Every four years, the WILD Foundation plans a World Wilderness Congress – a week-long event that gathers 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), 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), 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.
In three years, CoalitionWILD has grown to almost 10,000 members from 52 countries. Truly, this is a global grassroots initiative.
CoalitionWILD is a core project of the WILD Foundation, a 501(c)3 US non-profit organization (EIN: 23-7389749) working internationally to protect and connect wilderness, wildlife and people.
CoalitionWILD was conceptualized, developed and currently operates entirely by a committed group of young professionals. The initiative has a steering committee and Director of under 40 year olds, separate from the WILD Foundation’s Board of Directors or staff. As a core project of WILD, CoalitionWILD is supported by a credited organization and WILD acts as a fiscal agent.
CoalitionWILD is funded through private donations, grants, partnerships, in-kind support, and volunteer hours. Contribute to our work by visiting our Support Us page.