What is Rewilding anyways?
Rewilding is an approach to building more ecologically balanced cities. It considers ecosystems that were in place before urbanization and aims to replace what was lost, specifically: permeable surfaces, native vegetation, and natural waterways. The many benefits of rewilding include minimizing climate change effects, improving water quality, increasing biodiversity and contributing to the well-being of urban-dwellers.
Rewild Vancouver aims to bring citizens together to learn about Vancouver’s natural history and build support for rewilding practices.
Michelle Pollard, Founder
Growing up camping, canoeing and fishing all over Canada with her family, Michelle learned the value of nature at a very young age. As a young adult her move from the suburbs to the city taught her the value urban living particularly with regard to how it minimized her ecological footprint. Merging these values, Michelle envisions cities of the future as resilient and thriving habitats for all species and aspires to reintegrate nature within the urban landscape. She believes that through re-wilding and ecosystem-based planning this can be achieved. Her aim is to transform communities by educating and building awareness of these practices.
Michelle has Masters degree in Environmental Studies specializing in planning and design for sustainability.