A walking mission for conservation

Tristan O’Brien recently walked through Kingston SE and Robe on his mission to raise money and awareness for threatened species. 

From September 18 through to December, Tristan is walking 1km for each of Australia’s 1900 threatened species to raise funds and awareness for conservation in Australia.

He will be supporting two Australian conservation charities: BioR Australia (SA) and Wollangarra Outdoor Education Centre (VIC).

Starting in Adelaide on September 18, Tristan will end the first leg of his journey in Melbourne, after which he will finish the 1900+ km journey in Tasmania by the end of 2017.

The purpose of 1900 Footprints is to raise awareness for conservation in Australia, and to encourage Australians to reconnect with the natural world around them for social, community and environmental benefits.

“Because the majority of Australia's, and the world's population now lives in cities, we have lost the benefits to childhood development, health and community that exposure to nature provides,” he said.

“This means we have also lost some of our understanding about why conserving and protecting nature is important, for our health as a society and for biodiversity conservation.

“1900 Footprints is my way of highlighting why as a society, reconnecting with nature is needed now, more than ever,” said Mr Tristan O’Brien.

“Money received by BioR will go towards funding and maintaining restoration work on a 1700 ha property near Monarto, South Australia.

“Donations to Wollangarra will be used to sponsor financially and socially disadvantaged young people to attend empowering hands-on conservation camp programs in the Victorian Alps.

“BioR is a not-for-profit organisation that generates funds, knowledge and practical skills to reconstruct habitats to support native wildlife in degraded landscapes.

“The Bio in BioR stands for Biodiversity, the R stands for Research, Reconstruct and Reconnect.

“Wollangarra is an independent, non-profit, off-the-grid outdoor education centre that works with groups of young people who learn about building community and appreciating the natural world in life-changing, week-long programs.”

For more information on the walk or to donate to the cause visit https://www.1900footprints.com/.