Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Introduction– Ian Brown

Introduction: Wilderness in Australia 

Amongst the western industrialised nations, Australia is lucky to have an unusually 
large area of surviving wilderness representing Australia’s exceptionally rich 
landscapes and biodiversity. But we also carry a frightening record of damage to our 
environment and wildlife. These facts raise a special responsibility to protect what 
remains, for all humanity and for the magnificent life with which we share the land 
and waters. 
Australia’s remaining wilderness areas are shrinking, biological ‘islands’ in an 
expanding sea of exploited and wounded land. The number of species that can survive 
in these remnants decreases as the ‘islands’ become more fragmented. Legal 
protection and careful management of our remaining wilderness can help to arrest this 
decline, and make a powerful contribution to rescuing the Earth.
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