Wild Mountains began in response to pressures on our environment. Four individuals, Richard and Susan Zoomers, Geoffrey Smith and Kathryn Robertson had been very active in the early 1980s campaigning to save the Franklin River, the Daintree Rainforests and other precious areas of Australia and the planet.
According to Richard,
"We became disillusioned that each campaign took enormous effort to mobilise support. They also invariably ended up polarising the community into the “good” guys and the “bad” guys. We thought that education was a far more effective way to move forward. If we could educate children and let them experience for themselves the awesome beauty and power of the planet and understand how it works, then they would make far more environmentally responsible decisions in their own lives. As children and later as adults they would take pressure off the world’s species and resources and look after this beautiful blue planet."
A familiar story?