I listen to a lot of podcasts, including a lot of TedTalks. Amazing stuff.
When it comes to saving the world, there are so many talks from unbelievably smart people. They all break down complex, scientific solutions to the climate crisis into a 10-15 minute talk that my unscientific self can (kinda) understand. It’s all very mind-blowing and very hopeful.
Everything from increasing the reflectiveness of clouds, to creating large scale seaweed farms to draw down carbon. Brilliant minds are furiously coming up with solutions to reverse the damage we’ve inflicted upon the environment.
Then I heard an interesting approach called “Rewilding.” (Also called “Conservation Biology.”)
This idea really caught my attention because it felt like a natural fit with this whole “gentle living” approach.
So…what is Rewilding?
According to rewildingeurope.com, “Rewilding is a progressive approach to conservation. It’s about letting nature take care of itself, enabling natural processes to shape land and sea, repair damaged ecosystems and restore degraded landscapes. Through rewilding, wildlife’s natural rhythms create wilder, more biodiverse habitats.”
In other words, nature has extraordinary capacity to heal itself, we just need to get out of the way and help her get back to the business of thriving.
Cool. Cool. But what does that have to do with me?
Well, I think there are a few things we can do to rewild our tiny little worlds, that will spill over to the greater cause.
- Vote with your wallet: Support brands and companies that have sustainable and ethical practices. Buy things that don’t require the relentless degradation of people and habitats. Local. Organic. Sustainable. Ethical.
- Check out conservation efforts happening around you. Here are a few places to start:
- Cultivate appreciation for nature. Go outside. Hike. Sit by the ocean. A lake. A mountain. A forest. Don’t underestimate the power of shifting your personal, internal energy. It flows outwards from there.
- If you have kids, take them outside. Point out interesting things. Embed an appreciation for nature early and it will stick with them throughout their lives. Catch frogs. Examine butterflies and mushrooms and spiderwebs.
If anything, we could all afford to get a little more wild. Party on, dudes.
LINK: Rewilding Europe