The biosphere creates the atmosphere and the atmosphere creates the biosphere. When we think about how to end the climate crisis, we rarely consider wildness as being integral. Swamps, beetles, elephants, penny bun fungi termite mounds, sand hill cranes and coral reefs fall under the rubric of biodiversity. In this way, we separate our personal well- being from the well-being of the living world in all its mystery and vastness. But we are not separate.
We damage our internal wildness when we take antibiotics, eat processed foods or over sterilize our living environment. We destroy our external wildness when we plough wetlands, set bait traps for wildlife, glyphosate our soil, overfish, acidify oceans, set fire to forests.