- Issue: Summer 2014
Once I was lost in the Amazon. My heart pounded as I stood on a ridge so steep and densely packed with vegetation that I could barely see 10 feet in any direction. Panicked scenarios spiraled. I felt as utterly isolated as if I were at the end of the world.
In reality, my guide was probably only out of sight for a few seconds, and the dirt road I’d just left was a mere five-minute walk away. But that’s what the Amazon does to you: Its lush, stuffy, crowded immensity makes it clear how small you are in the scheme of things, as well as how riotously productive this planet can be when allowed to thrive. So I’m proud to share our story about WWF’s long-running signature initiative to save that glorious place—the Amazon Region Protected Areas Program.
Of course, even the Amazon is just one part of a global system. This issue also visits a conservation-based health initiative in Namibia, climate movers and shakers in the US Midwest, and a group of monks and nuns who are environmental stewards in their own communities.
At times our world can be scary, but it is truly a wonder. And worth getting lost in, every time.