You don’t need to be a vegan, yoga-practising environmentalist to appreciate the incredible life, nature and landscapes we’re blessed to have all around us on our planet. There is of course, a natural cycle. One of natural selection, evolution, climate change etc, but the world has transformed more in the last 100 years due to us, humans, than ever before. Below are 11 places to visit that are, right now, directly being threatened, reduced, and harmed by humans.
#1 Virunga Park
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga Park is under threat from mining concerns and from gorilla poaching. Leonardo DiCaprio made an award-winning documentary film about its plight a couple of years back. At 7,800 square kilometres Virunga was Africa’s very first national park, and now it is one of the most threatened. (Image (and tours) © SecretCompass / Dominic Lynn)
Russia’s remote and pristine wilderness area of the Kamchatka Peninsula, where ‘miles’ literally out-number people, is threatened by the possibility of ski resorts, lifts and tourism operators coming into turn scenery into dollars. Development plans have come following the success of the Sochi winter olympics and the increased interest in Russia and winter snowsports. (Image (and tours) © SecretCompass)
#3 Tropical Andes
From Venezuela to Argentina the Tropical Andes is a landscape changing on an almost daily basis. Whilst a hotspot for some of the world’s most intriguing wildlife, it’s also a magnet for dollar-hungry humans, exploiting natural resources such as oil, timber, minerals, as well as deforesting mass areas for narcotic plantations. It’s estimated that only 25% of the areas natural vegetation remains. (Image by Dallas Krentzel/) Read more