World Rewilding Day: 20 March 2021
On the 20th March 2021 people on the planet will be celebrating the first #GlobalRewildingDay.
So what is rewilding?
The idea behind the day is to raise awareness of rewilding and what it’s all about.
Rewilding: The Global Alliance says that rewilding means (and I quote from their website):
Rewilding means helping nature heal. Rewilding means giving space back to wildlife and returning wildlife back to the land, as well as to the seas. Rewilding means the mass recovery of ecosystems and the life-supporting functions they provide. Rewilding is about allowing natural processes to shape whole ecosystems so that they work in all their colorful complexity to give life to the land and the seas.
For 2021 is a critical time for the natural world. We need to protect nature but also restore it, whether we are looking at coral reefs, coastal mangroves, forests and peatlands. Ecologists have identified the need for rewilding to restore biodiversity 30 years ago.
More about the World Rewilding Day
The first ever World Rewilding Day/Global Rewilding Day is a great chance to show what is being done and raise awareness of the organisations doing it – and how you can get involved and help.
Rewilding can empower us all to take action and make a difference.
So here are some organisations working to re-wild:
Rewilding Europe works with its local partners in 8 huge areas in Europe
Rewilding Britain – lots of information about what rewilding is about, and how we can all help. There’s a Rewilding Network with various categories e.g. smallholders, small to large rewildling projects (100 to 1,500 acres plus) and marine rewilding projects.
The Yorkshire Rewilding Network aims to bring together anyone in Yorkshire who has an interest in rewilding
The Scottish Rewilding Alliance is a collaboration between organisations who share a mission to enable rewilding at a new scale to Scotland.
Rewilding Earth develops and promotes the ideas and strategies “to advance continental-scale conservation in North America and beyond.” There’s more to it than that – check out the website
Rewilding: The Global Alliance The Global Rewilding Alliance consists currently of 106 practitioner and messenger organizations working in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and globally with the same vision to heal the planet. It has a map showing where it works. Over 70 countries are involved, working to rewild over 100 million hectares of land and sea. It says "restoring wild nature expands the habitat of thousands of species and helps restore balance and harmony to the world."