“Large animals change there ecosystems; they change the physical attributes of the planet. When those great animals disappear, what we are left with is not just part of an ecosystem with a few of those large animals missing. We are left with somethings completely different. It is the the burnt out shell of that ecosystem. There is almost nothing of the dynamic interactions of its amazing trophic relationships left. We live in a shadowland: a dimmed and flattened relic of what there once was. And, what there could be again.
Rewilding is the mass restoration of ecosystems. It gives us the opportunity to restore, not just much of the magnificent wildlife that we have lost on earth, but much of the wonder and delight and joy and excitement and enchantment that we have lost from our own lives…it is a positive vision that gives us the possibility that our silent spring could be replaced by a raucous, boisterous and disorderly summer.” ~ paraphrasing from the lecture given by Britain’s George Manbiot
To find out more about this talk, visit the event page on the RSA website:
The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce): an enlightenment organization committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges. Through its ideas, research and 27,000-strong Fellowship it seeks to understand and enhance human capability so we can close the gap between today’s reality and people’s hopes for a better world.