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Wade Davis:
Gorgeous photos of a backyard wilderness worth saving

TED2012 · 6:35 · Filmed Feb 2012
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Wade Davis: Gorgeous photos of a backyard wilderness worth saving
6:35 · Filmed February 2012 at TED2012 · Subtitles available in 30 languages

Ethnographer Wade Davis explores hidden places in the wider world — but in this powerful short talk he urges us to save a paradise in his backyard, Northern Canada. The Sacred Headwaters, remote and pristine, are under threat because they hide rich tar sands. With stunning photos, Davis asks a tough question: How can we balance society's need for fuels with the urge to protect such glorious wilderness?

Anthropologist, ethnobotanist
A National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Wade Davis has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.” Full bio
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