Your voice and your vote: Which rewilding project will you choose?
What is rewilding, and why is it important?
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Whilst terms such as conservation, biodiversity, and climate crisis are commonplace in our vocabulary today, rewilding is one term you may be less familiar with. Here, we explore this type of conservation and its purpose as well as giving you the opportunity to vote on a rewilding project for Unifrog to support.
What is rewilding?
Rewilding has one ultimate aim: to restore wild ecosystems which have been damaged by the effects of climate change. Rewilding efforts can take the form of reforesting, reintroducing species, and supporting ranger patrols in order to give nature the power to take care of itself in the long run.
Why is rewilding important?
Whilst it’s true that all conservation efforts can have great effects on the environment, rewilding, in particular, has a number of unique and positive impacts. Not only can it play an important role in offsetting the ever-increasing levels of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere, but it can also have significant social, economic, and ecological benefits. By rewilding the natural world, ecotourism (tourism intended to support conservation efforts) can flourish, flooding will be slowed, and it can provide the breeding ground for many missing species to be re-established.
Why are Unifrog involved?
Unifrog has partnered with Mossy Earth to help protect the environment through the process of rewilding, and we’d like your input! Read on to learn about the three projects Unifrog can support and then cast your vote to choose which project we help to fund (voting ended).
What else are Unifrog doing?
We’re dedicated to tackling climate change and mitigating our carbon footprint. As a company, we’re committed to reducing the energy we use, the amount we travel, and the waste we generate. For example, we make a conscious effort to choose renewable energy suppliers, encourage our team to take part in the cycle to work scheme, and recycle in the office wherever possible. We also recognise the importance of establishing a better relationship with the natural world and believe that the work carried out by Mossy Earth is a clear step in the right direction, which is why we’re excited to be working with them to achieve our goals.
How can you get involved? (Voting ended)
You now have the opportunity to support one of Mossy Earth’s fantastic projects. Check them out below, and vote on your favourite. Will you choose to help save the home of the Croatian baby dragon, build shelters for furry pine martens, or save three species of vulture?
1. Cave clean-up to protect Croatia’s dragon
The Dinaric arc is a network of underground rivers in Europe. Many of the life forms here don’t exist anywhere else, like the Croatian baby dragon. Over decades, people have been dumping waste into the caves, and now they require great attention. Supporting this project will help both humans and animals, as it will have a direct impact on biodiversity, and also stop further contamination of the water source used by many local people.
2. Building den boxes for pine martens in the UK
Pine martens were hunted to near extinction in Britain, partly because of their shiny fur coat. These animals build dens in hollow trees, which are unfortunately more uncommon now because of the way our woodlands are managed. It seems that these animals are making a comeback, as Shropshire is the first county in England to have the pine marten recolonise for over 100 years, but they still need our help. This project will focus on building artificial dens which mimic hollow trees, encouraging breeding and the new populations of pine martens.
3. Building a vulture restaurant in Namibia
Building a vulture restaurant will provide a reliable food source for three different species of vulture, all of which are locally extinct and globally endangered, partially due to the lack of wild prey for them to feed on. Through this urgently-needed project, we hope to encourage a committee of vultures to thrive once more.
It’s time to vote! (Voting ended)
Check out this form to place your vote. We’ll make sure that there are regular updates from us here at Unifrog, both on which project won and with video and photo updates from the project as it progresses!
As of August 2021, the results are in, and the project you’ve chosen to support is the cave clean-up project! Make sure to follow the progress of the project over on Instagram, and be sure to check out Mossy Earth’s page to get involved with more sustainable rewilding projects. This is just the start!
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Mossy Earth's Instagram Check out what Mossy Earth are doing in the rewilding space over on their Instagram.