The myth of a wilderness without humans
"One way to guarantee a conversation without a conclusion is to ask a group of people what nature is." For over a century, conflicting views of wild nature created a rift between indigenous people and misguided conservationists. In this superb excerpt from Mark Dowie's book "Conservation Refugees: The Hundred-Year Conflict Between Global Conservation and Native Peoples" published in The MIT Press Reader, we take a closer look into the complex debate behind defining what 'wilderness' is. This story was originally published in The MIT Press Reader in October 2019.
From MIT Press Reader