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HISTORY
GREEN EARTH ORGANIZATION (GEO), a non-governmental, non-profit making voluntary, environment, development and peace organization was given birth to in 1983. It was incorporated formally with the Registrar General’s Department as a non-governmental organization in August 1989.

In 1983, Ghana experienced one of the greatest mishaps in its history. Dating back to November the previous year, the weather was disappointing. The expected rains never came, rivers and streams dried up. Crops withered, bushfires were rife all over the country and everywhere life in general was a case of anxiety and despair. Moved by this sad situation a group of young men initiated a programme to prevent the reoccurrence of this catastrophe. They began digging wells in dried streams and places which used to be marshy to trap water for use by communities.

At the same time they organized themselves into groups to fight bushfires which had become very rampant. Alongside, maximum effort was made to discourage people from cutting down trees. The work they did won the support of the people. Many people therefore voluntarily joined the “Young Environmentalists,” as they later came to be known. In 1989, the group was re-organized and registered as a national NGO under the name Green Earth Organization.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:

  1. Ensuring conservation and rational use of natural resources.
  2. Serving as an environmental watchdog.
  3. Ensuring sustainable population growth.
  4. Empowering and improving life for disadvantaged communities to promote sustainable living.
  5. Promoting voluntary action for environmental protection.
  6. Engaging in environmental education.
  7. Empowering of women in poverty alleviation and income generation activities.
  8. Contributing towards global peace for the enhancement of the environment.
AREAS:
  1. Forestry.
  2. Sustainable agriculture
  3. Climate Change
  4. Biodiversity
  5. Desertification
  6. Water Issues.
  7. Sanitation.
  8. Wildlife and Animal Care
  9. Women advancement
  10. Energy
  11. Health and Population
  12. Peace Issues
  13. Research and Policy Analysis
  14. Campaigns and Advocacy
  15. Film Production and Video Library Services
  16. Relief and Intervention Services
APPROACH
  1. Education: Symposia, lectures, seminars, workshops, conferences, Public Education; Green Academy Summer Schools
  2. Projects
  3. Campaigns and Policy analysis.
  4. Promoting Ecotourism
LEGAL STATUS:
  1. The organisation is registered with the Registrar General, the Government Agency responsible for registering NGOs and Private Bodies.
  2. It is registered with Department of Social Welfare of Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare for Certificate of Recognition as an NGO.
STRUCTURE:
The Organisation has:
  1. Board of Directors
  2. Executive Director who heads the secretariat
  3. Directors of various departments which include (a) Finance and Administration
    (b) Information and Education
    (c) Programmes
    (d)Research and Policy Analysis
  4. The Organisation also has a General Assembly comprising:
    (a) Member supporter
    (b) Adult local group member
    (c) Youth local group member
AFFILIATION:
Green Earth is a member of :
  1. Ghana Association of Private Voluntary Organisations in Development (GAPVOD).
  2. National Union of Environmental Non-Governmental Organisations (NUENGO -GHANA).
  3. International Peace Bureau (IPB) based in Geneva.
  4. Youth for Development and Co-operation (YDC) based in the Netherlands.
  5. Action for Solidarity, Equality Environment and Development (ASEED) based in The Netherlands.
  6. A working partner of the Centre for Our Common Future, Geneva, Switzerland.
  7. Local Representatives of Television Trust for the Environment (TVE) based in London,
  8. UK.
  9. We are also accredited to the following UN bodies
    (a) UN Habitat
    (b) UN Committee on Desertification
    (c) Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD)
    (d) United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
    (e) Global Environment Facility
  10. In consultative status with United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
  11. Environmental Liaison Centre International
  12. EarthCare Africa
  13. Climate Network Africa
  14. A member of the Africa Forests Action Network (AFAN)
  15. Has working relations with the following bodies:
    a. BothENDS - Amsterdam, the Netherlands
    b. Worldwide Fund For Nature (W. W. F.) Gland, Switzerland; Africa/Madagascar Programme, Yaounde Cameroon.

Green Earth is also in Networking and collaborative relations with various Environment and Development NGOs in Ghana, Africa and the world at large.
SOURCE OF FUNDING
The organization receives funding from the following sources.
  1. Membership Dues
  2. Donor Agencies
  3. Private Contributions.