Nature Needs Half

GR:  Earth’s ecosystems can survive the human onslaught if we reserve half the lands and seas as natural areas where we prohibit humans.

Here’s how you can join the action: be part of the WILD Half!

“Reaching the goal of at least half is ambitious but achievable. The short term milestone for the progress of this vision is to move urgently to protect at least half of the planet’s remaining large, mostly intact wilderness areas (for example Boreal Forests, the Amazon Basin, and formally protecting Antarctica), while achieving incremental gains by quickly protecting surviving remnants in fragmented areas of very high biological importance – for example in the Biodiversity Hotspots, Key Biodiversity Areas and Alliance for Zero Extinction sites. This rapid action is essential to respond to the global warming and extinction crises. The goal of achieving the target in every region will be more aspirational, requiring long term strategies with restoration efforts, and with many national/regional milestones along the way.

Boulder, Colorado. Photo: Melanie Hill.

“The goal has already been largely achieved in many parts of the world. Boulder County, Colorado, USA, home of the WILD Foundation, is 67% protected. The Canadian Boreal Framework (signed onto by many varied interests) calls for the protection of at least half of Canada’s Boreal Forest in an interconnected manner, and both Quebec and Ontario have made public commitments towards at least half of their vast northern regions. Over half of British Columbia’s Queen Charlotte Islands (Canada) have been protected through the combined action of governments and the Haida people. Countries such as Bhutan and Venezuela have set ambitious conservation targets; 51% of Bhutan is currently protected and 46% of Venezuela is currently protected. The Dominican Republic, a very small nation with a dense and growing population and one of the lowest per capita incomes in the western hemisphere has 67 protected areas covering 32% of the county’s land.

“Case studies in different ecoregions and under diverse management point the way to Nature Needs Half.” –Nature Needs Half (Go to the website to learn more:  How do we achieve the goal? | Nature Needs Half)

7 thoughts on “Nature Needs Half

  1. E. O. Wilson in his book Half Earth, sums up his hopeful optimism in leaving intact a semblance of planet wide biodiversity. If I am correct, an indigenous and traditional lifestyle population is not to be excluded from their homelands so it is seems very important distinction to say humans are not excluded from their cultural lands.

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  2. Wilson accepted that condition. Without strict population controls, however, I expect that human populations allowed to remain in homelands would expand. There is nothing in our history to suggest otherwise. As for indigenous and traditional lifestyles, my experience as a member of a U. S. “domestic dependent nation” is that in any limited area, even a continental sized area, there would never be enough material security to satisfy everyone. Plus, children keep being born, and eventually, resource limits are reached.

    I sympathize with the need to make a beginning, even under false pretenses; I just don’t foresee success without a plan to depopulate the wild lands.


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