Saving Wild Places
The median rent for an apartment in San Francisco is $3,285. It costs the city less than that to rent the Yosemite valley that broke John Muir's heart.
In the face of climate change, the Sierra Club’s mission has expanded far beyond preserving wild places. Sierra pulled aside Dan Chu, head of the Club’s Our Wild America campaign, to ask him about wilderness protection in an overheating world.
Wilderness is where we come from, and we are adapted through evolution to the rigors and beauties of such landscape. It's time for those of us who know wilderness, and who understand the idea of it, to wrest that idea back from its hijackers.
Half a century ago, the United States resolved to protect vast tracts of undeveloped land “where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.”
In Ireland's Nephin Beg Mountains, the state-owned forestry company Coillte is rewilding roughly 11,000 acres of pine and spruce plantation.
It's crucial to expose all American--including low-income urbanites and people of color--to the country's wildest places.
Waterparks have no doubt contributed mightily to humankind's happiness. Just don't try contemplating eternity while straddling a Styrofoam noodle at a swim-up bar.