Beware of Conservative Governments
PADDD events can happen under any government, but appear more likely under conservative ones.
They also appear to be increasing. In our age of ever-expanding human populations and the ceaseless drive for resources, this is hardly surprising.
But in the face of climate change, mass extinction, and habitat degradation, protected areas are more essential than at any time before. They are one of our most vital tools to stop ecological meltdown.
The best way to fight PADDD is through public activism. Protests, marches, and international criticism have saved protected areas from New Zealand to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
We all want to believe our protected areas are actually being protected. But they are being attacked, dissected, and eroded every day.
The lesson for us is simple: Conservation won’t succeed without protected areas, and protected areas won’t survive without our constant vigilance.