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George Monbiot and re-wilding
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biffvernon



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2016 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not just wildlife but rewilding human nature?
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We don’t often think of ourselves as being domesticated. The word falls easily from our human lips when we talk of animals and plants, but are we ourselves also tame? As the natural world has been eternally altered by mankind’s intervention, have we curtailed human nature in the same way?

The concept of rewilding has surged in popularity since George Monbiot published his book Feral in 2013. In it, the writer and disillusioned environmentalist searched for “enchantment on the frontiers of rewilding”. His vision calls for less human intervention in landscapes and ecosystems and the restoration of natural processes, including the return of big animals such as wolves and lynx. With notable successes in the US, along the former Iron Curtain in Europe and the ‘imposed’ transformation of Chernobyl, the environmental rewilding movement captured imaginations and continues to develop.

“We live in a shadow land. A dim, flattened relic of what there once was,” Monbiot has said. “Rewilding offers us this fantastic opportunity to start allowing systems to restore themselves: stepping back, and letting nature get on with it.”

Just as ecological rewilding succeeds by letting nature do what it is designed to do, could we take the same approach towards ourselves? What would happen if we were more aware of and driven by our own dynamic processes? Is this even possible in today’s world?


https://www.positive.news/2016/environment/20749/rewilding-human-nature
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2016 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It always amazes me how blithely we accept the notion of "spending most of our time indoors". Getting ourselves (and our children) outdoors more is an necessary first step in reconnecting with our natural selves. Being indoors, we disconnect ourselves from the natural rhythms such as the rising and the setting of the sun, the seasons and even simple things such as temperature fluctuations.

We don't perceive this disconnect, only its consequences, in the form of depression, obesity and a failure to empathise with the natural world.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exactly so.
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