A Modern Day Of The Wild : A Look At The Globalization And Hypocrisy Of Ecotourism

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A Modern Call to the Wild:
A Look At The Effects and Hypocrisy of Ecotourism
Joshua Wright The human soul is anchored in nature. The human race was born of this earth, shaped by it, and so far (despite our best efforts) tied to it. So, to state the obvious, we must protect it. However, it is with in the nature of man to exploit the resources available to us. This exploitation comes at a cost, to both the natural world and human world. The movement to protect our environment is at an all time high, and for good reason. Our natural world has been colliding with the ever expanding human impact zones at an exponentially growing rate. The urge to preserve the natural world has resulted in a large ecotourism sector within the US. People desire to reconnect with nature, to experience the deeper lying connection with the beauty of the natural world. However, this modern day “call to the wild” within itself has posed threats to the very parks we are fighting to protect. The US National Park Service (NPS) is in charge of 409 nation parks and protected lands throughout the U.S. (NPS, 2016). The closest park being Rocky Mountain National Park. According to The World Bank in 2014, the United States had 13.88% of its total terrestrial land federally protected. Comparatively, in 2014 The World Bank recorded China as having 17.03% protected, Australia having 14.63% protected, Greenland having 41.16% protected, and Venezuela coming in at an astonishing 53.9% protected. However,…

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