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Response to William Cronon: “The Trouble with Wilderness”

How does the reading either go along with or differ from your past notions of nature and the role of humans in its destruction? Have you had “wilderness” experiences such as the ones that Cronon mentions in his article? What does “wilderness” mean to you? Do you agree with Cronon’s presentation of the concept of “wilderness”? What are some of the possible consequences of conserving wilderness spaces in the Third World (or in the US)?

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jcolefsem wrote @ January 21st, 2008 at 11:16 pm

Cronon in his article “The Trouble with Wilderness or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature” argues against the cultural notion of nature of wilderness. He states how western culture and modern society has left out nature in their daily agendas. In fact the only significance the word environment means to main stream society deals with the controversial dilemmas shot across news headlines, which usually consist only about gas and the weeks forecast. Agreeing fully with Cronon and others supporting preservation however I find myself in agreement with the theory of natural selection. Appreciation for the beauty of nature should be common amongst all, at the same time finding myself unwilling to set aside possible prolonging events for the human race. Situational debates present an uncaring overlook on environmental issues but in the long run it’s a focused attention to support the evolution as a species. Steadying focus to the growing population numbers and supporting are numbers doesn’t take away from the pursuit to maintain what can be preserved. Being close to the Chesapeake Bay I appreciate the beauty that it presents the state of Maryland and the calming presence it provides to those around it. So with the growing populous around it maintaining the Bay has become difficult but has remained a top priority.

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