Rewilding is the practice of returning animal and plant species that have declined or been eradicated due to human activity to the natural environment. Rewilding can help remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, improve biodiversity and enhance water and soil quality, so it is a powerful weapon against climate change.
5 ways a rewilding climate solution can help with climate change:
- Rewilding can assist in removing CO2 from the atmosphere. We must significantly reduce atmospheric CO2 to meet the 2016 Paris Agreement's goal and limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. A carbon-storing habitat, like a grassland, woodland, or wetland, can be restored by rewilding.
- Rewilding can control dangerous weather events like floods. Our ecology has been suffering from irreparable harm due to climate change all across the world. Rewilding can reduce the impact of climate change by lowering soil erosion and providing a home for wild animals if their original environment is restored and their homes shielded from heat waves, droughts, and floods.
- It will improve biodiversity. By restoring plant species, rewilding can contribute to the NET POSITIVE goal of repairing, restoring, and regenerating the natural world. It helps native species thrive, thereby improving biodiversity, boosting species diversity, and increasing the abundance of animals and plants in native habitats.
- It supports sustainable land management. This is beneficial for both the local community and the environment, aligning with the principles of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing. Practices such as agroforestry, sustainable forestry, and regenerative agriculture improve soil health and reduce soil erosion while also providing economic opportunities for local communities through regional ecotourism and job creation.
- Rewilding can help to enhance the water and soil quality. Organic matter improves when soil erosion is reduced, fostering healthy soil. In exchange, healthy soil holds onto more water, lowering runoff and enhancing the quality of water in neighbouring water bodies. By lowering the amount of contaminants entering the streams, it can also safeguard watersheds.
Rewilding is a realistic economic strategy that can improve biodiversity while reducing the severity and effects of climate change. All species will be able to live in a more tolerable world as a result. Let us explore additional ways to find the best solutions for climate change.