Wild about Wilderness

Wild9The longest-running, public international environmental forum will convene from November 6-13, in the city of Merida, Yucatan, to build awareness about pressing environmental issues and celebrate the importance and vitality of wild nature. The event, WILD9, was planned over a two-year period by the Wild Wilderness Congress to connect anyone from wilderness enthusiasts to top-ranked academics and scientists.

One of the many goals of the event is the signing of an international agreement on wilderness between the US, Canada, and Mexico. Emily Loose, WILD’s director of communications, said the agreement would recognize “the importance of wilderness areas and the cooperation between the agencies on management, planning, preservation, and research for the conservation of wilderness.”

WILD9 is open to the anyone, but if you happen to not be in the Yucatan area this week, there are a number of social media options to stay connected. You can watch lectures, including the keynote speech by Dr. Jane Goodall, and sessions live on their USTREAM channel. The Congress will also be tweeting and updating their Flickr photostream throughout the week.

“Government agency employees, private land managers, NGO workers, students, native people, corporate reps, activists and many others will find learning opportunities and celebrations that appeal to them and assist their career,” Loose said.

This year’s meeting is the 9th WILD event but the first in Latin America. Discussions and developments during the meeting will likely drive the location of WILD10.

“WILD9 is in Mexico because of the emerging conservation ethic in Mexico and Latin America – which we saw starting at the 8th World Wilderness Congress in Anchorage, Alaska,” Loose said.

WILD9 is part of a much larger effort to build awareness about the essential social, spiritual, biological and economic benefits of wilderness. Loose emphasized how important it is for citizens to be outspoken advocates for the science behind protecting wilderness.

“Just being equipped with the knowledge that 25% of global green-house gas emissions comes from the destruction of wild-nature can activate someone,” she said.

Visit the WILD9 website for more information.

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  • Dear Members of the World Wilderness Congress,

    Congratulations. Good luck. Three cheers for your efforts to preserve wilderness.

    Just for a moment, please consider that ‘cancerous’ greed and a plethora of material addictions are widespread diseases of many too many leaders and their minions in my not-so-great elder generation, a dangerously disordered minority who harbor the potential for utterly ruining the wilderness, the future of children everywhere and the Earth as a fit place for life as we know it.

    In such circumstances, do knowledgeable people who choose to remain electively mute end up complicitly appointing themselves mortal enemies of both the wilderness and the future of life? Or not? If not, how is this behavior to be reasonably and sensibly characterized?

    Good people, is it not yet self-evident that the self-proclaimed Masters of the Universe among us live in patently unsustainable ways as dangerously disordered greedmongers, plunderers, hyperconsumers and hoarders and that the human beings among us with feet of clay are unexpectedly the very people to guide the human community toward wilderness preservation and sustainability because they retain the capability for doing so?

    Sincerely,

    Steve

    Steven Earl Salmony
    AWAREness Campaign on The Human Population
    established 2001

  • Dear Members of the World Wilderness Congress,

    Congratulations. Good luck. Three cheers for your efforts to preserve wilderness.

    Just for a moment, please consider that ‘cancerous’ greed and a plethora of material addictions are widespread diseases of many too many leaders and their minions in my not-so-great elder generation, a dangerously disordered minority who harbor the potential for utterly ruining the wilderness, the future of children everywhere and the Earth as a fit place for life as we know it.

    In such circumstances, do knowledgeable people who choose to remain electively mute end up complicitly appointing themselves mortal enemies of both the wilderness and the future of life? Or not? If not, how is this behavior to be reasonably and sensibly characterized?

    Good people, is it not yet self-evident that the self-proclaimed Masters of the Universe among us live in patently unsustainable ways as dangerously disordered greedmongers, plunderers, hyperconsumers and hoarders and that the human beings among us with feet of clay are unexpectedly the very people to guide the human community toward wilderness preservation and sustainability because they retain the capability for doing so?

    Sincerely,

    Steve

    Steven Earl Salmony
    AWAREness Campaign on The Human Population
    established 2001

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Steven, I appreciate your input.

  • Thanks Steven, I appreciate your input.

  • We hear the Copenhagen Climate Conference will be a failure. No binding international agreement will be made. The last best hope for humanity to sensibly address climate destabilization has been turned into a steppingstone to nowhere.

    A colossal tragedy is in the making. Father Profit wins again and again. Mother Nature loses.

    Now for some good news: “THE(only)GAME(in town)” is in the bottom half of the ninth inning and, therefore, not yet over for Mother Nature.

  • We hear the Copenhagen Climate Conference will be a failure. No binding international agreement will be made. The last best hope for humanity to sensibly address climate destabilization has been turned into a steppingstone to nowhere.

    A colossal tragedy is in the making. Father Profit wins again and again. Mother Nature loses.

    Now for some good news: “THE(only)GAME(in town)” is in the bottom half of the ninth inning and, therefore, not yet over for Mother Nature.