Mullumbimby-based media company We Are Explorers is currently crowdfunding $25,000 to purchase one hectare of Lowland Daintree Rainforest and transfer it to the Daintree National Park, affording it the highest level of protection in Queensland.
We Are Explorers Founder, Henry Brydon, says the initiative is a tangible way for the business to align its values with its actions, and encourages others to do the same. “We Are Explorers is all about getting people outdoors and by virtue of that, a deep appreciation is gained of how special our wild places are. We feel like our duty as a publisher is to show that we’re serious about protecting the places we love so much.”
On 14 November, We Are Explorers launched a crowdfunding campaign with Rainforest 4 Foundation to raise the money to purchase Lot 305 Cypress Road, Cow Bay. This block is one of 1,100 that was subdivided and excluded from the Daintree National Park and World Heritage Area in the 1980s. Once purchased, the block will be owned by the Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation, who will then transfer the title to the National Parks Estate. The vision for purchase of this land is to remove the threat of further development while supporting the Traditional Custodians, the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people, in caring for country.
Kelvin Davies, Founder of Rainforest 4 Foundation, urges the community to get on board with the campaign. “This incredible block is part of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest. A habitat to the endangered Southern Cassowary, the rare and near-threatened Thornton Aspen, as well as more than 150 native plant species, it is imperative that it is protected. The fundraising goal of $25,000 for Lot 305 is a highly achievable one. For just $25, donors can protect 10m2 of this habitat”.
At just one week in, the campaign has reached $18,000 of the $25,000 needed, with more than 200 backers. You can contribute to this campaign and also keep an eye on the Rainforest 4 Foundation for when more lots come on sale.
“I hope we can inspire people to kick off their own projects like this and work towards a common goal of bringing our planet back from the brink,” says Henry.
Donations to protect Lot 305 and transfer it to the Daintree National Park can be made here.