Everywhere we go we are confronted with jungles of concrete. From the tallest skyscrapers to the biggest man-made marvels, we find ourselves surrounded by these concrete jungles all around. It has gone to such an extent that it has become extremely difficult to come across nature’s unadulterated wilderness in its purest form. A natural environment on our blue planet which has not been significantly modified by human intervention is known as Wilderness or Wildland. Although it must be recognised that there is no globally agreed upon definition on wilderness, it can be argued that the most intact, undisturbed natural areas on our planet – areas where the places can be truly wild with no human control, developed roads, pipelines or infrastructure – qualify as Wilderness.
The last of our world’s wilderness are rapidly vanishing at a shocking rate under the pressures of human impact on our environment. Around 70% of the world’s remaining wilderness (excluding Antarctica and the open seas) is held by just 5 countries – Australia, the US, Brazil, Russia and Canada. Protection of these untouched areas will be critical in the mitigation of effects of Climate Change on Earth as a whole. Some wildernesses are also known to act as a buffer in case of extreme weather events like extreme rainfall and Tsunamis.
Secluded from the troubles of modern civilisations and thousands of miles away from our concrete jungles, lies the last great wilderness on Earth – an entire continent covered in white snowy wilderness – Antarctica. Sadly, the effects of Global Warming are only to real and have already begun to change the beautiful landscape that had remained sequestered from human interference for thousands of years. Glaciers are receding in mountains and the calving of ice shelves are accelerating and the human impact on nature seems self-evident to those witness these phenomena. It is all to easy to just talk about Global Warming, but when it comes to witnessing these effects of environmental changes first hand, it makes you reassess the way you have been living your life so far, how much energy you have wasted, how much water you could have saved, how much fuel is burned when you take your car out every day! Travelling to Antarctica will really make you think about how you can do your bid in reversing some the effects of climate change that threaten our very existence on our beautiful earth. We must not forget that this planet is all we have and we must do everything in our power to make it a better place for the generations to come.