CoalitionWILD connects and equips the world’s young change-makers to tackle our planet’s greatest conservation challenges.
Sometimes the hardest thing a leader does is remain committed to their work. CoalitionWILD inspires lasting leadership through storytelling, mentorship, and opportunities for recognition.
Young leaders are facing never before seen environmental challenges. There are few roadmaps to guide their actions. Peer networks are key to continued learning, and a core resource for CoalitionWILD members.
We excel at helping young people identify new resources to launch their solutions, taking their advocacy to the next level and lowering the threshold for action.
Our vision is a world where people and nature thrive because of youth-driven change.
CoalitionWILD was born in 2013 at the 10th World Wilderness Congress from the recognition that youth leadership in conservation is an untapped potential for positive change. Since then, CoalitionWILD has changed dozens of lives and turned the tide for nature in communities around the world by connecting youth leaders with their innate potential.
Every four years, the WILD Foundation organizes a World Wilderness Congress – a week-long event gathering thousands of environmental practitioners, government officials, NGO’s, business sector entities, nature-lovers, and the like to collaborate and develop ways to work together towards a wilder future. At the 9th World Wilderness Congress (WILD9) in 2009, a motion was passed to ensure a more dedicated engagement with a younger generation in future Congresses.
Eight months prior to the 10th World Wilderness Congress (WILD10) in 2013, Crista Valentino and D. Simon Jackson began building a team that would create a voice for the next generation at this Congress. In their planning, they quickly realized that this issue was not an isolated incident – that, in general, there were a lack of platforms for these rising leaders around the world. Thus, CoalitionWILD was born. What started as a one-off delegation at a conference quickly turned into an on-going global movement of young people creating a wilder world.
Nature Needs Half
Nature Needs Half is an international coalition of scientists, conservationists, nonprofits, and public officials defending nature at the scale she needs to continue to function for the benefit of all life. And they’ve got a global ground game in place that will protect 50% of the planet by 2050, turning the tide in favor of Earth’s life support systems and transforming society’s relationship with nature, one ecoregion and country at a time.
CoalitionWILD supports the Nature Needs Half vision as a member of the coalition and publicly declares its support for a respectful relationship with nature by building momentum for change.