This website is currently under construction.  I’m adding pages and content regularly.

 

The Greenstone is a wilderness conservation resource website currently being constructed.  I am in the process of identifying, documenting, and writing summaries of the hundreds of wilderness conservation organizations from around the world.

My objective in doing this is to help the global wilderness conservation effort by providing a single point of reference for wilderness conservationists to identify, learn about, and coordinate with other wilderness conservation groups.

The organizations featured in the Greenstone will be organized geographically, including global, national, and (for select nations) sate or provincial focus.

I will also be creating original blog posts about wilderness.

Why is it called The Greenstone?

Te Wahi Pounamu means “The Place of Greenstone.” It is one of the Maori names for the South Island of New Zealand.  The greenstone, also known as jade, has always been highly coveted in the south of New Zealand, first by the Maori and then by Europeans.

But, the allure of the New Zealand greenstone is not about the stone itself.  It is about the quest to find something beautiful in a place of great beauty.  The greenstone adorns the riverbeds of paradise.  In this way the greenstone represents a symbol of the wilderness.

The preservation of wilderness is essential to the health of our planet and its inhabitants.  For modern humans the health benefits that wilderness provides is psychological as well as physical.  Even if we never set foot in wilderness, we need to know that it’s there.  We need to know that there are large places where the rocks in the canyon have been warmed by a hundred million sunrises and will be lit by a hundred million more whether we are there to witness them or not.  We need to know that there are places where fields of wildflowers will bloom in early summer every year without our assistance.  We need to know that great herds of beasts are kicking up the dust in the savanna somewhere in the world today.

We need to know that there’s still a greenstone in the river.