The rewilding paradox

A world free of human domination

Rewilding is an increasingly important part of environmental policy today, as a tool to mitigate climate change and increase biodiversity. However, Eric Katz argues that the policy is built on a paradox. While attempting to create “wilderness” free from human intervention, rewilding inevitably subjects nature to human domination, of both its physical processes and its meaning.   



Over the past few decades, the practice of rewilding has gained widespread popularity in the environmental movement. There are now countless rewilding projects, both small and large-scale, across the globe; and the UN recently called for the world to rewild and restore around 1 billion hectares of land to increase the biodiversity of natural systems and to further policies that mitigate climate change.

What could be wrong with an environmental policy that attempts to heal the natural world? As a philosopher who focuses on environmental issues, I find that rewild

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