by Beth Buczynski March 31, 2014 4:00 pm
What makes the wilderness, you know wild? Is it the ratio of resident wildlife to humans? Proliferation of flora? A lack of indoor plumbing? According to top international scientists, one of the biggest differences between wilderness and civilization is the existence of roads. And if we really want to protect our wild places, and the important ecosystems they contain, we’ll stop making it so easy for humans to travel there.
In late March 2014, a group of prominent European scientists chose to celebrate the 2nd International Day of Forests by urging the world to keep wild areas free of roads. “Scientific reports and satellite imagery have demonstrated road building is a major driver of deforestation from the Amazon to Indonesian and Congo Basin forests,” stated MEP Kriton Arsenis, founder of the RoadFree initiative…
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