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Rewilding Earth podcast is produced by The Rewilding Institute. Our guests range from activists to scientists to wildlands stewards and policy makers with whom we discuss wilderness recovery, species reintroduction, wildlands connectivity, and important work on the ground to restore wild nature to as much of the Earth as possible. Rewilding's mission is to develop and promote the ideas and strategies to advance continental-scale conservation in North America and beyond, particularly the need for large carnivores and a permeable landscape for their movement, and to offer a bold, scientifically-credible, practically achievable, and hopeful vision for the future of wild Nature and human civilization.

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Rewilding Earth podcast is produced by The Rewilding Institute. Our guests range from activists to scientists to wildlands stewards and policy makers with whom we discuss wilderness recovery, species reintroduction, wildlands connectivity, and important work on the ground to restore wild nature to as much of the Earth as possible. Rewilding's mission is to develop and promote the ideas and strategies to advance continental-scale conservation in North America and beyond, particularly the need for large carnivores and a permeable landscape for their movement, and to offer a bold, scientifically-credible, practically achievable, and hopeful vision for the future of wild Nature and human civilization.

    Episode 77: Prepping The Next Generation For The Challenge To Rewild Half The Planet

    Episode 77: Prepping The Next Generation For The Challenge To Rewild Half The Planet

    About Dennis

    A nationally recognized expert in science education, Dennis directed the production of educational media at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for 20 years before joining the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation in 2019 as Vice President of Education. He works with scientists, educators, graphic designers, animators, filmmakers, and students to design experiences to have lasting impact on learners. The Half-Earth Project Educator Ambassador Program aims to build a high impact community of educators devoted to infusing biodiversity and conservation thinking across the curriculum. Dennis has a particular passion for meeting audiences where they are to pull them into science thinking and has been an advisor on numerous museum exhibits and community science programs. He studied zoology at the University of Wisconsin, earned a Ph.D. from University of Oregon, and was faculty at the University of Washington.

    Topics



    * Challenges and opportunities in enriching conservation education in America and beyond

    * Working with teachers to provide conservation education in an “industrial education” system

    * Rewilding the Heartland: engaging and captivating the minds of the next generation in farming towns throughout the upper Mississippi watershed

    * What does Half-Earth mean in places like Iowa from a farming community kid’s perspective?



    Extra Credit

    Check out the Half-Earth Map to see the three critical types of information we need to start making the most effective conservation decisions. The map is for policy makers, conservation managers, educators, students, and anyone who’s curious about our world. Besides giving us a view of the state of biodiversity at home and across the world, mapping digital data is a critical new skill for students.

    This article from Psychology Today frames the importance of Biodiversity and Conservation themes in education

    This partial list of Half-Earth Project educational resources shows examples of some of the material that teachers are discussing and using with their students as part of the Half-Earth Educator Ambassador community. We offer in-depth lesson sequences such as the Half-Earth Map Design Challenge, but also NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards)

    This major new multi-lesson unit guides students in their own biodiversity inquiries using some of the best digital resources available and focuses on hummingbirds because they are familiar, beautiful, and diverse.

    This recent blogpost shows how we organize our educational materials by themes that can be refreshed and updated continuously. Here, we emphasize videos that introduce teachers and students to the amazing biodiversity in Alabama, the environmentally challenged home state of E.O. Wilson.

    Everyone is welcome, but we particularly hope for educators to sign up to be a Half-Earth Project Ambassador. You can become as involved as works best for you. At the very least, keep up with us by getting our mostly bi-monthly newsletter.

    Half-Earth Facebook group

    Consider taking the Half-Earth Pledge

    Visit the Foundation website to learn more about biodiversity and the ideas of E.O. Wilson.

    About Dennis

    • 33 min
    Episode 76: American Prairie Reserve – Big Rewilding On America’s Northern Great Plains

    Episode 76: American Prairie Reserve – Big Rewilding On America’s Northern Great Plains

    About Dr. Kinka

    Dr. Daniel Kinka is American Prairie Reserve’s Wildlife Restoration Manager. His primary responsibilities include restoring and monitoring wildlife on the Reserve and managing the wildlife-friendly ranching program “Wild Sky.” He also acts as a liaison to scientists conducting research at American Prairie, other non-governmental organizations, agencies, and other external entities. He joined American Prairie in 2018, shortly after completing his doctoral degree in ecology at Utah State University. In graduate school, he studied the use of livestock guardian dogs to promote coexistence between large North American carnivores and ranchers. Originally from Florida and the Washington DC area, Daniel has enjoyed living “out west” since 2010. In addition to restoration ecology and applied science, Daniel harbors a deep passion for science communication, having worked as a science reporter for Utah Public Radio, publishing in High Country News, and serving as a National Geographic Society Fellow.

    Topics



    * What is the American Prairie Reserve?

