Working to take care of the Earth and other species on this planet is not a new phenomenon. In fact, I believe that conservation is not a learned trait but rather something that is embedded in our human nature. The desire to take care of the Earth, plants, animals, and other humans is ingrained in our very existence. As intelligent beings, we must partner with the rest of nature, to foster and maintain some semblance of symbiosis to coexist on this planet. It has been realized that our resources are finite and we must take steps to preserve them. While some see it as our duty to save species on the brink of extinction, others are worried that it is not our place or that we are “playing God.” So many questions can and should be raised on this topic because as a concerned people we should become more informed by asking more questions. You live on Earth so you should be concerned about and take care of where you live. As residents of this planet, humans, even with all of our technological advances, are not above the natural order. Yes, we have been able to utilize tools to make life easier for ourselves but we still have our place. Being part of this chain means that we put things into the system in addition to taking what we need from it. As of right now, this is all we’ve got. Using up all of our resources would surely mean devastating consequences for humankind.
So why rewilding? With all of the many viable options in conservation, this particular effort has been shown to work effectively on a large scale. There are many benefits to rewilding, the most important one being improved biodiversity. Rewilding has been shown to bring back balance and regulate once dwindling ecosystems. It is claimed in “Rewilding Abandoned Landscapes in Europe” that agricultural practices as we know them were wasteful and rewilding in this areas would undo the damage that has been caused (2012). There are great arguments in favor of rewilding, as long as it is away from civilization, and that makes perfect sense. Rewilding is heavily dependent on the reintroduction of keystone species, many of whom are apex predators. That is enough to make anyone wary of it. However, rewilding San Francisco is not only important for the environment but necessary for humans and animals to coexist now, as well as in the future. Rewilding in rural areas and national parks are important endeavors and they should not be abandoned. The Earth needs rehabilitation now, more than ever. But we shouldn’t stop there. Bringing rewilding into urban environments restores a balance that was once lost. As I’ve stated before, rewilding is an aggressive approach to solving an ecological problem that we’ve created. But it is so much more than that, with the three step proposal, outlined in this report, we can create real changes that promote the well-being of all involved. Rewilding San Francisco gets us back in touch with our roots, our own nature.
Navarro, L. M., & Pereira H. M. (2012). Rewilding abandoned landscapes in Europe. Ecosystems, 15, 900-912