Rewilding is letting nature take care of itself. It is the conservation of destruction done by humans. Rewilding is treating nature. The environment is taking shape as the world is under lockdown. Animals are visiting streets in India and Africa, fishes are swimming in the clean water of Venice and the air pollution graph has decreased as well as the ozone layer is recovering.
Can we make our cities wild again?
The coronavirus has shut down has created a surreal scene of the animal taking urban spaces. In India, monkeys jump in the hotel swimming pool. He swam in the pool for two minutes. People were shocked as they do not know monkeys can swim underwater. The animals are getting back in nature and that is fascinating. It is extraordinary to see how nature is restoring itself after COVID-19 lockdown.
George Monbiot says
“It is delightful. It’s fascinating and extraordinary. We all want a connection with nature. I think that’s something quite innate in human beings that we reach out to nature. We want to feel in touch with it. And a lot of us have been missing that sense of connection because we have driven out nature so far from our lives, especially charismatics interesting animals which we tend most easily to relate to”.
Isabella Tree author says.
We are begging to feel, the absence of wildlife in our lives and I think the fact that we are now getting species in our urban that we have never seen before is reminding us of that disconnection.
Call of rewilding.
A global rewilding movement aims to end generations of declining wildlife populations by truing land over to nature to create natural habitats.
Rewilding is the mass restoration of the ecosystem, bringing back missing species, bringing back missing habitats, above all bring back missing ecological processes.
Allowing nature, to the greatest extent possible to direct itself. And nature, when it allows to, does all these spontaneous, dynamic, exciting things which you couldn’t possibly predict.
That’s one of the wonderful things about it. But we keep truncating those processes by managing nature. And to the greatest extent possible, rewilding is about letting go of that management. There is no goal in rewilding other than improving biodiversity and getting the system working again, functioning. We are letting nature taking driving again.
Rewilding projects have been initiated around the world. Here are converting farmed lands into a functioning ecological system. And results are astounding the world. In 20 years we are having rarest species in Brittan. Turtles butterflies, nightingales, purple emperor butterflies, all breeding here. People have gone from one of the most polluted depleted areas to one of the most significant areas in for nature in Britain. If it can happen here underneath the Gatwick stacking system, it can happen anywhere.
An ambitious conservation strategy (Rewildering)
Rewilding is not without controversy. The introduction of predators could have threatened the livestock as well as a way of life that lasted for a generation. Wolves could survive happily outside London Dustbins. But nature is highly adaptable as we have seen during the lockdown.
But the barriers are political and commercial. And its matter of persuading people to do something different and to say I think a much better. Use of this land, on which currently there is one sheer per two hectors, it’s producing almost nothing, wouldn’t it be better to pay people to do something completely different on that land?
Let the tress come back. Let the wildlife comeback, let people enjoy natural magnificent experiences.
A new UK government reveals about rewilding.
They are overwhelming the public support ideas; nearly half of the British public support wolves, lynx and third even want brown bears,
But can our urban areas become the home for wildlife? The fact is that we are getting species in our urban areas and spaces. We have never seen before is reminding us of that disconnection. And kind of potential what could be.
And so it does connect with the whole idea of rewilding. We need to see urban spaces that aren’t just green spaces which can be biological deserts after all.
We need to see places that are hammering, thrumming with life where you can go and feel lively again. An American biologist EO Wilson, called it biophilia. It’s needed in all of us. It is hot weird in DNA to connect with living things. And that’s what we have been missing.
There are wonderful projects across the world. We have been just looking into one in New Zealand. A town in Wellington where they have to connect with valley outside the town and they are bringing animals. These species are moving in urban spaces. Because they have sort of encouraged and allowed to happen.
There is no reason why we couldn’t have animals in the rest of our cities. We should be having canals or two paths or bicycle routes. All these could be free-flowing ways for really interesting wildlife to get back into our cities again and for us to benefit not just from physical enjoyment of being out in nature but also that mental connection we need for our mental health.
What we like to see is magnificent nature made accessible to everybody to have wonderful wild places on our doorsteps and lockdown has increased the craving for nature. They should give us extra impetus in trying to ensure that everybody can have access to wild places and that requires rewilding.
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