Rewilding offers compelling solutions to our climate and biodiversity emergencies. Today’s charter release supports growing calls to scale up rewilding now.
Released on 16 April, a “Global Charter for Rewilding the Earth” reinforces the message that rewilding must be prioritised as a critical solution to our current climate and biodiversity emergencies. The visionary document has already been endorsed by over 30 NGOs across the world, including Rewilding Europe, and follows the December release of the Call to Action for a Wilder Europe, which has a similar message and has now been endorsed by nearly 60 organisations.
“Across the world, there is growing recognition that the restoration of wild nature is a critical, cost-effective, immediate way of tackling climate change, reversing biodiversity decline, and providing services that we, as humans, rely on,” says Rewilding Europe Managing Director Frans Schepers. “This is an encouraging and important moment, with organisations and institutions from across the world working together to ensure large-scale nature recovery is placed high up on the global climate and biodiversity agenda.”
Rewilding is an innovative and inspirational way of restoring wild nature. By allowing natural processes to reshape and enhance ecosystems, it can revitalise land and sea, help to alleviate some of society’s most pressing challenges and create spaces where nature and people can thrive in harmony. Working with nature can protect us from flooding and coastal erosion, minimise wildfire risk, secure drinking water supplies, enhance human health and wellbeing, and drive economic growth. It is one of the most practical and cost-effective ways of mitigating climate change and helps to boost climate resilience. By enhancing the functionality of natural ecosystems, rewilding can also reduce the risk of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19.
Posted on: 17 April 2020