The Extinction of Wilderness.

by ChaiEl on March 13, 2018 - 11:16pm

“Wilderness land set to disappear from planet by 2100 as humans move in” is an article written by Ian Johnston. The subject matter of this news article is to denounce how there is a significant decline in the world’s wild land. Johnston addresses the several causes of wilderness by pointing out the over use of illegal logging, farming, oil, gas exploration and the potentially destructive effects of fires to clear woodland for agriculture. This article suggests that the damages to our forests are not only endangering species but also affecting and causing problems for humans, nature, and creatures already in extinction. That is to say, that the consequences of our actions and how it impacts our ecosystem are not erasable, deforestation and destruction of the environment is not something that can be restored nor irreversible. Further research done on this subject confirmed that there is only 30.1 million square kilometres of nature left on Earth’s land where the article even declares that the Earth is at the Anthropocene level of extinction which is comparable to the meteor that renewed everything 66 million years ago. The article declares, that a change has to be done in order to prevent further damages, it has to be now as we are the principal cause of all the damages we inflict to our planet. Johnston explains how the areas that covered most wilderness on earth such as the Amazon, West Africa, Russia and Indonesia lost most of their nature and flora. To conclude, the article stresses the fact that actions by world government should be taken as promptly.

Opinion: I found this article super interesting as we often forget that we are the main cause of what is going on our planet. We are humans, we like the world to revolve around us, we focus on our well-being and self-interest but we should not forget that we are dependant of what nature offers us. This article really made me realize how much waste we are doing, to have such significant shift in number is quite shocking, on all the land there is on our planet, there’s only 23% of wilderness left. I agree with the author, that measures should be taken as fast as possible.

Link to the article: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/wilderness-wild-land-disappear-...

Comments

I think that the wildlife extinction is a very interesting issue that we need to worry about. Animals are very affected by human behaviours, and we need to protect them as much as we can. You wrote a good summary, and for your next summary, you should maybe divide you text into paragraphs. I think you came up with a good point by saying that humans are selfish and and focus on their well-being only. Waste is also a big part on our modern society, and we need to be aware of our consumption and its impact on the environment.
After reading your text, I looked on the Internet to find an article that was linked to your subject. I wanted to find a little bit more statistics about this issue. I found a very interesting web page that said that : “ «Extinction is now proceeding thousands of times faster than the production of new species,» biologist E.O. Wilson writes. Between 30 and 50 percent of all known species are expected to go extinct by 2050, if current trends hold.” (Ketcham, 2015) More statistics and facts can be found in the article.
Link to the article:
Ketcham, C. (November 14, 2015). Mass Species Extinction and Wilding the Wilderness. Retrieved from: http://www.wilderutopia.com/environment/wildlife/mass-species-extinction...

I think the article is a very relevant article as it exposed what we are doing to our planet, more especially to the wildlife. Each and every single animals have a serious role in our ecosystem and we take them for granted too often. You summary is good and it is actually full of interesting informations! I liked that you exposed how selfish humans are towards the situation and I like that you are really concern about the issue. Thinking that there is only 23% of wilderness left is crazy and I agree that governments should take more actions to preserve the wild life.

After reading the text and the article I got kind of sad because the wildlife is beautiful andI remember that Learned in biology and the environment managed is own self and how it can be bad to disturb that and I think it should be something that people realize to preserve a beautiful planet.

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