PRESERVING LAST WILDERNESS IN THE AnTHrOPOCENE
Left as living museums of unhampered evolution, wilderness areas can be touchstones to ways of knowing and relating to the world that shaped us as a species. It is scientifically highly relevant to prevent this wild and pristine areas from extinction to preserve this diverse gen pools for further research and next generations.
The Anthropocene, the age of human activities creates big difficulties in the goal of preserving the last existing wilderness areas. The immense human impacts on the world like synthetic environments, designed ecosystems and planned extinction are now integral to the world formerly known as natural.
To ensure the survival of these areas, human influences need to be alienated and reduced to a minimum.
One important consideration is whether last wild areas can be left alone or some sort of active human curation is always needed to sustain them.
Wilderness is once both a landscape condition and a human-nature relationship. Both are legacies we should preserve for future generations.