There are few ideas for addressing climate change more alluring than rewilding: the idea that nature, gently supported at first and then left more or less alone, might be able to heal itself and save us from our planetary woes at once.
But even in such verdant visions of the future, the old question of politics – who benefits – refuses to disappear. In the UK, rewilding has become more and more the preserve of the rich and powerful. And yet radical communitarian projects and visions remain.
In this episode, Richard Hames goes in search of the rewilding’s radical promise – of a nature restored to be more than just another form of exclusion.
This episode complements Aaron Bastani’s interview on Novara FM with Drew Pendergrass and Troy Vettese about their book Half-Earth Socialism.