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How we’re saving one of Earth’s last wild places | Steve Boyes

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Navigating territorial hippos and active minefields, TED Fellow Steve Boyes and a team of scientists have been traveling through the Okavango Delta, Africa's largest remaining wetland wilderness, to explore and protect this near-pristine habitat against the rising threat of development. In this awe-inspiring talk packed with images, he shares his work doing detailed scientific surveys in the hopes of protecting this enormous, fragile wilderness.

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35 Comments on How we’re saving one of Earth’s last wild places | Steve Boyes

  1. DeOnn Norton // 25th July 2018 at 1:20 am // Reply

    I believe there needs to be more harsher environmental laws

    • Tinman Bigfoot Tracker // 25th July 2018 at 1:53 am // Reply

      Believe isn’t helpful in the facts of what’s needed. I have facts that would help this man in enormous bound’s. cheers Ian aka Tinman Bigfoot Tracker Channel Canada British Columbia BC.

    • Joannot Fampionona // 25th July 2018 at 4:00 pm // Reply

      take a look at the first 10 minutes of cowspiracy on youtube, it may be helpful.

    • Sandcastle • // 25th July 2018 at 5:04 pm // Reply

      I have a sneaky plan.
      We all know nuclear energy is super clean, and super powerful.
      But it produces radioactive waste.
      All we have to do is put this radioactive waste in some wild places. This means people can’t go there and nature thrives, just like at Chernobyl.

    • Joannot Fampionona // 25th July 2018 at 6:43 pm // Reply

      Maybe there is an idea here, Human beings are more toxic than a radioactive explosion.
      But we won’t go near a radioactive explosion.

  2. Awesome ❤️

  3. Bore ragnorok? More like bore ragnorok

  4. So happy about this!

  5. Jessica Vigna // 25th July 2018 at 1:35 am // Reply

    Conserve our wildlife!!! you’re my hero!

  6. Tinman Bigfoot Tracker // 25th July 2018 at 1:42 am // Reply

    Sir you really have No idea of what’s out there…
    Tinman Bigfoot Tracker Channel Canada British Columbia BC.

  7. Tinman Bigfoot Tracker // 25th July 2018 at 1:51 am // Reply

    I could teach this man a language that he is missing with-in all the World Forest’s and more,, I’m reaching out for contact information on YouTube or like.
    thanks for reading…
    ian aka Tinman Bigfoot Tracker Channel Canada British Columbia BC.

  8. This made me depressed..

  9. Damn this place is truly beautiful, If Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia can pull this off, they should be pretty damn proud of themselves. Wildlife needs and deserves these last refuges, lest they succumb to our expansion. I hope in my lifetime to see many more places like this pop up around the world, not just in Africa, but in Europe, Asia, Australia and both North and South America. Guys like Steve Boyes are truly heroes

  10. Humans are so far separated from the natural world that there seems to be an unspoken belief we can survive without it.

    • Cybersquirrell // 25th July 2018 at 6:06 am // Reply

      When you look at the advances NASA and other space programs have made in creating tech for colonies on other planets, it doesn’t seem like an impossible thing to believe. Am I saying that we shouldn’t protect our ecosystems because eventually we won’t need all of what they provide? Of course not, there are so many reasons to protect the environment no matter what you believe in. I’m simply pointing out that just because we are becoming increasingly separated from the “natural world” as people perceive it to be, doesn’t mean that we will continue to be dependent on Earth forever.

    • Cybersquirrell well said. But I am talking about the present. For example mental health is a major issue today would you agree? It has been proven that natural environments improve human mental health far better then any built environment can offer. For our population to advance as you suggest requires enviroments that do not deprive us of happiness, but offers the development of strong resilient minds. That is way many good town planners incorperate a nature aspect in urban sprawls. I suggest a look at Abraham Maslow Hierarchy of Needs.

