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.
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'.
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.