George Monbiot, the celebrated British thinker, adventurer and, yes, provocateur, has written nothing short of a global manifesto for addressing the worldwide conservation crisis. Monbiot’s premise is that we can restore hope by restoring the earth’s wildlife and ecosystems, and letting nature attend to itself.
In his article, Monbiot used the bully pulpit of his regular column in The Guardian to voice his support for ecosystem restoration on a grand scale. Based on research for his new book, this audacious idea is Monbiot’s roadmap to how we find our way out of the ‘wilderness’ of deforestation, habitat destruction, overconsumption, and carbon gluttony, back to Earth’s real wilderness.
Monbiot calls for “rewilding” the planet. That means letting nature return, allowing nature’s intrinsic fecundity to bring back wildlife and their ecosystems. His vision for “the mass restoration of ecosystems” offers a blueprint for how to do it. The aim is to focus on allocating old, less productive farm and ranchland for wildlife. Then, Monbiot argues, natural systems will take over.
This approach is directly in line with what SavingSpecies does everyday. We identify and restore abandoned or underused agricultural plots, being less expensive to purchase, and allowing reconnection of existing natural areas to increase the effective area of habitat for species.
Indeed, George Monbiot has kind words for SavingSpecies’ science-based approach:
I’m delighted to hear about the work of SavingSpecies. It is exactly the kind of initiative we need to start reversing the terrible destruction and degradation of the natural world and to show that there is hope where hope seemed absent.
“Hope where hope seemed absent,” – we couldn’t have said it better ourselves! We need eminent communicators such as George Monbiot to articulate the message of hope, along with methods like ours that are practical, scalable and proven to work. So a hat tip and big thank you, George!