Like every year, the last plenary of the British Ecological Annual Meeting was all about the last '12 months in ecology' and this year was given by Helen Roy, ecologist at the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. What comes next, is a personal take on her inspiring talk, but you can read a little snippet from her here.
As we saw last Friday with the elections in the UK... it has happened again! I woke up and the same feeling I experienced in both June and November 2016 assaulted me (3 years later). My mind spinning with questions: is it true? How it is possible ? Are people just ‘stupid ‘?
But my biggest question now, after a few days, is : why was it so unexpected ? Could it be that algorithms , that are keeping me into my happy bubble of ecologists friends who want to change the state of things, are masking reality?
The British Ecological Society Annual meeting this year is in Belfast and has started with a very thought-sparking side event on rewilding chaired by journalist Ella McSweeney who did a wonderful job. You can follow the conversation and some insights on twitter following the #WildIreland.
Here, I will condense my thoughts (too many). I would like to start by giving you a definition of ‘rewilding’, especially for those that don’t feel familiar with the term. But, as it turns out, not only there is no definition but also, there is no agreement on what we actually mean by it. So, please bear with me...
As the name implies, rewilding means bringing back some state of wild. Which brings one big question to the table:
what is ‘wild’?
In the last few weeks I have maybe painted a dark grey picture of the world, with not so glossy climate scenarios. Add in the news of climate tipping points and it can be easy to think that the only thing left to do is to turn off the alarm in the morning and enjoy the warm bed because ‘does it really matter anymore’?
So I decided to look at the positives today. Blame the Christmas atmosphere and the crispy fresh air that moves some happy warmth inside me if you like ... so take this as my early Christmas present to you all, to calm some of that eco anxiety that might be (knowingly or not) loom at the back of your heads...
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