Where the wild things are: how rewilding could help tackle the climate crisis
by Maya Comely
What's Going On Here?
Last week Rewilding Britain published a plan calling for a quarter of the UK to be ‘rewilded’ to help tackle the climate crisis.
How? By redirecting billions of pounds from farm subsidies towards restoring and protecting natural processes and wilderness areas - thus bringing both health benefits to us and the planet.
What Does This Mean?
Each year the UK government hands over £3bn to agricultural organisations, supporting farmers and ensuring us folk have a stable supply of affordable food. ⛏
The plan proposes £1.9bn being redirected to creating 2m hectares of new woodland, species-rich meadows, and fully protecting the UK’s 2m hectares of peat bogs and heaths.
Why Should We Care?
We wrote about the importance of biodiversity a few weeks back when we covered Natural Climate Solutions.
The plan comes at a good time as a recent study estimated that millions of people in the UK ‘lack access to a park or green space’. Shockingly, it was calculated that the average amount of green space per person is less than half of a six-yard-box on a football pitch! Not such great news.
From a weekend wander through an overgrown cemetery to letting your lawn run wild to boost bee counts - start appreciating the au natural near you. “Green exercise” is also becoming a thing, with scientists having calculated that more than eight million people each week took at least 30 minutes of outside exercise in a natural environment.
P.s. check out this cute video on rewilding
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