On March 20th, 2021 conservationists around the world will celebrate the first annual World Rewilding Day to expand awareness of rewilding, one of the most powerful and widely available methods for stabilizing the climate crisis and halting the rapid loss of biodiversity. To celebrate, Northeast Wilderness Trust is raffling of a top-of-the-line, lightweight canoe thanks to Hornbeck Boats.
Rewilding is the simple action of helping nature heal itself. Rewilding practitioners engage in a multitude of activities including reintroducing native species, protecting watersheds, and restoring wildlands to their natural state.
A growing body of research shows that by restoring wildlands we can quickly and effectively achieve at least 37% of global carbon capture targets, and increase the probability of avoiding the catastrophic effects of runaway climate change. (For a related studies, please click here to visit our research library.)
World Rewilding Day was born out of the planning that took place for the 11th World Wilderness Congress and the Global Rewilding Charter. Recognizing the vast promise and potential encompassed in simple actions that allow nature to heal itself, scientists and conservation leaders started to coalesce around the idea that rewilding can empower millions of people around the world to take actions that restore nature and help combat climate change.
Northeast Wilderness Trust is at the forefront of the global rewilding movement, as an initial endorser of the Charter and member of the Global Rewilding Alliance. In the Northeast, fewer than 1% of forests survived European colonization and are considered old-growth, and less than 3% of the land is officially protected as wilderness. This region is greatly in need of old, wild forests and increased wilderness protections in support of local wildlife and natural, landscape-scale ecological processes.
The first annual World Rewilding Day falls on March 20, 2021 in the same year the United Nations launches the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration.
Photo: Paddler in Hornbeck Classic Canoe, by Tom Butler.