There is a natural harmony that exists between humans and the environment. An innate understanding lies within each of us as people to be able to find the greater good; to work with each other and nature to find balance amongst all who share the planet. An opportunity is here for us to return to this way of life, and it is called rewilding. The concept of Rewilding is one that aspires to bring all things back to their original natural state of being, while working and living harmoniously together. This is the way of Nature.
Rewilding is a huge topic across the world. In many ways, it’s complex for one person to undertake all the different ways we can rewild our world; from our own personal lives to the environment we call home. The world and our effects on it often seem, quite simply, too big.
Yet it’s that very reason that rewilding is so important. We all must take action in our own lives, in our own small ways, to make this world a better place: for our horse & animal relatives, our shared habitats, and our collective humanity. If we all added one small drop to the bucket, we can create a ripple effect far beyond our original actions. So how can the average person learn and implement different aspects of rewilding into their daily lives?
It’s no secret that the food supply chain in the Western world is environmentally harmful, depleting the land of its resources with monoculture farming and spewing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Many people living with yards or land choose to grow some of their own food, reducing their carbon footprint and burden on the global food system. They enjoy knowing what has gone into the growing of their food and the relationship established throughout the growth process. But what about urbanites?
Even people living in a city can rewild our world through urban farming and community gardens, thereby cutting short the long, environmentally disastrous corporate supply chain that delivers food to most of us. Community gardens are popping up in cities all over the world, and it’s easy to get involved in local programs that allow members to grow their own produce, right in the middle of the city, often in exchange for volunteer hours.
Rewilding programs in Europe: http://www.monbiot.com/2013/05/27/a-manifesto-for-rewilding-the-world/
Before we swept through the land on the North American continent, a squirrel could get from the Atlantic to the Mississippi without descending from the trees; until we decimated the original ecosystems to make way for our current landscape. And while it is critically important to protect the natural places we have left, one commonly invisible problem that appears when protecting public lands is that they are often preserved in a “depleted” state, according to George Monbiot, the famed British environmental writer and rewilding expert. That’s why some enterprising rewilders have begun programs like Trees for Life in Scotland, which seeks not only the continued protection of the Caledonia region, but works to fundraise efforts to plant trees, restoring the Caledonian forest for future generations to see what it was like before it was degraded. Across Europe the introduction or reintroduction of specific animal, such as elephants, bison, wolves and horses, has done wonders to support, sustain and balance the ecosystem and energy of Europe’s environment.
The Earthship movement
Built out of recycled material, the Earthship is entirely solar powered and customized to integrate with the land its built on. Inhabitants can use the inherent temperature regulation of the sun and soil to manage the heat in their houses, and collect rainwater and compost to facilitate the production of food. According to the architect, they are almost entirely off-the-grid and rely little on public utilities and the fossil fuels that destroy our lands and habitats.
Others are going even further, and growing their homes out of plants!
Caretaking for Wild Horses: http://thepioneerwoman.com/confessions/the-wild-horses/
While the BLM’s problematic treatment of wild horses has been covered here before, some ranchers are working with the BLM to care for the tens of thousands of wild horses and burros the BLM cannot take care of:
We started receiving the wild horses in September of that year. The acclimation process takes a couple of months of moving them from the pens to small traps to larger traps, then on to the larger pastures. During this transition, we feed the horses with our feed trucks in order to get them used to the trucks. This will ensure that when winter comes, the horses will know to come to the trucks to be fed. This is a time-consuming and labor-intensive process, but it’s necessary to minimize the stress of moving the horses to a new and strange environment.
While this isn’t the easiest option for most people, it’s one way American ranchers can help take care of the wild horses that make up America’s glory and continue to rewild our world. A small chance to at rewilding our balance in nature as it was created to benefit all inhabitants. Discovering the value between the horse-human connection is just another added bonus of providing a home for these relatives. Because horses carry the energy of our principles of life (feelings, thoughts and actions), being around them helps us on a subconscious level to re-connect to those feelings within ourselves, reconnecting our souls to a place deep inside of us that we have forgotten. Our horse nation is a guide for our humanity to return to a way of life that is more wild and free.