Re:wild Your Life

It’s time to break away from the myth that the wild is something exotic that exists somewhere else. It isn’t. We are all wild things caught at the intersection of an environmental crisis with three heads: climate change, biodiversity loss, and disease.

The wild is the most effective solution to these interconnected crises. By working together, we can protect and restore our planet. Is there a better place to start than in our own lives?

Re:wild Your Life is a resource to help you take the first step on your rewilding journey. We don’t need to reinvent the planet. We need to rewild it. 

It’s not going to be easy, nor quick, nor always straightforward. But it will be rewarding.

Let’s get started.

Photo by Robin Moore

Love the wild around you.

Learn more about your local environment, because the more you know about where you live and the history of the land that supports you and the people who lived there before you, the more connected you will feel to the wild where you ALREADY are. 

  • Stop, drop and listen. (There’s a saying we like that points out we have two ears and one mouth for a reason ;-) What do you hear? What do you want to hear? And if you are unable to hear, find a window to take a beat and take in what you see. What do you see? What would you like to see?

  • Learn the species names of the trees (or plants, or bugs, or birds, you get the drift) in your neighborhood, because they’re your neighbors. Find something magical (or the magic in everyday things)!

  • And speaking of neighbors, do you know yours? Maybe it’s time you did. People need people and your neighbor may need you.

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Native plant restoration at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area’s Rancho Sierra Vista Yerba Mansa wetlands (photo by Connar L'Ecuyer)

Studies have shown that houseplants make you healthier – as well as more productive and better able to concentrate.

Gardening outdoors has even more benefits. Indoor or outdoor, spending some time with plants is a GREAT way to rewild the self, but there’s more to planting wildly than meets the eye.  

#DYK? Native vs Invasive Species 

Plants native to an ecosystem are adapted to the land and have built symbiotic relationships with other plants and wildlife in their ecosystem, sometimes over thousands of years. 

Invasive plants are new plants introduced to ecosystems by an outside source. They are often harmful to native plants and destructive to ecosystems. By learning more about and nurturing plant species native to the wild where you live, you can help protect and restore it.

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Photo by Lisovskaya Natalia

Every day, rainforests are cut down to create space for more livestock and the crops that feed them. 

By harnessing the power of plants and fungi to rewild your diet, you can reduce demand for meat from livestock, help protect forests AND restore the wild. Eating more plants is the best thing you can do to help protect the wild that’s left and restore the rest. 

Step 1: Let the wild rule your fridge.

Stock up on your favorite fruits, veggies and mushrooms. 

Step 2: Put your health first.

Say goodbye to high cholesterol and indigestion, and hellooooo fiber. Prepare to be regular — the way Mother Nature intended. 

Step 3: Tuber? I hardly know her. 

Learn more about the plant-based options available to you. There’s a whole WORLD of greens and roots and fungi out there. We challenge you to expand your cooking skills (and have some people who can help you listed below).

Step 4: Think Local

Do you know where your avocados come from? Are those cherries in season where you live? Try to buy and shop local as much as you’re able. 

Step 5:  Rinse & Repeat 

Help the wild recover, protect rainforests and reduce global meat demand by repeating steps 1 - 5. PS: don’t forget to rinse your veggies. 

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Photo by Bahamas National Trust

People need people, and people need the wild.

In a digital age where many of us spend most of our time connecting through screens and keyboards, going out into the world and participating in your community is an act of rewilding. When we connect directly with other people, face to face, we’re reconnecting with our own biology. 

You do not need permission from anyone else to become an advocate for environmental and social justice; use your voice to rally other people to the cause, but remember that the conversation is always changing and evolving, just like the wild.

We know you can’t fix it all. We can’t fix it all. Systemic change across various sectors needs to happen. But your voice and your actions still matter.

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Photo by Arek Adeoye

The stuff of life is unavoidable, but we can protect and restore the wild by becoming wiser consumers.

Re:wild swaps helps you consume less and reduce waste with tips and tricks for rewilding your lifestyle.

Pick three things that you could change in your life this week and do them. Here are some ideas to get started:

  • Can you walk to where you need to go? Set that alarm an hour earlier and get to it! Fossil fuels are incredibly damaging to our environment and our lives. And for extra credit, pick up some trash along the way.

  • Been thinking about composting but find it intimidating? Here are some ways to get started – no matter what kind of space you live in.

  • Water is life. And water is precious. Do you know where yours comes from? Here is your homework assignment: find out! It matters.

Maybe the best place to start is by swapping fear, anxiety and dread for determination, hope and aspiration. The movement to protect and restore the wild is a difficult one, but we cannot afford to give up. Remember – we hear all the bad news, and it’s overwhelming! But what doesn’t make the news is that stranger who smiled at you today, that friend who helped you out, that kid who discovered a worm for the first time. There’s a lot of good in the world. Make sure you’re looking out for that as much (if not more than) the bad. 

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