The Fenrir Project

The Fenrir Project is a long-term mission to make our world a wilder place. The evidences for the decline in biodiversity and the alteration of natural processes by human activities are clear and appalling. It is about time to hand the world back over to nature and let her decide what to do with it and where to go from here. We must suppress our will for control over the environment to bend it to our needs. Too long have we been talking about the human stewardship of nature and ecosystem services that only seem to exist to serve humanity. We have completely forgotten that we are part of nature, not its sovereign.

Nature does not need humans to survive…we have only evolved a blink of an eye ago. Our survival, however, is highly dependent on what nature provides us with. 99.9% of all species that have ever existed on Earth went extinct over the last billions of years. What tells us that we will not be one of them? Our technological advances? Our higher consciousness and perception of this world? Mankind’s fate remains to be revealed. Until it will, we should use our time wisely and increase our understanding of the natural world, knowledge that is certainly far away from being complete.

This website serves as a place to contribute to this understanding. It exists to mobilise and motivate people, to shock and surprise them, to make some happy (and others very angry), to encourage them to join the discussion and think critically. The collection of articles are personal opinions of the author, underpinned by facts. They do not claim universality but rather controversy and should be considered a foundation for further thoughts. Although focussed on rewilding and ecology, the Fenrir Project goes beyond these topics to cover all human aspects where nature is or should be the determining factor in the equation.

Fenrir is deceived by the gods and put in chains. As a revenge, he bites off Týr's hand.
Fenrir is deceived by the gods and put in chains. As a revenge, he bites off Týr’s hand.

So, who is Fenrir? Fenrir is an important figure in the Norse legend, a giant wolf and son of god Loki. Living in Asgard and raised by the gods, a prophesy foretells that when Ragnarök comes, the end of this world, Fenrir will turn against his carers and kill god father Odin. As Fenrir grew bigger, posing a real threat to the gods, Odin deceives him and puts Fenrir in magical chains where he should live in eternity. During Ragnarök, however, Fenrir will break his chains and fulfill the prophesy, and the world will be flooded and emerge back from the water new and fertile, ready to be recolonised.

What has Fenrir to do with rewilding, you ask? Well, is it not a great metaphor?! The human-like gods, living peacefully together with the wild beast in the beginning, experience a change of mind to stay in control. They tie him up, so Fenrir has no other option than to submit to their will.  Does that not sound familiar? Are we not doing the same to nature as the gods did to Fenrir? The only reason the gods keep Fenrir alive is the fact that he, a son of Loki, is a member of the family, after all. Are we not part of nature’s bloodline? Ultimately, Fenrir is going to strike back, the old world dies and gives way to a new one. It all seems to be the perfect description of our relationship with nature. Maybe, however, we should add a little twist to the end of the story: Instead of bringing about the end of the world, why not release Fenrir from his dungeon and revert back to where the legend started: Mankind and nature living in a mutualistic connection with each other. The Fenrir Project will hopefully contribute to this twist.

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