Why We Rewild: World Rewilding Day highlights climate benefits

March 15, 2022

World Rewilding Day is about celebrating rewilding and inspiring people and organisations across the globe to become involved in nature recovery. This year’s event calls for the scaling up of rewilding as a nature-based climate solution.

The restoration of wildlife populations is essential if we are to address climate change and keep global warming to an absolute minimum.


A global celebration

Last year the first-ever World Rewilding Day was launched on March 20. Organised by the Global Rewilding Alliance (GRA), it raised awareness of rewilding and the need for nature recovery around the globe, inspiring huge numbers of people and organisations to support and participate in practical rewilding.

This year rewilding initiatives from six continents will again join forces on March 20, as the second World Rewilding Day calls for the restoration of wildlife populations to address climate change and keep global warming to an absolute minimum. Rewilding Europe is a proud GRA partner and World Rewilding Day supporter, representing many other rewilding initiatives working to restore our beautiful European continent.


Apennine village of Rosciolo dei Marsi in western Abruzzo. Central Apennines, Italy. Oct 2012
 A proud partner of the GRA, Rewilding Europe represents many other rewilding initiatives working to restore our beautiful European continent.
Bruno D'Amicis/Rewilding Europe


Rewilding: keeping 1.5 alive

The historic 2016 Paris Agreement saw almost all of the world’s nations commit to efforts to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5°C, which will minimise the risk of extreme climate-related effects. These efforts are currently focused on eliminating carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, through measures such as renewable energy development and electrification.

Yet even if such efforts are completely successful, they will not be enough to achieve the 1.5°C target. This is because there is already too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which now needs to be removed and stored in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments. Scientific research has shown that allowing and enabling wildlife populations to recover to significant, near historic levels has the potential to hugely scale up this process, thereby keeping global warming below the critical 1.5oC threshold. This science is called: “Animating the Carbon Cycle“.

“By greatly enhancing the ability of ecosystems to absorb and store carbon, the animation of the carbon cycle presents us with a unique opportunity to address the climate emergency and meet the 1.5oC target,” says Vance Martin, President of the WILD Foundation (the founding partner of the GRA). “To ensure the full range of benefits that such animation offers are realised, we urgently need to scale up restoration and rewilding on a global scale.”


Animating the Carbon Cycle: the relationship between rewilding and climate explained.



Over the last 10 years, Rewilding Europe has demonstrated the beneficial impact of rewilding on climate change across the portfolio of rewilding landscapes where we operate, albeit on a very local level. As wild nature continues to recover in these landscapes, the scale of this impact is likely to increase.

In the run-up to World Rewilding Day, every one of our local rewilding teams will share a video from their rewilding landscape, showing #WhyWeRewild. The teams will present their actions on the ground, such as wetland restoration and wildlife comeback, which contribute to healthier landscapes and ecosystems that are better able to absorb and store carbon, thereby helping to address the climate emergency. The first video, from the Oder Delta rewilding team, was posted on March 13, and the second, from the Central Apennines team, was posted on March 14. Please check these out and keep your eyes peeled for the rest of the series!


Rewilding Training for Tourism field trip in the Central Apennines.
From individual citizens to big businesses, everyone can become part of the burgeoning rewilding movement.
Bruno D'Amicis / Rewilding Europe
World Rewilding Day Excursion Velebit Mountains World Rewilding Day
The Rewilding Velebit team take students of a local school into the field on a special World Rewilding Day excursion.


How can you support rewilding?

There has never been a better time to get involved with rewilding. Everyone – from individual citizens to big businesses – can play a role and become part of the burgeoning rewilding movement. Our generation has the opportunity to be the first in human history to upgrade rather than downgrade European nature, both in terms of quality and quantity.


Get involved


We wish everyone a great World Rewilding Day!


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