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Media Source: National Public Radio
Program Name: Science Friday
Show Name: Saving Wild Places
Broadcast Year: 2013
Original Link: http://www.npr.org/2013/09/27/226837805/saving-wild-places-in-the-anthropocene
Environmental historian William Cronon and environmental geographer Paul Robbins discuss how we should re-think and treat wild nature in the age of climate change. For example, Dr. Cronon cites a University of Wisconsin study that found that the most protected areas were also where biodiversity had declined the most. As hunting was banned, the resulted proliferation of deer populations killed off many plant species. For this reason, not only are we not able to completely wall off an area as wilderness because of the pervasive human influence through climate change, we have to actually look into for example, what mechanisms are controlling deer so other species are not in danger. Another issue is how to decide what to protect? Protecting wilderness can mean minimizing human influence or keeping diversity of non-human species. How and what species to save is ultimately about human values with people with different values coming together and working out a shared vision. Lastly, the speakers argue the importance of both conservation and preservation, to sustainably consume ecosystem services through conservation and to honor non-human species in unmanaged manner through preservation.