Instead of limiting the numbers of people who have access to the wilderness could we have a goal to maximise the impact – the more people the better it is?
Editor of a new book Wild Heart: The possibility of wilderness in New Zealand, Dr Mick Abbott has strong views about the wilderness. For starters, let’s lose the idea that there is such a place. Rather than defined by geography, for Mick, wilderness is any place where we can have respectful relationships with indigenous ecosystems. Thus the wilderness is a way of understanding – of generativity and richness – rather than a specific place.
From bungy jumping to brushing teeth in Antarctica, this is our widest ranging interview yet.
Shane’s number of the week: 32. That’s 32 Celsius which was the temperature in Chicago in mid March.
Sam’s joined-up-thinking: Are the Millennium Goals aspirational targets, achievable, or low hanging fruit?
Trainspotting: Extra points for answers to these ten burning questions:
- How does the experience of a bungy jump take months?
- Why should we stop treating our land as if we were all motelliers?
- Is design an indulgence?
- What can we learn from Antarctica?
- How did he come to the realisation that the more stuff I carry with me, the less I ask of the place
- Why does he support a tunnel, but not a monorail?
- Where is water explicitly energy?
- How is 100% Pure an opportunity for us?
- Why do we take photos of places and ignore the real story behind the camera?
- How many months are there until the end of the Century?