What Places on the Planet Would You Save?

We compiled your responses into an interactive map.

A couple weeks ago, we had author and ant biologist E.O. Wilson on the show. He spoke about his book Half-Earth and his idea to set aside half of the planet to prevent the next mass extinction. That made us wonder what places other people would want to preserve if they had the chance. So we asked you what locations you’d save and why.

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We gathered your responses in a Wufoo form and put them on a Google map. Click the pins to read why people chose their places! Check out the pin for Pilanesberg, South Africa; it’s my personal favorite.

In case you didn’t get a chance to fill out the form, you can let us know what place you would like to save and why in the comments below.

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About Daniel Peterschmidt

Daniel Peterschmidt is a digital producer and composes music for Science Friday’s podcast, Undiscovered. His D&D character is a clumsy bard named Chip Chap Chopman.

  • Dmitry

    In my opinion, the map proves that people still take care of their own homes but not the planet Earth because almost all chosen locations are in the USA, no one has chosen Greenland, or any place in Eurasia.

    • Julie Gunn

      I noticed that. What a shame.

  • sunman42

    The Greenland and West Antaractic ice sheets.

  • intrepid

    New Orleans. no one picked New Orleans? It’s a challenge, grant it, but there is no other place like it on earth.

  • Julie Gunn

    #1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

    Case closed.