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Result of Protected Areas

Science Magazine July 48, 2008: Page 123, An article titled –Accelerated Human Population Growth at Protected area edges–States. “—These protected areas long been criticized as creations of and for the elite few, where associated costs but few benefits are borne—highlight a looming threat to PA (protected Areas) effectiveness and biodiversity”. This article shows an example of the shortsighted and narrow-minded view of many religious environmentalists. These areas in poor rural areas like Africa and South America draw the poor population to their boundaries where better jobs are available. The influx of both the work force and the elite few dramatically increase the impact on the pristine areas. Duh! Is this do to their tiny minds or the lack of broad education?

It does highlight the absurdity of saving these places. Pristine areas are no longer pristine when humans flock to view them before they disappear. Yellowstone and Yosemite National parks are good examples. They are certainly beautiful and endangered spaces, but what is the value of beauty if it cannot be appreciated? A problem that seemingly is unanswerable. Maybe that is because we do not understand the problem.

The problem is human population. If we reduce the human population by 3.5 billion these parks would flourish, nature would flourish, poverty and hunger would diminish and human existence would be considerable more pleasant.

By C Blume

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