Preserving wilderness areas is not only imperative for future generations but also for the landscapes themselves. Recent efforts to preserve wilderness areas include setting aside some wilderness areas specifically so that the indigenous can continue to live on their ancestral lands and protect lands against industrial development. However that is simply not enough. Nations should pass laws to protect the wilderness because certain species of plants and animals need to be preserved, the wilderness can provide a way for humans to reconnect with nature, and ancestral lands and cultures of the indigenous people will be protected.
There is an urgency to preserve certain species of plants and animals that would otherwise become extinct due to human development. By tearing the wilderness down, human needs and the health of the Earth can be affected. For example, in the Amazon rainforest, ecologists have discovered important medicinal plants such as Cat’s Claw for human use, as well as beautiful and unique animal species found nowhere else on Earth such as the Gold Lion Tamarin. The habitats required for these special plant and animal species are impossible to be replicated in laboratories and zoos.
By preserving the remaining wilderness areas, humans can reconnect with nature and escape the chaotic world. Although the human species originated as part of nature, few humans live in a way that is connected to the natural world. In other words, humans are less appreciative of nature. According to the Pachamama Alliance, “We long to return to our natural state.” Natural places in the wilderness provide us with enjoyment and beautiful landscapes. Many people believe that wilderness is vital for the human spirit and creativity. For example, John Knuth uses house flies to create his paintings. Imagine creating artwork with house flies!
Furthermore, preserving wilderness areas can protect ancestral lands and the cultures of indigenous people in the United States. According to National Geographic, Indigenous people know how to best take care of the lands of the Earth. Therefore, their wisdom and knowledge must be preserved. It is essential that wilderness areas are preserved so that ancestral lands are protected.
It is crucial to pass laws to preserve wilderness areas. Although efforts have been made, passing laws to preserve the wilderness will be more effective and efficient. If the wilderness is not preserved, certain species of plants and animals will become extinct. Preserving the wilderness can also provide a way for humans to reconnect with nature for nature can allow humans to feel at peace, reconnect with nature, and escape from the busyness of the modern world. Indigenous people are living in some areas of the wilderness. Their wisdom of medicinal plants and their culture must be preserved, and these habitats cannot be replicated in zoos or laboratories. Through passing laws and making improved efforts species of plants and animals can be preserved, humans can reconnect with nature, and ancestral lands and cultures of indigenous people will be protected.
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