Wilderness landscapes have incredible wildlife, Indigenous cultures, and vast carbon stores. In Western Australia, 1 acre (4000m2) of pristine land costs US$5 per acre - the average cost of a cup of coffee. This project aims to purchase global wilderness to protect it FOREVER. In May 2021, with the help of GlobalGiving donors, we bought 410,000 acres (1650 sq km) of incredible habitat and globally important sacred sites dating back 40,000 years. By 2022 and with your help we will double that!
77% of Earth's wild places have been destroyed. Thousands of species, along with Indigenous cultures & languages are going extinct. The destruction releases vast amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. Australia has some of the world's last great wilderness but also has the world's highest mammal extinction rate. And over 200 Aboriginal languages have faded from existence. We work with people like Rhonda (main photo), whose language is mostly lost to memory, as are many of her sacred sites.
Forever Wild is just the vehicle - real change comes from us all. By directing finance to landscapes and working directly with communities, we can protect wild places from destruction, conserve wildlife and create new, sustainable livelihoods such as wilderness tourism and wild foods. In just 2 years Forever Wild has acquired >1700 sq kilometers of wilderness to protect in perpetuity, empowering local people & showing the world that TOGETHER WE CAN DO THIS!
Forever Wild's Australia program is the start of a much larger initiative. Using innovative finance mechanisms your donation will be multiplied several times by investors seeking large-scale change, with $2.5m already committed in just 12 months! The land we buy protects remarkable wildlife & habitat and will protect some of Australia's most important sacred sites. We are already talking to the local Wajarri people in Western Australia about their needs & and protecting their sacred sites.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).