In 1964 then President Lyndon Johnson signed into the law The Wilderness Act, the intention was preservation, and as Johnson stated to give future generations a “glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning.”
A noble sentiment, but nothing much remains as it was in the beginning – inevitable I suppose considering a globally expanding population and the demands that places on the environment, couple that with corporate greed and the death knell has been sounded for what was in the beginning.
A sad and telling comment is one made by renowned photographer Ansel Adams decades ago – “In truth, Wilderness is a state of mind and heart. “Very little exists now in actuality.”
And yet we find ourselves floundering in a wilderness of political and corporate machinations, of wars often predicated on resources – a wilderness populated by a new breed of predatory denizens and prey.
In this reality regardless of who you may think you are in one way or another you fall into the predator or prey category. Not a pleasant thought is it?
The words pristine or virgin when associated with any location is enough to send corporations scrambling to exploit and “develop” having already calculated the cost effectiveness of fines and lawsuits, how much will need to be spent lobbying, against the profit margin.
Since they control supply and demand through manipulative practices and price fixing it is a given profit will always exist.
Johnson’s Wilderness Act has been so routinely violated and amended it doesn’t amount to much more than a talking point – this while vacationers visit Yellowstone, Glacier, or Yosemite to catch a “glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning”.
Nothing remains static, but the onus is to clearly delineate what is progress and what is not.
A responsibility that lays in the hands of the public.