As a society, we need to see the landscape differently; we need to understand that centuries of use and misuse, has left Scotland as a nature-depleted country.
Rewilding is as much a change in mindset as it is a physical change to the land or sea. We are committed to inspiring fresh thinking and igniting new conversations around the potential of a rewilded Scotland, but we also recognise that for many people, perceiving the Scottish landscape differently isn’t an easy shift in thinking.
People’s values are complex and motivated by a variety of factors and for some, rewilding in Scotland is seen as a mechanism for creating a people-less wilderness. Building Bridges works to dispel the notion that Scotland has to choose between nature and people and that through creative collaboration, both can prosper equally.
Rewilding has come a long way in the last decade or so, but its future rests with people and their willingness to embrace change as an opportunity rather than a threat. Building Bridges seeks to cross traditional cultural boundaries and create new solutions.
Why is it important?
- Conversations around rewilding can be fractious, blocking pathways to consensus. Building knowledge, sharing stories and listening to different perspectives can help open these pathways.
- A narrative of despair and division rarely propels people into behavioural change. Instead we need to find common ground and unite around positive visions of new tomorrows.