In Western Australia, 1 acre (4000m2) of pristine land costs US$5 per acre - the average cost of a cup of coffee. Wilderness landscapes have incredible wildlife, Indigenous cultures, and vast carbon stores. This project aims to purchase global wilderness to protect it FOREVER, and we believe that everyone should be able to contribute to this legacy. Our first large property is 410,000 acres (1650 sq km) with incredible biodiversity and globally important sacred sites dating back 40,000 years.
77% of Earth's wild places have been destroyed. Thousands of species, along with Indigenous cultures and languages are going extinct. The destruction releases vast amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. Australia has some of the world's last great wilderness landscapes, but also has the world's highest mammal extinction rate. Over 200 Aboriginal languages have faded from existence. We work with Rhonda Dooley (main photo), whose language is mostly lost to memory, as are many of her sacred sites.
Working with communities, we have created a way for everyone to get involved. Forever Wild is just the vehicle - real change comes from us all. By directing finance to landscapes we can protect them from destruction, conserve wildlife and create new, sustainable livelihoods such as wilderness tourism and wild foods. Austin Downs will be a flagship for Forever Wild, protecting vast areas of habitat, empowering local people & showing the world that TOGETHER WE CAN DO THIS!
The land we buy will protect remarkable wildlife diversity, and will fully protect some of Australia's most important sacred sites. We are already talking to the local Wajarri people on their needs & job opportunities, including using traditional language on signage. Austin Downs is the start of a much larger initiative, one piece at a time. Using innovative finance mechanisms your donation will be multiplied several times by investors seeking large-scale change, with $1.5m already committed!
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
A beautiful film of Forever Wild (Australia)
Year 1 of 1000. Our report.
Strong Women's day - a short Forever Wild film
A look at our wilderness property in N Australia