We are very excited to report that, in the run-up to COP26, RSK has published a paper looking into the various different ways that rewilding and the creation and restoration of natural habitats can help in our efforts to tackle climate change (download the article here). At RSK Wilding, this is clearly something close to our hearts!
It is clear that we can no longer treat nature and its resources as expendable. We all rely on the ‘ecosystem services’ provided by a healthy environment to thrive, so it is in all of our interests to make sure we turn the tide on the environmental degradation that has gone on for far too long.
Restoring natural habitats through rewilding not only enhances biodiversity, as it enables threatened habitats and species to recover, but it also provides numerous other benefits, from cleaning up our water and reducing flooding to removing damaging carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and regulating the climate. So rewilding our landscapes will not only reverse biodiversity loss, but also help to address the climate emergency.
In this paper, we highlight ten different ways – illustrated by exciting projects from around the UK – in which rewilding or habitat restoration can be incorporated into everything we do, all with the aim of helping tackle the twin crises of climate change and mass species extinction. From greening up our cities, removing pollutants from our water and restoring our peatlands to planting natural woodland, reintroducing beavers to reduce flooding and restoring nature to our agricultural land and National Parks, there is always a wild way to meet a challenge while improving our environment. We hope you enjoy the report. If it leaves you feeling inspired to find out more about rewilding and how you can get involved, please get in touch.