Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Wilderness promises a future on World Environment Day

“On World Environment Day it’s easy to get depressed about the appalling fate of all life on earth.  We won’t clean up our act.  Yet despite the abuse, waste and greed we inflict on the more-than-human world, it nurtures us.  And incredibly for Sydney-siders wilderness is still easy to visit. It’s only a two hour train trip away,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation.

“It is hard to imagine the evolution of our ancient flora and fauna; its 45 million years journey where it was sorted and sifted into modern Australia.  We are so lucky, you can pick up its threads and be part of that story, whether you are a Traditional Owner or a new Australian.  Just get involved in your local conservation group or bushwalking club,” Mr Muir said.

“We wisely protected over two million hectares of wilderness in NSW.  Some of its visitors seek out special places, like Blue Mountains’ famous canyons that evolved through floods of lethal force, but which are lined by Gondwanan relict rainforests – how amazing is that!”, said Mr Muir.

“Each wilderness tells its own fascinating story of survival.  A little island ark floating in a sea of extinction and land degradation,” he said.

“The future of wilderness is inextricably bound up with the quality of our lives.  Wilderness conservation is not just pragmatic resource management, preserving a scientific store-house of natural diversity, cultural heritage or retaining an object of beauty, it is also a source of creativity and peace of mind”, Mr Muir said.

“So much nonsense has been written about wilderness, but when you step into it you meet a better philosopher than anyone alive or dead.  We can be proud we built Sydney with the best greenbelt ever – the million hectare Great Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.  It protects five wilderness areas. Perhaps it will forever”, said Mr Muir.

The Colong Foundation invites you to Visit Wild Light, the exhibition of Henry Gold’s colour wilderness images: open daily Tuesday 5 – Sunday 17 June 2018, 10am – 5pm daily, Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach.

Official opening 6pm, Wednesday 6 June.

For more info. contact: Keith Muir, (02) 9261 2400 (wk) or 0412 791 404 (mob)