Rewilding 101: Everything You Need to Know

“To restore stability to our planet, therefore, we must restore its biodiversity, the very thing we have removed.” — Sir David Attenborough

March 29, 2024 | Source: EcoWatch | by Cristen Hemingway Jaynes

What Is ‘Rewilding’?

It’s no secret that modern humans have ravaged the planet. We have decimated ecosystems to make way for monocrop agriculture, the raising of beef cattle and development. Ecosystems that had maintained a delicate balance for millions of years have been turned into ecological wastelands with cascading negative effects on biodiversity, humanity and essential biogeochemical processes like Earth’s water cycle.

Rewilding is the reversing of negative impacts on natural environments through the restoration and conservation of ecosystems, wilderness areas and their natural processes, and it is essential for the survival of most life on our planet.

Rewilding involves reintroducing native species and allowing nature to heal and nurture itself. Doing so can not only restore biodiversity, but it can protect endangered species, prevent flooding and help mitigate climate change.