We want to create a wilder Europe by uniting young professionals and enthusiasts.
Through the creation of a network where members are provided with tools, we will empower them to become active players in the rewilding movement.
We aim to:
We know that wanting to help the environment can sometimes feel like a difficult and lonely task. That is why we want people to feel like they are part of one big family and have the support of others who just like them want to work with and help rewilding. We provide young rewilders with a platform where they can reach out, exchange experience and learn, together.
We already established a group on Facebook, now numbering more than 600 people and plan to organise numerous events where our members will be able to meet around the campfire, network or collaborate.
We want to empower young professionals and enthusiasts to become active players in the rewilding movement. We aim to provide them with the knowledge and skills they need to get involved by organizing online courses, lectures and events as well as by sharing our contacts and advice.
We believe this will help our members improve their career opportunities and better understand the concept of rewilding.
A central aim of our community is to popularize rewilding by sharing knowledge. We believe it is crucial to promote the concept of rewilding so that more people can learn about its importance for both people and nature’s well- being.
Having a large community of people who spread the word about rewilding can help raise awareness and support our mission to create a wilder Europe.
Our community is open to people from all backgrounds and fields. Everyone can connect and engage regardless of their educational, financial and cultural background, their gender, orientation, colour, nationality and age.
Yes, age! Although we are called the Young Rewilders and we want to empower young people, our community is also open to people who are simply ‘young’ in their rewilding path!
“The younger generation is increasingly demanding a different future, where people co-exist with nature and natural systems allow communities to prosper”
Supervisory board member at Rewilding Europe
Why is rewilding important?
Our ecosystems need to recover
We not only need to protect nature, we also need to restore it. Many ecosystems – the basis of our natural wealth – are broken. Rewilding offers a historical opportunity to recover them. Robust and connected ecosystems make us more resilient to impacts of climate change.
We need keystone species
These vital species, including top predators and large herbivores, drive ecological processes. Wildlife is now making a comeback in Europe, but numbers are still low. Rewilding will accelerate their recovery and restore important food chains and trophic cascades.
Wilder nature as an ally
Naturally functioning ecosystems are better at providing us with clean air and water, preventing flooding, storing carbon and helping us to adapt to climate change. Rewilding links ecology with modern economies, where wilder nature acts as an ally in solving modern socio-economic issues.
Rewilding boosts local economies where alternatives are scarce. We work towards situations where nature tourism flourishes and local people earn a fair living from nature-based enterprises. This will help revitalizing both rural and urban communities.
Wild places inspire people
Experiencing the thrill of wild nature reconnects people with our living planet. This improves health and wellbeing and builds a shared sense of humanity and pride, both on the countryside and in cities.
Nature’s ways are cost-effective
We believe that nature is fully capable of taking care of itself. This means letting natural processes shape our landscapes and ecosystems, instead of people actively managing that often requires high, recurrent costs. Self-regulating landscapes are more sustainable in the long run.