Nature swiftly responds when we stop trying to control it. This is our big chance to reverse man’s terrible destructive impact.
George Monbiot, The Guardian, 27 May. 2013

urope and the Americas are losing much of their mesofauna: bison, moose, wolf, bear, and lynx among others are losing ground. These losses, paradoxically, are coming by way of conservation. Many conservation sites maintain a “favourable condition” for a number of species, meaning the condition in which they were found or designated. This can be anywhere from a state of extreme depletion to scraps of what was once a dynamic and flourishing ecosystem. Nature reserves are often kept in this state through intervention. Cutting trees and allowing grazing by domestic animals which would not regularly occur. Through rewilding- a mass restoration of ecosystems- there is an opportunity to reverse the destruction of the natural world. Reintroducing missing animals and plants, taking down fences, blocking drainage ditches are all a part of the rewilding process. Several rewilding programmes in Europe (Trees For Life in Scotland, Wales Wild Land Foundation) are already beginning to show how nature responds when human loosens it’s grip. One estimate shows that two thirds of the previously forested parts of the US have reforested, as farming and logging industries have retreated. What rewilding offers is a chance for positive environmentalism. Nature has a way of returning to the state of which it began, and humans can either help in that process or hold it back.

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In places once thick with farms and cities, human dispossession and war has cleared the ground for nature to return.George Monbiot, Aeon, 04 Jun. 2013

To do all this in the context of saving half the Earth for its own sake is a tall order. Yet it is a challenge that we are up to if we have the will and ethical vision to value and coexist in a more-than-human world.William Lynn, The Conversation, 26 Aug. 2015

What conservation has been doing for decades is simply not working. It’s time to move forward with something bigger, something proven, something new.Caroline Fraser, Yale 360, 11 Feb. 2010
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