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From the top of the food chain down: Rewilding our world - George Monbiot


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Our planet was once populated by megafauna, big top-of-the-food-chain predators that played their part in balancing our ecosystems. When those megafauna disappear, the result is a "trophic cascade," where every part of the ecosystem reacts to the loss. How can we stay in balance? George Monbiot suggests rewilding: putting wolves, lions and other predators back on top -- with surprising results.

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George Monbiot wrote a book that expounds upon his ideas of rewilding. Check it out here: Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea, and Human Life.
If you'd like to know more about rewilding, specifically in North America, check out Rewilding North America, by Dave Foreman or visit Dave's website here.
Callum Roberts is a marine conservation biologist, oceanographer, author, research scholar at the University of York, England. His work examines the impact of human activity on marine ecosystems, particularly coral reefs. To learn more about his research, check out his book, The Unnatural History of the Sea.
Be sure to check out George Monbiot's website:
Wolves were once native to the US' Yellowstone National Park — until hunting wiped them out. But when, in 1995, the wolves began to come back (thanks to an aggressive management program), something interesting happened: the rest of the park began to find a new, more healthful balance. In a bold thought experiment, George Monbiot imagines a wilder world in which humans work to restore the complex, lost natural food chains that once surrounded us.

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