Diverting the collision course
With ever more demand for space and dwindling natural resources subject to more and more ‘economic growth’ and a projected global population of up to 10,5 billion people by the year 2050, humans confiscate and degrade our planet at an alarming and seemingly unstoppable rate. Only remote regions like the poles, tundra’s, arid zones, mountain ranges and strictly protected (often highland) reserves still provided adequate refuge for biodiversity. But many of these areas are now also threatened by expanding road networks, mineral and energy industry (example), intensive agriculture and forestry, desperate exploitations by poor human communities and increasingly by higher-order and knock-on processes like climate change. This is in turn is further exacerbated by the current economic crisis.
However, there is plenty scope for reversing the negative trends and in attaining ecology-based societies, for instance by closing our production-cycles (cradle to cradle), adjusting or reducing our consumption patterns, achieve effective alternative energy sources. It boils down living with nature instead of living in the Tragedy of the commons. We can restore and revitalise nature by setting aside and effectively protect sizeable wilderness areas, connected by robust corridors into ecological networks. This will contribute highly to our wise ecological stewardship of spaceship Earth, thereby safeguarding future generations (our kids and grandkids) to live quality lifes.
The ecological imperative
Here are some first (subject to refinement) fundamental thoughts and preconditions (an ecological paradigm) to ponder into practical local actions for global eco-social change and the effective attainment of noble goals like rewilding:
- Enigmatically or paradoxically, world leaders today are mainly preoccupied with economic, religious and geopolitical issues, but fail to address the real threat to us and in us all, to the detriment of human civilisation and our environment. At present we create great imbalance in the earthly spheres: the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, pedosphere, and last but not least in our own noosphere. To illustrate a discrepancy, there is more to be gained from saving the rainforests than fighting wars to get hold of the last non-renewable energy resources.
- Hence there is urgent need to reconcile and consolidate pacifistic, humanitarian, environmental and nature conservation efforts and use a planet-centered or holistic vision to solve ecological and socio-economic problems. Crucial in this process is the interweaving of ecological endeavors of many, thereby achieving greater positive impact and knock-on effects. Nature conservation around the world, for instance, is to a high degree competitive, fragmented in application and as such limited (sometimes futile) in its reach and durable effect (continuation).
- We can indeed innovate with nature, be part of it, and abandon the way of living that the industrial revolution has erroneously led humanity into, by recognizing that course is likely to be a dead end. Harmonisation of mankind with itself and our natural world is not impossible, but a noble challenge. It starts with deep ecological realization within us.
- For an ecological world movement there is a need to interweave – through system thinking – the disciplines of science, technology and the arts together with the wisdom traditions (e.g. Buddhism).
- Another crucial requirement is to replace reductionist thinking with holistic thinking, deeply realizing that most things and events are intimately connected and that perturbations can have far reaching consequences.
- Initiate and advocate grassroots initiatives worldwide – join them – and facilitate to build and strengthen networks of ecologically-based communities.
- Hence, devise novel and innovative ways to foster (hence not abuse) nature’s goods and services to advance local green economies; nature holds important opportunities for many when used with care and foresight.
- Living in and working with nature fulfills the human spirit and inspires the best in humanity! It connects people in reviving the land ethic of old, by caring for the land. This is contrary to human societies in hardcore urban environments, where people can become enstranged from each other and the environment, with many social problems as a result.
Rewilding requires ecological will of mind, to be shared with others, to be translated into broad-based societal support and actions! Reconnecting people with nature and the universe!
“A human being is a part of a whole, called universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
– Albert Einstein