In places like this there is a better than even chance that a person can be free of the madness, lunancy and stupidity that seems so prevalent in the world’s socieites. I’m not just talking about extreme events where lunatics gun people down because of their insane superstitions. I’m also talking about the mundane, day to day. Just listen to the idiotic utterances from the Republican Party candidates in the USA. Their, often repulsive, views are representative of millions in a so called civilised society.
The conservation of wild places is not an indulgent luxury. There are still nowhere near enough people who understand their true value and we can’t take the chance of trusting their future to the self serving, blind market.
Conservation is the opposite of elitism, and we’ll only have been successful in our efforts to conserve nature when there is no longer a need to do it. “The idea of conserving nature needs no defence, only more defenders” – Edward Abbey