We envision a world where intact large wilderness areas contain the bulk of biodiversity on our planet, are resilient to—and help us mitigate—climate change, and continue providing the goods and services that are essential for humanity’s survival. Our goal is to help protect 30 percent of the planet’s major biomes by 2030. This includes not only preserving areas that are intact, but also restoring areas that may have suffered some human impacts.
To address this existential crisis, the National Geographic Society has developed Last Wild Places, a decade-long initiative to help protect the places that sustain life on Earth.
Harnessing expertise developed throughout the Society’s 130-year history, Last Wild Places is uniquely positioned to build upon National Geographic’s extraordinary legacy of science, conservation, and storytelling to drive impact. Through an integrated approach that supports actionable science, accelerates the adoption of best practices in conservation, uses the latest technology, and inspires people to care for the world around them, we aim to develop a new narrative for nature—one that will help us achieve our ultimate goal: a planet in balance.