    * Scope of the project (current size and planned)

    * Wildlands restoration on the Northern Great Plains

    * Wildlife of the American Prairie Reserve

    * Working on a human landscape to restore and protect wild nature





    Extra Credit

    Visit: American Prairie Reserve

    Article: Tribes Begin Five-Year Swift Fox Reintroduction at Fort Belknap

    Watch: “This Is American Prairie Reserve”





     

    • 35 min
    Episode 75: Passing America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act

    Episode 75: Passing America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act

    About

    Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance’s Terri Martin, Intermountain West Organizer, Clayton Daughenbaugh, Organizing Director & Midwest Field Organizer, and Rewilding’s Wildlands Coordinator Kim Crumbo discuss the opportunity to make a huge impact in the 30×30 effort by finally passing America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act.



    New peer reviewed research shows that America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act also makes a significant contribution to mitigating climate change. Protecting these wild landscapes would keep a significant amount of fossil fuels in the ground, accounting for 5.7 percent of the carbon mitigation needed to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Additionally, scientists estimate that the lands proposed for protection currently sequester and store 247 million metric tons of organic carbon in plants and soils. Designating these lands as wilderness would even help preserve flows in the Colorado River (the lifeblood of the arid Southwest) by preventing surface-disturbing activities that cause windborne dust to coat Colorado snowpack, melting it faster and earlier.

    All lands proposed for wilderness designation in America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act are owned by the American public and administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The bill is supported by SUWA, Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Wasatch Mountain Club, and more than 200 other national and regional conservation organizations belonging to the Utah Wilderness Coalition.

    Topics



    * Mitigating climate crisis by protecting lands and keeping fossil fuels in Southern Utah in the ground

    * The impact that such a large wilderness bill can have on 30×30 and protecting biodiversity in North America

    * What you can do to ensure the passage of America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act



    Extra Credit

    Take action and let your congressperson know how important America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act is to you!

    Read: America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act: Moving America Closer to 30×30 and Enhancing Wildlife Connectivity

    About

    Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance’s Terri Martin, Intermountain West Organizer, Clayton Daughenbaugh, Organizing Director & Midwest Field Organizer, and Rewilding’s Wildlands Coordinator Kim Crumbo discuss the opportunity to make a huge impact in the 30×30 effort by finally passing America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act.



    New peer reviewed research shows that America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act also makes a significant contribution to mitigating climate change. Protecting these wild landscapes would keep a significant amount of fossil fuels in the ground, accounting for 5.7 percent of the carbon mitigation needed to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Additionally, scientists estimate that the lands proposed for protection currently sequester and store 247 million metric tons of organic carbon in plants and soils. Designating these lands as wilderness would even help preserve flows in the Colorado River (the lifeblood of the arid Southwest) by preventing surface-disturbing activities that cause windborne dust to coat Colorado snowpack, melting it faster and earlier.

    All lands proposed for wilderness designation in America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act are owned by the American public and administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The bill is supported by SUWA, Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Wasatch Mountain Club, and more than 200 other national and regional conservation organizations belonging to the Utah Wilderness Coalition.

    Topics



    * Mitigating climate crisis by protecting lands and keeping fossil fuels in Southern Utah in the ground

    * The impact that such a large wilderness bill can ...

    • 36 min
    The Role of B Corporations In Conservation And Communities With Keith Bowers

    The Role of B Corporations In Conservation And Communities With Keith Bowers

    About Keith

    In the early 1980s, an outdoorsy, nature-loving undergrad named Keith Bowers had an epiphany. Keith had been studying landscape architecture at the University of Virginia when he met Ed Garbisch, a pioneering practitioner of marsh restoration along the Chesapeake Bay.

    “Wait a minute,” thought Keith. “I can apply my education to restoring the places I love?”

    After graduating in 1982, Keith started Biohabitats, an ecological restoration company. 36 years later, with a mission to “restore the earth and inspire ecological stewardship,” Biohabitats has become one of the most recognized names in ecological restoration and conservation.

    Topics



    * Why conservationists need to work more tightly with companies to achieve the lofty goals ahead.

    * What is a B Corporation or “B-Corp?”

    * Why we can’t wait for regulations to force businesses to do the right thing.

    * How to be a profitable while giving back to the planet, workers, and communities.

    * Environment, people, and business as “nested” pieces of a whole, rather than business as usual.



    Extra Credit



    Benefit Corporations – A benefit corporation is a legal tool to create a solid foundation for long term mission alignment and value creation.

    B-Corps (Biohabitats B-Corps score) – Certified B Corporations are a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit. They are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. This is a community of leaders, driving a global movement of people using business as a force for good.

    * 1% for the Planet (Biohabitats) – 1% for the Planet is a global movement inspiring businesses and individuals to support environmental solutions through annual memberships and everyday actions.

    JUST – Just is a nutrition label for socially just and equitable organizations.

