What can I do to help rewilding?
It’s a fair question and one we’re often asked. It’s easy to be weighed down by the continuous flow of negative news about our struggling natural environment. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, unable to make a difference. It’s easy to lose hope. But rewilding brings hope.
MeWilding is rewilding for everyone.
We may all interpret the word 'rewilding' in different ways, but ultimately it’s about creating a healthier world for us, and all the living creatures we live alongside and depend upon.
Rewilding is a journey for all of us. Whether you have thousands of hectares, a farm, a woodland, a garden the size of a matchbox, or no garden at all, you can join an exciting movement that holds the key to the future success of all life on this planet. With minimal effort, we can all make choices that will help nature repair and restore.
To help guide and inspire you, we have prepared MeWilding, a 70-page booklet packed with information and easy to follow ideas, from choosing plants for pollinators, making garden ponds, composting our household green waste, planting trees, to simply spending time outside with children. Decorated with beautiful images and illustrations from the team at SCOTLAND: The Big Picture, it encourages us all to let wild into our everyday lives, to inform our choices and consider our actions. And, to nurture the thought that 'small' matters too.
“Even the largest avalanche is triggered by small things.”
Rewild a Child
Teaching children about the infinite value of the natural world is one of the most important gifts you can give. Spending time with them outside and discouraging long hours glued to screens and gadgets, will lead to a far healthier lifestyle. MeWilding offers lots of practical and easy things to do with children that will cost you nothing but time, and are guaranteed to bring joy and fascination. We believe that what children know and love they will in turn respect and nurture.
All at Sea
It can be harder to feel serious concern about our oceans because we cannot see the problems that lie beneath the waves. Our marine ecosystems are suffering through catastrophic pollution and plastics, as well as overfishing. It may seem an impossible task, but there is much we can do to help. It's important to think about buying sustainable seafood products.
When it comes to the disposal of many everyday items, if we do not consider disposing of them correctly, they can end up in our oceans with disastrous results for marine life.
The way we choose to spend our money and time can help towards a wilder Scotland. However, the way we choose to use our vote is now more important than ever
Find out how well informed your MSPs are about rewilding. Do they understand the value of fully functioning ecosystems and how this relates to the health of wider society? Do they support the return of species that many people think belong here? If not, why not?
If you use social media, these are all reasonable and valid questions but be measured and respectful in your communications and listen to points of view that may not coincide with yours. Nobody reacts positively to being told how to think.
WHAT IS IT WORTH TO YOU?
We want as many people as possible to have a copy of MeWilding. We know you will appreciate that books are expensive to write, illustrate and publish and we’re a not-for-profit company, so we’d like you to pay us something for MeWilding. However, we are not going to insist. We would like you to pay us what you feel it’s worth to you. You can pay us £5, you can pay us £10, you can pay us £30 - you decide.
We also offer a digital version so although there’s something really satisfying about the look and feel of a ‘real’ book and it’s something you can refer to without the use of a screen, the electronic version obviously uses no paper so already, you’re MeWilding!
We really hope you are inspired and remember, rewilding is not for someone else, it’s for everyone.