It's no secret that the world was once a place rich in biodiversity, where humans had little influence on its landscape. Or that since we started harvesting resources on a massive scale, there have been wide-scale extinctions and an ongoing destruction of wilderness to a point where, in some places, nature feels "unnatural". A new movement is trying to correct some of that: a movement called 'rewilding', or allowing landscapes to resume a natural state.
In a documentary called "Rewilding" for CBC Radio's Ideas that was a year in the making, I take look at how we got to the state we're in, and at rewilding efforts in Canada, one of the wildest places on the planet, as well as The Netherlands, where things have reached a critical point.
Those who know me will know that it's a topic that's close to my heart, and this has been a labour of love of which I've loved every second. I hope you enjoy it too. You can listen to it on my radio page, or via the CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/episodes/2014/11/24/rewilding/