No mag­a­zines on a dead planet

Patagon Journal - - EDITOR'S LETTER -

In this edi­tion of Patagon Jour­nal, the orig­i­nal plan was to make en­dan­gered wildlife the main fo­cus, but the sad news in De­cem­ber that a kayak ac­ci­dent took the life of con­ser­va­tion­ist Dou­glas Tomp­kins prompted a nec­es­sary change. He has saved more of Patag­o­nia's wild places than any­one; per­haps the great­est wild­lands phi­lan­thropist the world has ever seen. For sure, Tomp­kins will go along­side the likes of Ar­gen­tine ex­plorer Fran­cisco “Per­ito” Moreno and Father Al­berto de Agos­tini as one of the most im­por­tant fig­ures in Patag­o­nia's his­tory.

Nev­er­the­less, it's some­what ap­pro­pri­ate that our spe­cial trib­ute to Tomp­kins co­in­cides with our spe­cial sec­tion on en­dan­gered species. One of his pri­mary mo­tives for con­serv­ing Patag­o­nia was to pro­tect and re­store wildlife. “The ex­tinc­tion cri­sis is the mother of all crises,” Tomp­kins once said in an in­ter­view. “There will be no so­ci­ety, there will be no econ­omy, there will be no art and cul­ture on a dead planet.”

We were able to ad­just our edi­to­rial plans quickly, thanks in large part to the tremen­dous help of Her­nan Mla­dinic of the Pu­ma­lin Park Pro­ject. An­to­nio Viz­caino, the Mex­i­can pho­tog­ra­pher from Amer­ica Nat­u­ral who col­lab­o­rated with Tomp­kins in sev­eral of his photo ex­hibit-for­mat books, con­trib­uted many price­less im­ages that have truly made the trib­ute, in a word, beau­ti­ful. We were also for­tu­nate to count with the help of our con­tribut­ing editor, Pablo Valen­zuela, who gave us the re­mark­able cover photo taken al­most 17 years ago at Pu­ma­lin Park.

The life of Doug Tomp­kins pro­vides yet an­other won­der­ful ex­am­ple of some­one who sought to pro­tect the places he most en­joyed and loved. At Patagon Jour­nal, we cer­tainly seek to do the same. Our mis­sion is to build a greater un­der­stand­ing, ap­pre­ci­a­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion of the world's last wild places, Patag­o­nia in par­tic­u­lar. Please con­sider sup­port­ing the mag­a­zine as a sub­scriber, spon­sor or donor. Thank you.

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