Myth 12: Wilderness is the idea of rich, white males
Myth: Wilderness is the idea of rich, white, chauvinistic males (Cronon 1996)
Truth: This myth is an assertion presented as ‘evident truth’, rather than a logical argument. Many wilderness advocates are neither rich, white, or male. Wilderness defined by IUCN is a ‘large natural area’, it is thus not just an idea of any race, gender or financial status. Rather, wilderness is a rapidly dwindling area which represents the least degraded natural areas that still remain.