Miranda Week 2: Desert Solitaire

Desert Solitaire Response:

According to Abbey: “A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.” Abbey’s style of writing can be very slow and relaxing, but he also is very blunt. Abbey has strong opinions on tourism and how it is beginning of the end for the wilderness and desert beauty.

Abbey believes that the natural beauty of the desert can only be experienced through living there over an extended period of time and by closely observing it. I like how Abbey really focuses on the need for close human interaction with the wilderness. Going out into the desert should be about seeing natural beauty up close, instead of driving through it and glancing out of it through a car window.

Abbey sees the wilderness as being a “human necessity” , which needs to be preserved for all instead of being destroyed. While his idea of preserving nature may be unreasonable (eg. No more cars or new roads in national parks), Abbey really forces you to examine how much we are truly disrupting nature in our National Parks.

Overall, Abbey just wants the reader to understand how the cities we’ve built are slowly driving us insane.

Environmental News:

According to initial estimates, a spring frost (which some winemakers battled by setting fires in oil drums, which were then positioned between rows of budding grapevines) and an extreme heat wave, nicknamed ‘Lucifer’, are set to leave France and Italy with their smallest harvest for decades. In some regions yields will be down by 40%. However, there is optimism about quality. “Winemakers will be watching the skies over the next few weeks as they monitor the ripeness of their grapes.”


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