Rewilding: How Wolves Radically Change Rivers

Posted on October 23, 2015 by Dr. Lynda

How do wolves radically change rivers? Why do whales change the composition of the atmosphere?

If there was ever a totally fun and inspiring TED Talk that speaks to everyone’s shared, best interest on the planet, this is the one.

If you’re a newcomer to EWC and you’ve never watched a TED Talk, give this one a try (if you’ve already discovered TED, this video might make your personal favorite list!).

image: Wolves and ravens
Source: BARRETT HEDGES

TED is a global platform for ideas worth spreading, and on their site (ted.com) you can get lost in their content and you will never look back. In our house we have 2 teenagers who have completely given up television for TED talks (on any subject under the sun) and a handful of podcasts that we will introduce you to here on EWC at some point in the future.

In any case, if you have 20 minutes to spare, this adventure into “Rewilding” is an extraordinary way to spend it.

George Monbiot takes us through a portal to an enchanted kingdom that could be our future and then finishes by bringing us an understanding of our particular role in a world of possibility.

Rewilding will bring you a story of hope.

Via: TED 1

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I have to tell you that we were amazed at how little information there was on the young rewilding movement on the Internet. In fact, we postponed publishing this article to get more information for our audience. Check out a good article, Should Britain be Rewilded with Wolves, Bears, and Beavers? You can also learn more about rewilding or George Monbiot via the following:

  • For more from George Monbiot, visit his website monbiot.com
  • To learn more about rewilding, go to monbiot.com/feral
  • Or check out Monbiot’s book Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea and Human Life on Amazon by clicking here

We also came across another book on the subject called Rewilding the World, but after that, the web seemed amazingly quiet on the topic. Let us know if you find more on this important window of possibility.Really! That’s how we work around here: we are a community, and I frequently dip back into articles to add or subtract after our community has brought there input to a piece.

Now I’m hoping this wasn’t your first TED Talk, but either way, you can quickly access some of our EWC favorites by clicking here. We feature a TED Talk a couple times each month, so we’ve developed a “category” for the ones that might seem to resonate with almost everyone.

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Want to see a list of our Top 25, Favorite TED Talks?

Click on this link to see our list of the very best of TED Talks and here’s the story of how I came up with this particular list:

Some of you know I’m the founder of everwideningcircles.com, but I am also a dentist. I once had a wonderful young patient (who I’d known since a toddler) contact me asking for some help. He had joined the army after high school and found himself sitting in Iraq with nothing positive on the horizon in any foreseeable direction and asked for some advice. I sent him a list of 18 TED Talks, curated in a very compelling order. I had arranged them so that his sense of wonder and hope might be ignited slowly and deeply.

Within a month, he had gone through them all and was sending me others he had discovered himself. He seemed bright as a glowing light bulb in a dark alley. If you know TED, you’ll know what I mean. TED is about a world of possibility.

Then when my brother was recovering badly from a hip surgery, I sent him the same list and he was drawn into the wonder of TED.com.

What if more people were watching these amazing talks and less were spending time on Facebook and reality shows?

Maybe we’d all share a better “reality.”

Take a look at some of the talk we recommend, and think about it!

Meanwhile, stay open, curious and hopeful yourself!

Next up?… Scrolll down to find 6 more articles that will make your day.

~ Dr. Lynda

“Ecological change may not always proceed in one direction.”
-George Moniot 2

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