We're all kind of scared that we might not make it as a species past this century, given the rate at which we're destroying our home planet. As humanity creates the technology to expand life in space, we need to slow down the destruction of Earth. Nation-states are not the right technology to solve global problems. We should stop counting on slow-paced, fragmented bureaucracies to coordinate policies effectively at a worldwide scale. Blockchain is a great technology to quickly coordinate people globally and have transparency on governance and the use of funds. More info on the motivation here.
If you'd like to contribute to preserving the wild side of Earth and delaying some of the negative effects of human growth on the biosphere... If you think nonprofits and charities should level up 10x their transparency and tech stack... If you thought about buying land for conservation on your own and would like to team up... If you made wild gains with your crypto investments and would like to give back to nature... Rewilder is for you!
Each donation creates a unique NFT. All funds raised will be pooled together to purchase land for rewilding at the best rates we can find. Our current best estimates say that donating the equivalent of ~$3000 USD in ETH will help add ~1 acre (~0.4 hectares) of wildland and fund the future maintenance costs to our first rewilding project. This fact, added to marginal costs of providing updates in the future, is why we require this as the minimum ETH donation value in this campaign.
No. Donations are non-refundable contributions to the Rewilder Foundation, which will use the money to fulfill its rewilding mission on your behalf. Land will be legally owned by the foundation. If you're uncomfortable with this, you can always pursue your own private rewilding projects. We're just offering a way to externalize the operational hassle of purchasing and maintaining land to people aligned with the rewilding cause.
We're working with biodiversity conservation experts in different parts of the globe to assess the biggest rewilding opportunities worldwide. Given this is only our first experiment, we want to take it slow and go with a safe bet. We want Rewilder to grow organically and build a community around it, not merely maximize the impact today. Future fundraising efforts will probably have locations predetermined, but for our first one, the location will be determined after the donation campaign.
The Rewilder Foundation currently has three directors (Manuel Araoz, Mat Travizano, Juan Trouilh) and decisions are made by majority voting. We also have a group of advisors with experience in rewilding, crypto, and nonprofits. Our plan is to experiment with blockchain-based governance in the future, integrating our community into decision-making via their ownership of donation NFTs. However, for now, all decisions are made by the foundation's directors and they have ultimate authority to use contributions made to Rewilder Foundation at their discretion for purposes consistent with its exempt purposes.
We will offset the estimated carbon footprint of all donation and NFT creation transactions using Creol.io. Our current best estimate is that the cost of offsetting the carbon footprint will be less than $5,000 USD (More likely ~$2,000). We're looking for carbon donors! If your organization wants to partner with Rewilder and donate the carbon offset cost, send us an email to [email protected] to know more.
All fund movements will be on-chain, and we'll build a transparency tool so that donors can account for every cent spent. We'll strive to use the vast majority of funds just to purchase land. However, part of the money donated will be kept in a crypto endowment fund to pay for basic recurring costs (ranger/security payroll, taxes, and other maintenance fees). None of the people currently working on the project are receiving or will receive any monetary compensation. The initial project setup costs are being covered via private donations.
❌ No management fees.
❌ No conservationists will be hired.
❌ No wildlife species reintroduction active efforts.
❌ No active projects of any kind, just passive protection.
❌ No bank account fees.
❌ No lawyer fees.
✔️Purchase of land for passive rewilding.
✔️Invest in low risk DeFi for endowment.
✔️Pay taxes and security fees.
In chronological order, Manuel Araoz, Malena Araoz, Agostina Blanco (@deadpine_xyz), Mat Travizano, Juan Trouilh, Matias Konstandt, Agus di Luciano, Juan Catalano, Simon Wong, Sofi Vissani, with the advice of Matty (@DCLBlogger), Martin Wainstein, Franco Zeoli, Martin Tellechea, Ale Santander (@the_ethernaut), Fran Giordano (@frangio), Patricio Palladino (@alcuadrado), Leo Arias (@yoelopio), Igor Yalovoy, Ramon Recuero.
If you'd like to be part of the team or contribute with your time to Rewilder, send us an email to [email protected].