Efforts to fight climate change are quite often about saying no. Rewilding is different. It is about saying yes.

This deeply optimistic, future-facing work aims to give back to nature some human control over ecosystems. It is about science-guided protection, conservation, restoration, and biodiversity; about letting tamed places go wild and connecting already wild places to each other; about making landscapes healthier and more resilient; and about enlisting nature to help mitigate climate change.

Here are some articles to engage your imagination. 

On rewilding your own yard or garden, your pleasure in living, your travel, and your sense of possible futures:

On trying to do it well:

  • This interesting (and brand-new) story looks at the key role of large mammals in healthy landscapes and plans underway to restore some of those missing: “Bringing Back the Beasts: Global Rewilding Plans Take Shape,” Janet Marinelli, Yale e360.
  • An illustrated tale of one project and some of its complications: “Who will profit from saving Scotland’s bogs?” David Segal, NYT. 
  • “What’s next for rewilding?” Zoological Society of London, YouTube or podcast. Three interesting academic looks at the topic, including matters of policy, natural capital, ecosystem services, the role of megafauna, management challenges, the place of people in wild lands, and more.
  • The benefits and risks of rewilding,” IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). Some basic principles.

On a really wild idea:

For more:

  • The Global Rewilding Alliance has an interactive map of many projects around the globe.
  • The Guardian’s dozens of articles on this topic are collected here. Most are about the UK, but a good many look at projects in other countries.

This series is curated and written by retired Colorado State University English professor and close climate change watcher SueEllen Campbell of Colorado. To flag works you think warrant attention, send an e-mail to her any time. Let us hear from you. 

SueEllen Campbell

SueEllen Campbell created and for over a decade curated the website "100 Views of Climate Change," a multidisciplinary collection of pieces accessible to interested non-specialists. She is especially interested...