Peter Bauer (aka Urban Scout) is a multi-disciplinary artist and environmental educator. He is a performance artist, writer, filmmaker, photographer, designer, musician and basket maker. Born in Portland, Oregon, his family has lived in N.E. Portland for 5 generations. At 16 he proudly dropped out of high school to begin his life-long unschooled journey of rewilding. He keeps a popular blog about rewilding (www.urbanscout.org) and created a popular international internet forum and wiki (www.rewild.info) for fellow people-who-rewild. Locally, Urban Scout has been an environmental educator with Cascadia Wild, Friends of Tryon Creek, Audubon Society, TrackersNW and has his own non-profit company called Rewild Portland that he founded at age 19. He has received both local press in the The Oregonian, Portland Mercury, Willamette Week, national press in ReadyMade Magazine and international press in Positive Living Magazine (UK) and Chain Reaction (AU).
Rewild or Die is a collection of essays written by Urban Scout exploring the philosophy of the emerging rewilding renaissance, in which civilized humans are thought to be "domesticated" through thousands of years of sedentary, agrarian life. This way of life is believed to be the root of all environmental destruction and social injustice. Rewilding is the process of un-doing this domestication, and restoring healthy, biologically diverse communities. Using thoughtful, humorously cynical and at times angry prose, Urban Scout explores how the ideology of civilization clashes with the wild and wild peoples, and how thinking, feeling and most importantly living wild is the only way to reach true sustainability.