If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them something more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the United States Wilderness Act on September 3, 1964
In 2016 we are conducting an expedition, not quite into the wilderness, but between it. ‘We’ are a pair of environmental researchers - Dr Koen Arts, and Dr Gina Maffey - studying the use of digital technology in conservation. Our excursion began in Brazil and will take us to national parks in the depths of South America, the corridors of Central America, and the far reaches of North America.
Our aim is to look at the role of technology in the conservation and preservation of natural spaces and species in today’s world. Does the advent of the digital world positively or negatively influence the natural one? Is there even a distinction between what it is to be online or offline anymore?
We hope that this website will act as a forum for the expedition. While we broadcast the trek’s developments and insights, we will be asking for you to join the conversation too. We want you to share your own stories, thoughts and ideas about nature in the digital age, protected spaces and conservation.
We look forward to you joining us, but for now, stay tuned…