Rewilding Benefits – Rewilding Britain
Story source: The Ecologist https://theecologist.org/2020/nov/04/…
The devastation of war changed our perspectives and fallow land became viewed as wasted land, and by the late 1960s, large, specialized farms obliterated grasses, wildflowers and trees from the landscape. So now, the UK is amongst the most nature depleted countries in the world, ranking 29th lowest of 218 countries. Native woodlands cover just 2.5 % of all of our land today. Not having access to real ‘wild’ environments has disconnected us from nature. Industrialised living has conditioned us, and we no longer feel a need or desire nature the way we once did. Out of sight out of mind.. When nature is valued as nothing, invisible to the economic system, its dismissed.
Rewilding is about enabling natural processes to shape land and sea, repair damaged ecosystems and restore degraded landscapes. The benefits are limitless: protect wildlife from extinction restore degraded landscapes increase biodiversity improve water systems increase soil fertility lower carbon emissions Curbs food waste – The stats on food waste are shocking: ⅓ of perfectly edible food produced globally is wasted in rich countries today, consumers throw away 222 million tonnes of food each year.
Removes artificial fertilizers, which are costly and inefficient artificial fertilizers are huge contributors to global warming. the declining nutritional value of food from fertilizers is also shocking.
We need to eat eight oranges today to receive the same amount of vitamin A as our grandparents did from eating one orange. If organic matter was increased in the world’s farmed soils by as little as 1.6 percent, we could drastically curb climate change.
Creates jobs and benefits the global economy. Virtually all farmers on marginal land in the UK are making unsustainable losses and heading towards bankruptcy. If sustainable land management was rolled out across the world, over £50 trillion could be added to the global economy through jobs and agricultural output.
Health, both physical and mental – Evidence shows people are mentally healthier, physically fitter, and children’s behaviour and school work improve if they have access to the countryside and gardens.
We are already seeing the benefits of lots of rewilding cases – – Knepp estate, and beaver re-introductions in England. Rewilding Britain aims to have returned natural ecological processes and key species to 300,000 hectares of core land by 2030 – the equivalent of a large country. If we let nature back in, we could transform not only the British landscape, but also the longevity of our economy, for the better.
Story source : https://theecologist.org/2020/nov/04/…
Wistmans woods “Wistman’s Wood” by Βethan is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Degraded landscape https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi…
Knepp Estate “knepp” by arcibald is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
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