It seems like December is a month for deep reflection on the past, present, and future. When I mention this to people they, too, seem to move in this direction, and it seems only natural to do so as many measure time by the passing of years.
There is no way in our complex, challenging, and truly magnificent world, that humans can be left out of solutions for improving the lives of other animals, although we are so often the cause for conflict with them and for trumping their interests in favor of ours.
No one can disagree that adding compassion and rewilding in any number of arenas are good ways to move into the future. So let's just do it and continue to do so forever. Our planet is wounded and tired and needs to be rekindled, and we humans hold the key to the future. It's that simple.