    Biohabitats 2019 Annual Benefit Report – The annual benefit report is the backbone of a benefit corporation,

    • 46 min
    Episode 73: Rewilding In Namibia with Carey Peterson

    Episode 73: Rewilding In Namibia with Carey Peterson

    About

    Carey Peterson is a professional writer, editor and conservationist. She is co-author, with friend and former husband Robert Glenn Ketchum, of The Tongass: Alaska’s Vanishing Rainforest, published by Aperture. In addition to many local conservation initiatives in the various places she has lived, including New York, Hawaii, California, and Washington State, she served as development director for Rod Jackson and Darla Hillard at The Snow Leopard Conservancy. She has traveled through all 50 states, and much of China, Japan, Europe, Central America, and Africa. She is currently a Managing Director of the Solitaire Land Trust in Namibia, a habitat and migration corridor restoration project and has lived on the edge of the Namib Desert for the past 9 years.

    Topics



    * Letting Namibia rewild itself

    * How fencing challenges wildlife movement and the ongoing work to remove fences and save wild lives

    * The importance of private landowners being able to connect to national international databases and tracking soil, species, rainfall, and other metrics for operations under 100,000 acres

    * What kills more wildlife than poaching?

    * The impacts of cattle grazing in Namibia

    * What it’s like to be trapped on the wrong side of a fast-moving wildfire

    * Water issues challenge rewilding Namibia

    * Human wildlife conflict in Namibia



    Extra Credit

    Visit and support Solitaire Land Trust

    Reading

    Read Carey’s article here on Rewilding.org: Solitaire Land Trust – A Contribution to Rewilding Namibia

    Biodiversity and the need for refuge



    * Biodiversity, climate change, and mass extinctions

    * Mammals Going Nocturnal to Avoid Humans

    * Vultures in Africa



    Connectivity, fences and migration



    * Wildebeast Faces Extinction

    * How Bison Create Spring





    Connectivity_CLLC_and_partners from The Center on Vimeo.

    The colonial origins of a fenced-off Southern Africa

    Caught between a Rock and a Hyrax: Consequences of Vermin Control in Namibia



    wild oryx, Namibia from carey peterson on Vimeo.

    30 x 30: where will the money come from?



    * Restoring Farmland Could Drastically Slow Extinctions, Fight Climate Change

    * The World’s Banks M...

    • 43 min
    Episode 72: Rewilding Tasmania’s Lake Pedder with Christine Milne

    Episode 72: Rewilding Tasmania’s Lake Pedder with Christine Milne

    About

    Former Vice President of IUCN, former leader of the Australian Green Party and current Global Greens Ambassador, Christine Milne took up the role of Co-Convenor of the Lake Pedder Restoration Committee in the lead up the United Nations Decade of Ecological Restoration (2021-2030) to campaign for an agreement (by the summer of 2021-22) to restore Lake Pedder and surrounding environs.

    Topics



    * The history of Lake Pedder

    * The future of Lake Pedder

    * Tasmania’s conservation leadership: a history of success and long fights for the rights of nature

    * How you can help restore Lake Pedder and bring attention to this globally significant Rewilding project



    Extra Credit

    Visit: Restore Lake Pedder

    Read: “An Activist Life” by Christine Milne

    Watch: 1971 – A Last Look At Lake Pedder Before Flooding



    Rewilding Tasmania’s Finest Lake



    About

    Former Vice President of IUCN, former leader of the Australian Green Party and current Global Greens Ambassador, Christine Milne took up the role of Co-Convenor of the Lake Pedder Restoration Committee in the lead up the United Nations Decade of Ecological Restoration (2021-2030) to campaign for an agreement (by the summer of 2021-22) to restore Lake Pedder and surrounding environs.

    Topics



    * The history of Lake Pedder

    * The future of Lake Pedder

    * Tasmania’s conservation leadership: a history of success and long fights for the rights of nature

    * How you can help restore Lake Pedder and bring attention to this globally significant Rewilding project



    Extra Credit

    Visit: Restore Lake Pedder

    Read: “An Activist Life” by Christine Milne

    Watch: 1971 – A Last Look At Lake Pedder Before Flooding



    Rewilding Tasmania’s Finest Lake

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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33 Ratings

33 Ratings

wet desert ,

Excellent Wilderness Cast & Host

There aren't a lot of wilderness experts & serious advocates out there anymore beyond the hashtag wannabes. Adam, his guests & this cast are seemngly the last of them (along with Rewilding Earth). I wish there was a Wild Earth style publication I could flip thru for these but the audio version can be listened to over & over too. Good stuff

Frankie Ravs ,

Rewilding Successes

This podcast juxtaposes the reality of the world’s ever-developing state with rewilding successes around the world. We need more habitat connectivity and more of of these episodes in this world!

ungerling ,

My new favorite podcast

I love that this podcast focuses on rewilding efforts big and small. In America we tend to focus on conservation efforts out West. One of my favorite podcasts so far was the one done in Ohio. You don’t have to live in California to be a conservationist; small efforts add up. I thought I knew a lot about conservation, but this podcast has already taught me a lot. Now there are more places I want to visit starting with the Ark of Appalachia!

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