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What is REWILDING?
Well, that depends on who you ask. The word has several meanings: sometimes it's used to describe the process of reintroducing native species of plants or animals to a particular place, from where they may have previously been eradicated; sometimes rewilding is used to describe the process of humans reconnecting with small-scale, bioregionally-specific, regenerative ways of living on a personal level. The term is being contemporarily defined in an ongoing process by conservationists, educators, activists and others around the world. If rewilding is not fully the process of undoing and reversing domestication, then it is at least, fundamentally, a process of reconnecting with uncivilized human life ways. Most basically, ecologically, rewilding is the process of encouraging, allowing or otherwise assisting natural regenerative growth patterns on the land.
Regardless, there is fathomless wisdom in our species' wild, expansive ancestry, and in the act of trusting the power of natural systems on planet Earth to sustain thriving life. Modernity, certainly, has made considerable developments in attempts to streamline specific systems, and yet, ultimately, evolution's wisdom is evident in the utility of wildness: even now, cutting-edge theories like permaculture and biodynamics attempt to steer us back to nature. Rewilding, then, may be understood as the process of making humans or land more wild, and also as an umbrella term covering other other place-based movements.
Rewilding must be, in part, a process of reconnecting to each other. All of our youth and adult programs are designed to create a container in which community can safely grow among participants. Our classes and workshops are purposefully informal and egalitarian; our focus is to facilitate collective educational praxis in order to work together, support each other and deepen connections. We believe that removing invasive species, planting native plants, facilitating place-based craft classes, food-systems and earth-focused workshops, skill-shares, regenerative foraging, making useful things, and practicing open and honest communication may synthesize rewilding into some practical action. A bit.
Rewild Maine is an educational 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in what is now known as Portland, Maine.
Non-discrimination, Anti-racism and decolonization statement
"Maine" is the name given by European colonists to this land, which had been the traditional territory of Wabanki peoples for at least twelve thousand years. Rewilding is concerned with accountability and historical wisdom; we will acknowledge the complex colonial history of this land. Inequality is a product of industrialism, which has always been exploitative; rewilding is inherently, partly, a social justice movement. Rewild Maine exists in support of First Nations peoples, and works to decolonize and repair the harm done by colonialism. Since civilization is always racist, rewilding must be an anti-racist movement. Our goal is for a collective, inclusive, ongoing conversation, which must take responsibility for the historical past of this land in order to accept the present, and begin to visualize a healthier and more wild future.
Imperative to rewilding is the acknowledgement of the history of Western, industrialized, "civilized" culture as one of violent, global colonialism and white supremacy. The culture that is shared by all global colonists is called industrial civilization. Industrial civilizations, as opposed to small-scale, place-based tribes, clans, bands, groups, villages, and settlements, are and have always historically been exploitative, destructive, and racist; as civilizations spread from their provenance across the planet, wildness, biodiversity, ecological health, and the healthy of humanity are always reduced, and traditional ecological knowledge and regenerative ways of being have historically been all but erased. The culture that is shared by all supremacist colonists is called civilization, and rewilding is an intrinsic part of its dismantlement.
Historically, all civilizations have employed various psychological compartmentalizations to dehumanize its subjects, victims, and slaves. Dehumanization on the basis of race, sexuality, sex and gender is a tactic historically shared by colonists across the world. Most recently, white supremacy has shaped and perpetuated the growth of the conjoined civilizations that currently dominate the world, and historically, supremacist ideologies have been employed in the absence of any concept of whiteness.
Racism, sexism, and all other forms of dehumanizing discrimination against individuals are necessary tactics that must be employed by [inherently racist and exploitative] industrial civilizations in order to function. Rewilding is, most greatly, the process of undoing the damage done by industrial civilizations and supporting the growth and reemergence of regenerative, place-based ways of interacting with the land, and each other.
Therefore, of course, but very clearly, again and again, and not for nothing, Rewild Maine does not and shall not ever discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, clients, volunteers, and community members.
Rewilding is inherently anti-colonial, and in fact must take responsibility for the affects of colonization. Rewild Maine stands in opposition to all forms of racist discrimination; we are aware, true tolerance requires intolerance of intolerance.
This is an attempt to contribute to the work of addressing problems wrought on the natural world and uncivilized people by the leviathan of [European] civilized empire. How can we begin to address and possibly heal the damage caused by colonization? What actions may we take, individually and collectively, to claim responsibility for our own existence, and also for others? Where can we go from here? These are important questions and Rewild Maine is committed to sitting inside of them. We all need deep healing; we all can always learn more and we all benefit from further connection to nature.
We welcome feedback and any contribution anyone may have to share.