When I often think about the challenges the environment faces, the solutions always feel like common sense. Yet I watch on as £millions is spent on research to find answers to what appears obvious to me. Could these £millions be spent on common sense solutions towards real action and real change? I am not saying research is not good, scientists more and more are proving common sense solutions. However as I read once again that millions of bees die from a field of crops next door that have used pesticides, is the solution to this problem really not common sense?
At the same time I do understand why this is happening. Our species, humans, have become so disconnected from nature that many cannot feel the consequence of species and habitat loss. When we cannot feel what is happening, we do not change our behaviour. Even if scientists shout louder and louder that pesticides need to be banned, consumers are still buying the products with these chemicals in. Overlay this with the fact that the systems we operate in are so complex and mental health problems are on the increase, what may seem obvious, is not so easy to solve. We really can only change as quickly as each individual feels nature and then from this place is willing to change their lifestyle and buying decisions. Consumers can shape the world they wish to live in.
Anyway, one could discuss these types of topics for awhile. What is really exciting for me is that a book called 'Wilding' addresses many of these topics with proven evidence of the way out of our environmental madness. The author, Isabella Tree, is owner of the rewilding project Knepp Estate. Knepp was once an intensive agricultural farm that used pesticides and where much of its biodiversity had been lost. Isabella describes with utter clarity, that when nature leads and natural processes are given time to re-establish themselves, the ability for land to heal itself is incredibly fast. Soon species, once lost from the farm and with dangerously low numbers across the rest of the UK, have begun to thrive at Knepp Estate. Species after species increasing in number, with evidence documented year after year.
This is a must read for anyone passionate about the environment, farmers who need to look at new business models, for policy makers to act quicker and for all land owners to inspire action. All we need to do it just relearn and observe nature's intelligence and intervene with sensitivity following examples like Knepp Estate.
Thank you for bravely leading the way Knepp Estate.
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