“Come explore WILD9,” the release says, with all the seductive flavor of whatever travel brochure convinced that psychotic Fred C. Dobbs to give up driving a hack in Brooklyn and seek his fortune down Mexico way. But I digress. WILD9 is the name of an upcoming gathering of the World Wilderness Congress, Nov. 6-13, in Merida, in Mexico’s Yucatan.
The theme of this gathering is the part that “wilderness plays in mitigating climate change and conserving biodiversity.” They’ll have writers (hey, that’s us!), filmmakers and photographers. They’ll have “international conservation leaders,” including Dr. Jane Goodall, that lady who hangs out with chimpanzees. There’s also Stephan Harding, “Gaia theory expert” (man, I’ll bet you two granola bars and a Guatemalan shawl that dude is in some of those magazines they sell at Golden Temple).
WILD9 will “showcase innovation, best-practices and models in an interactive, results-oriented forum” (yeah, whatever).
The program also features “local excursions” to places like the Mayan ruins. I bet they all trip, man. Anyway, I gotta talk to Madison (“As your attorney I advise you,” etc.), but I think we’re gone. As the release says, “See you in Merida!”
Check it out at www.wild9.org.