Iain Duncan

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Basic Info
Wild Gift Class Year: 
2008
Better World Expertise: 
Community Engagement/Activism
Conservation & Stewardship
Current Occupation: 
Ecuador Country Director at Free The Children
Wild Gift opened my mind and heart to the necessity of wildness as part of the solution to the environmental problems our lifestyle choices are causing. Since the first days of my involvement with Wild Gift my connection to nature has grown to the point where wild nature serves as my prime inspiration for working to rejuvenate the natural world.

A crush that I had on a girl in my grade 12 physics class led me on a journey to fundraise to build a classroom in Nepal. We went on to Nepal to visit the village in which the classroom had been built. This experience fundamentally changed my life by opening my world beyond the smallness of my hometown. It broadened my perspective on the world to which I belong.

From that point forward I decided to dedicate my life to the pursuit of a more just and harmonious world. I took a year off after school. I went to university to study International Development. I lived and worked abroad implementing projects to alleviate poverty. All along, I was aware of nature's primacy in all human activities. I always found ways to weave environmental actions into my life by volunteering on organic farms, planting trees and managing an ecolodge.

As my awareness of the damage being done to the natural world increased I felt it necessary to help promote viable solutions to the problems our lifestyle choices create. That's when the inspiration for Convergence, a residential environmental education centre, hit me. And that's when Wild Gift entered my life.

Wild Gift funded the construction of Convergence in India. More than that, Wild Gift opened my mind and heart to the necessity of wildness as part of the solution to those same problems that Convergence was attempting to address. Since the first days of my involvement with Wild Gift my connection to nature has grown to the point where wild nature serves as my prime inspiration for working to rejuvenate the natural world.

Today I work in Ecuador assisting indigenous communities in their attainment of high-quality education for the children and strengthening their autonomy to decide their futures. At every corner I look for a way to involve environmental awarenes and rejuvenation. I thank Wild Gift for the ability to bring this perspective into all of my work.