CoalitionWILD: Stories from young conservation leaders empowered to save the planet
CoalitionWILD was represented at the World Leaders’ Conservation Forum in early October, sharing to the delegation our vision for empowering the next generation. To us, empowerment means giving emerging leaders the tools they need and the conviction that they know how to use those tools best.
We shared our success stories – like of Ecuador’s Liliana Jaramillo who had a vision for a greener Quito, but wasn’t sure where to start. In only a year’s time as a Young Champion of the Earth, and with the support of CoalitionWILD, Liliana incorporated her company, Nativus, and has installed two green roofs in Quito utilizing native plants and interpretive signage.
Progress is not only possible – it’s happening, and it’s driven by ambitious and passionate young leaders who have a vision for a better future for all life.
It was a pleasure sharing the stage with host, National Geographic Explorer Paul Rose, Bye Bye Plastic Bags and Melati Wijsen, Conservamos por Naturaleza and Bruno Monteferri, and the OMCAR Foundation and Vedharajan Balaji – young global leaders leading the way.
The Story for Our Future, the 11th World Wilderness Congress’ primary policy recommendation, is based on the guidance of leaders from all sectors of society and dozens of countries around the world, and is the latest and most detailed product of this global process.
In the 1960s South Africa of Apartheid, when non-white people were segregated and subjugated, our founders (Magqubu Ntombela and Ian Player) worked together in the wilderness and, with a team of many races and cultures, saved the white rhino from extinction.
The world needs to unite around ambitious targets to address the climate, extinction, & pandemic emergencies
The danger now is that we merely try to get back on track and restore business as usual. What we ought to restore instead is wild nature and our respect for the natural world.