My name is Darren Edwards and I love the outdoors, hiking in particular. I started hiking in order to escape from the real world for a while. To connect with nature, switch off from the hustle and bustle of life and disconnect from technology. The further I explored, the more I could see that the world I was trying to disconnect from was increasingly invading these natural spaces.
Recreation, adventure tourism, commercialisation, extractive industries, all of these were having an impact on the spaces that I loved and all of them were taking away from the psychological benefits I received through spending time in nature. I wondered how one person could make a difference. Where could I voice my concerns? How could I take action?
Keep it Wild Australia is an initiative I started in the hope that I can make a difference.