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About CoalitionWILD

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.

Background

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.

Our Mentor

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.

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Staff

Crista Valentino

Crista Valentino

Co-Founder, Director

Crista co-founded CoalitionWILD in 2013 after an invitation from the WILD Foundation to address the lack of support and visibility available to younger generations in the environmental sector. She continues to lobby for a stronger integration of youth voices and empowerment in organizational and business decision making, and has achieved this through recently co-publishing an intergenerational leadership toolkit for conservation and leading multiple projects that accelerate and further initiatives around the world being led by young people for nature.

Mariana Hill

Mariana Hill

Global Outreach Intern

Mariana’s life is a combination of passions for natural landscapes, wildlife, science and arts. She holds a BSc. in Marine Science, shortly a MSc. in Biological Oceanography and is about to start a PhD in Biogeochemical and Ecosystem Modeling. Her passion for the marine environment has take her to an intricate adventure around the world which has also been a journey of discovery of different cultures, ways of thinking, extreme sports, amazing landscapes and multiple sciences from mathematics and programming to ecology. Mariana believes that humankind has succeeded as the top predatory species in the planet. However, now our survival depends on succeeding as an intelligent species, capable of controlling our own luxes and greeds, even reproductive ones, for the well-being of our planet as a whole; and education is crucial for achieving this.

Alan Jarandilla Nunez

Alan Jarandilla Nunez

Global Outreach Intern

Alan is a lawyer and passionate activist from Bolivia. He is Founder of Change the System (CTS), a Bolivian youth-led organization working towards sustainable development, human rights and youth participation, from a systemic change perspective, and a member of the Youth Coalition. He is a vocal advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights and believes that an intersectional and holistic approach to global issues is fundamental for addressing them. He has been following and leading advocacy strategies in different international processes such as the Commission of Population and Development, the High-level Political Forum, the Convention on Biological Diversity, Human Rights Council, CSW, WHA, HIII, UNFCCC, IAEG-SDGs, among others.

Steering Committee

James Hattam

James Hattam

Tasmania

Jordi van Oort

Jordi van Oort

Netherlands

Sabelo Lindani

Sabelo Lindani

South Africa

Lincoln Meyer

Lincoln Meyer

South Africa

Alice Hughes

Alice Hughes

China

Jacqui de Klerk

Jacqui de Klerk

Colombia

Will Lawson

Will Lawson

United Kingdom

Tomasz Wiercioch

Tomasz Wiercioch

Canada

Neeshad V. Shafi

Neeshad V. Shafi

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Cecile Tang

Cecile Tang

Canada

Work With Us

Are you interested in helping us to expand our reach while making new connections and growing your own skill sets in the process? Check out our internship openings below or email us at getinvolved@wordpress-139332-496504.cloudwaysapps.com with your own idea of how you can get involved.

CoalitionWILD Communications Intern

Location:            This is a remote position
Job Status:         Part time 2018 – 2019 Intern: 5-10 hours per week, college credit available. Position starting October 2018.
Reports to:         Crista Valentino, Director of CoalitionWILD
Deadline:            15 September 2018
Process:              Fill out the online application and upload your CV here: http://bit.ly/CWCommsIntern

Internship Purpose
The Communications Intern is responsible for assisting CoalitionWILD with a wide range of marketing, communications, PR, and outreach efforts.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Update and maintain social media presence for CoalitionWILD accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).
  • Develop content for promotional materials such as, but not limited to: eLeaf newsletter, website, social media.
  • Assist CoalitionWILD Director with website updates.
  • Collaborate with Director on new ideas and tools for CoalitionWILD’s marketing and communications.
  • Work directly with CoalitionWILD members and program participants to tell their stories by developing and implementing a strategy for outreach.

Download the full position description here.

Apply for the Communications Intern position here.

Contact Us

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We’re always recruiting emerging leaders, supporters, and collaborators who have a desire to be a part of a global connected community of young people creating a better future for all life.  Get in touch by filling out the form below.

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Boulder, CO 80304 USA

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