    • Chuffin 'ell // 25th July 2018 at 6:48 am // Reply

      Cybersquirrell you sound like you’re from another planet. Be a good steward and start paying better attention to what’s going on around you. NASA is nothing but a PR firm contracting for the US govt and you would be wise to take whatever bs they say with a block of salt.

    • You missed all the points, in the video and from the comments: without preserving non-human habitats, ALL the Biosphere is at risk. I’m guessing you don’t study Biology or don’t understand the importance of anything not in front of you.

    • Medical Cannabis Spain // 25th July 2018 at 1:00 pm // Reply

      dont blanket every human as the same, thats bs

  11. Undeveloped means not destroyed.

  12. Michael Carter // 25th July 2018 at 2:50 am // Reply

    This guy thinks he’s a regular Indiana Jones. Good vid though

  13. Evan Fields // 25th July 2018 at 2:51 am // Reply

    Great TED talk. Its a shame that the current American secretary of the interior is selling out federal land and endangered species to the highest bidder.

  14. Bryan Pereira // 25th July 2018 at 2:55 am // Reply

    Elaborate and very well expressed in 9 min of my time, this is what I need to hear and less of “essskkit” 😉

  15. New Locations for future Hollywood Multimillon dollar Movies.
    5:28 So this fella named Steve Boyes and a team of scientists have been traveling through the Okavango Delta, Africa’s largest remaining wetland wilderness, to explore and *Map* the virgin wetlands, calculating maps and safe routes….so the next wave of humans can go through , and the next wave of humans can follow through….well done, in opening the flood gates to Natures solitude and welcoming the interests of New generations of humans. Bravo. good by , to the last remaining Wetlands.

  16. stephen madl // 25th July 2018 at 6:26 am // Reply

    So much passion in him.

    I’m watching this shortly after learning that President Trump’s(first time I have put that in print and it hurts me deep inside to admit that he is our president) administration is trying to open national parks and protected wildlife sanctuaries to oil and logging companies as well as deciding whether to save endangered species on an individual basis rather than preserving the sanctity of the biosphere wholesale. I’ve never been so ashamed of my country as I am for having elected that imbecile.

    • Medical Cannabis Spain // 25th July 2018 at 1:02 pm // Reply

      theres many times to have been just as ashamed tho, you dropped nuclear bombs ffs

    • Sergent Mush // 25th July 2018 at 4:36 pm // Reply

      It’s fine to be ashamed, but what we need is action, engagment. Fight agains him, organise marches, use your so loved freedom of speech to make yourself heard ! 😀

  17. DURMUŞ BAYSAL // 25th July 2018 at 9:35 am // Reply

    Corruption has appeared throughout the land and sea by [reason of] what the hands of people have earned so He may let them taste part of [the consequence of] what they have done that perhaps they will return [to righteousness]. The Noble Qur’an. Surah Ar Rum. Verse:41)
    “And if whatever trees upon the earth were pens and the sea [was ink], replenished thereafter by seven [more] seas, the words of Allah would not be exhausted. Indeed, Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.” (The Noble Quran. Surah Luqman Verse 27)

    My name is Eight Billion,
    I contain an angel and a devil struggling inside,
    The face I dress varies to survive,
    Always hungry for power, never enough to content,
    I look for “inner peace” whilst consumed by grudge,
    For sons, for daughters, for the self, please be advised, there long existed the new code, aside,
    Let’s consider having an appointment with the best stylist for a change,
    Experience, how exceptionally would you look better reflecting the best,
    Thus, if you manage to change yourself, repenting for good,
    The place called Earth might turn into Heaven, I assure,
    It is me, it is you, it is us will power to CHANGE.

    Listen to the voice of the Noble Quran.
    Maybe your life will be changed If God allows.
    French :

  18. Odolwa Aztec // 25th July 2018 at 1:14 pm // Reply

    When the environment collapses, and it will, nature will inevitably bounce back as it has many times before. It just won’t be with us.

  19. He is a sexy Nigel Thornberry!

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