About us

The Gaia Foundation is passionate about regenerating cultural and biological diversity, and restoring a respectful relationship with the Earth. Together with long-term partners in Africa, South America, Asia and Europe, we work with local communities to secure land, seed, food and water sovereignty. By reviving indigenous knowledge and protecting sacred natural sites, local self-governance is strengthened. This enables communities to become more resilient to climate change and the industrial processes which have caused the many crises we now face.

Gaia makes a long-term commitment with our partners to address the root causes of today's most pressing ecological, social and economic injustices. We are a small, flexible team, which enables us to read and respond quickly to emerging issues and opportunities for change.

In 2015 we will be celebrating our 30th anniversary. Please consider making a gift to support our work for social and ecological justice. Thank you.


Our Approach

Gaia has been different from others. There is a generosity and care, which characterises Gaia: Seeing the value of people, of cultures, of different ways of thinking and creating spaces. This is what makes Gaia very special. Martin von Hilderbrand, Gaia Amazonas, Colombia

Our work is founded on the recognition that the Earth is a dynamic living whole whose complex processes have maintained the conditions for life to evolve over millions of years. Humans are an integral part of these living processes and we depend on them for our own wellbeing. It is for this reason that we must ensure that we find a mutually enhancing way to live on the planet, the only home for all species, including ourselves.

If we do not understand that the crises we face are symptoms of a deeper moral, ethical and spiritual crisis, no technical fixes will help us. Creating a viable future is about justice - for humans, for the Earth, and future generations of all species. Read more about how we work, our holistic approach, and the story of origin of 'Gaia'.


Our History

Gaia has a very unique niche. They support organisations like ours and link them up globally. They've helped us promote Africa's ecological agenda across the continent and beyond. Gathuru Mburu, Director of the Institute for Culture & Ecology, Kenya

The idea of creating the Gaia Foundation emerged in the mid-1980s when Liz Hosken, Edward Posey, José Lutzenberger, Wangari Maathai, Vandana Shiva and other ecological pioneers, met to discuss the growing global crises after four decades of development - mass extinction of species, ecological degradation, social and economic inequity, and more. Our common vision was both to alert people to the root causes of the crises and also to demonstrate that "another way is possible".

Through long-term partnerships we work with individuals, organisations and networks in Africa, South America, Asia and Europe. We believe in nurturing strong relationships and have an ethos of 'affectionate alliances' across our expanding network. With 25 years behind us, we continue our journey for social and ecological justice. Read more about our journey so far.

Meet the Team

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Contact Us

Or why not give us a call on 0207 428 0055 or email info@gaianet.org

The Gaia Foundation, 6 Heathgate Place, Agincourt Road, London NW3 2NU.

Associates & Advisors

Gaia Associates & Advisors have been colleagues since the early days of the Gaia Foundation. They are visionaries, pioneers and activists in Gaian holistic approaches to ecological, social and economic justice. We enjoy an "affectionate alliance" with each one, and continue to work jointly on field programmes and advocacy strategies - in a range of ways.

Find out about our Associates & Advisors

Our Trustees

A small group of Trustees takes an active interest in Gaia's vision, activities and performance. They each bring with them an important contribution to Gaia's holistic way of working.

Find out about our Trustees

Our Supporters

A wide range of Trusts and Foundations, grant-making charities, government overseas agencies and institutions along with some generous individuals - have supported our work and programmes with partner organisations over the years. We are very grateful for their support and commitment to our work.

Find out who has supported us