The human population is increasing. Africa alone has a population of over 1.2 billion and by 2100 that is projected to be over 4 billion.
To be viable 1000 years from now and beyond, wilderness must actively enable communities and whole societies to identify with wild places in ways that are truly meaningful to them. And they must be adaptive to societal changes. This is how our multi-generational Shared Earth Reserves will persist. Rather than people seeking to imagine what wilderness once was, people hundreds of years from now will be able to visit, walk the ancient lands and lie gazing at the stars. And they will earn a living from them.
Our vast Shared Earth wilderness reserves connect us with our deepest instincts, nurture our soul, celebrate our cultural heritage.
Our reserves will ensure the morning bird calls in these landscapes are never silenced, nor the breathtaking wonder of the night skies dimmed. Some parts of these landscapes will support low impact farming, others will allow only the gentlest of human touch. They will hold, buried deep beneath the soil, capsules safely enclosing powerful words, images and art from this century about the last wilderness worldwide.