: Patagonia, Argentina
Photographer: nomad_traveler2015
WILDERNESS: The word itself evokes emotions deeply rooted in our inherent reverence for life, a notion so eloquently defined by the theory of Biophilia – a term coined by world renowned conservation biologist, E.O. Wilson, whose Biophilia Hypothesis suggests there is an instinctive bond between humans and Earth’s living systems. I believe this bond is embodied in our collective passion for vast open spaces that pulse with life. Yet, viewing these patches of Earth from afar, often through the lens of a visitor or wayfaring wonderer, can muddle the roots of this reality - one all to frequently threatened by development, yet increasingly imbued in society’s unwillingness to accept “progress” at any cost. CONSERVATION stands to protect the wilderness we have left, a movement with many heroes and voices, one of whom proclaimed, “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” Efforts across the globe have taken the wise words of Aldo Leopold to heart, hell bent on keeping man’s signature from our planet’s wildest corners. Patagonia has long been synonymous with wilderness. Yet, mounting pressure to develop this region threatens these vast seas of natural beauty. @ConservacionPatagonia is intent on protecting these lands by creating National Parks, namely a 650,000-acre park, home to one of the last wild places on Earth.
By Charles Post