There is a Broken Connection Between Cities and Wildness - Living Adventurously 13
Professor Ian Rotherham is an expert on a range of environmental issues, including urban wildlife, extreme weather, flooding and climate change. He has published extensively in academic journals, and has released a number of books on UK wildlife and the environment. Ian is a man positively bursting with enthusiasm and knowledge and ideas. Ian poured forth a cheerful stream of lessons on the environment, eco-tourism and rewilding. We talked about the cultural severance between cities and wildness, and the reassuring dictum that you can change the world, a little bit at a time: perhaps by beginning with rewilding your back garden.
We talked about the cultural severance between cities and wildness, and the reassuring dictum that you can change the world, a little bit at a time: perhaps by beginning with rewilding your back garden.
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- Ecotourism should not only be "take only photographs, leave only footprints", but we also need to try to help people in a benign way.
- Adventure literature is often about "defeating nature" rather than pausing for a while or caring for the landscape.
- We need more respect and awareness when dealing with the vulnerable resource of the natural world.
- How best to minimise your damage and maximise your positive impact
- Rewilding, in all its guises, (including rewilding the mind) can save the NHS millions, as well as all the other benefits.
- Sheffield Trees Action Group
- The communities that are able to protest about their environment are usually the most affluent ones.
- Trees give you a sense of place and seasonality. They are therapeutic and spiritually uplifting.
- The new urban wild and bringing wild to the people
- Cultural severance in urban landscapes - a broken connection between cities and wildness
- Feral - George Monbiot
- Shadow woods - Ian Rotherham
- You can change the world, even incrementally and a bit at a time. Rewilding your garden is a good start.
- Globally and in Britain, in terms of nature conservation, biodiversity and sustainability we are indeed in a very bad way – essentially the ecosystem is broken and we need to mend it
- The problems are not as simple as carbon = climate change = plant lots of trees! Such naïve thinking is actually dangerously misconceived
- Rewilding offers a radical new approach to resolving many of the issues in ways which are, paraphrased from Lawton (2010), bigger, bolder, better, more joined …..However, this idea needs to connect with a far wider community especially in urban areas
- Additionally, approaches have to be paid for and not just with ‘ecosystem services which are community goods’ – but with MONEY ….. (This is a fact not popular with politicians for example!)
- I suggest that farmers & farming have to be part of the SOLUTION and are not, as often portrayed, the problem