Climate Change: Rewilding Our Hearts

Rewilding - Climate Change

Ecosystems are not only more complex than we think, but more complex than we can think.            – Frank Egler

In The Ten Trusts, Jane Goodall relates a conversation with Angaangaq Lyberth, the then-leader of the Eskimo nation from Greenland. At a gathering of a thousand religious and spiritual leaders in the United Nations General Assembly Hall, he said: “In the north, we feel every day what you do down here. In the north the ice is melting. What will it take to melt the ice in the human heart?”

Rewilding is about melting the ice in our hearts so that we might all work together to solve the dilemmas posed by climate change. First, rewilding asks us to recognize the connection between what we do and its effect on the Earth’s changing climate. Global warming is, of course, a very complex collection of interrelated impacts, one that is almost beyond our capacity to understand in its entirety, but we can no longer deny that it is happening and that humans influence it. …At the very least, the precautionary principle should lead us to deal proactively with the issue of climate change, rather than wait till we’re 100% certain of all the causes and find it’s too late to act.

Rewilding means we should take the “Noah’s ark” attitude toward climate change. As seas rise and the environment changes, we should ech do what we can, as we can, to preserve, protect, and conserve all species, since we are all in the same boat, and we need one another.

Adapted from Rewilding Our Hearts, by Marc Bekoff, (New World Library, 2014).