Dawn over Mali. Photograph courtesy of Jo Simpson.
ECOLOGIA's Current Mission Statement

[ECOLOGIA's current mission statement shows the growth of our global network of colleagues and programs, and the maturing of our involvement to include international policy-making in conjunction with grassroots work.]

ECOLOGIA’s programs bring international perspectives and resources to local sustainable development projects, and bring locally based ‘on the ground’ experience back to the world of international decision making.

Our programs combine a practical focus on local projects with direct involvement in international policy-making arenas. We believe that local leaders create the best, most sustainable long-term solutions to problems, and that this local experience should shape the development of national and international decisions.

ECOLOGIA works by creating direct people-to-people connections. By linking individuals to one another, we foster the emergence of a global civil society — a worldwide network of individuals and organizations sharing common interests, information and resources.

With staff, colleagues, and partners around the globe, ECOLOGIA is building global connections to create civil society and support sustainable development initiatives.

ECOLOGIA's Original 1989 Mission Statement

[ECOLOGIA's original mission statement shows our roots in the environmental, boundary-transcending movements of 1989, particularly relevant to US- USSR relations.]

1. ECOLOGIA is a private, non-profit organization providing information, training, and technical support for grassroots environmental groups.

2. ECOLOGIA offers technical and humanitarian assistance to individuals and organizations working to solve ecological problems at the local, regional, national, and global levels. All ECOLOGIA projects have a concrete problem solving focus.

3. ECOLOGIA support of grassroots organizations promotes the development of democratic decision-making skills. Environmental activism provides an important pathway to political involvement for citizens who have never before participated in political life. Replacing international conflict with environmental cooperation not only contributes to the solution of global environmental problems, it encourages face-to-face encounters of people from different cultures and thereby increases the possibility that future generations will live in peace.

Last modified by: C.Schmidt on 9-Jul-06