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:
- Ensuring conservation and rational use of natural resources.
- Serving as an environmental watchdog.
- Ensuring sustainable population growth.
- Empowering and improving life for disadvantaged communities to promote sustainable
- Promoting voluntary action for environmental protection.
- Engaging in environmental education.
- Empowering of women in poverty alleviation and income generation activities.
- Contributing towards global peace for the enhancement of the environment.
- Sustainable agriculture
- Climate Change
- Water Issues.
- Wildlife and Animal Care
- Women advancement
- Health and Population
- Peace Issues
- Research and Policy Analysis
- Campaigns and Advocacy
- Film Production and Video Library Services
- Relief and Intervention Services
- Education: Symposia, lectures, seminars, workshops, conferences, Public Education;
Green Academy Summer Schools
- Campaigns and Policy analysis.
- Promoting Ecotourism
- The organisation is registered with the Registrar General, the Government Agency
responsible for registering NGOs and Private Bodies.
- It is registered with Department of Social Welfare of Ministry of Employment and Social
Welfare for Certificate of Recognition as an NGO.
The Organisation has:
- Board of Directors
- Executive Director who heads the secretariat
- Directors of various departments which include
(a) Finance and Administration
(b) Information and Education
(d)Research and Policy Analysis
- The Organisation also has a General Assembly comprising:
(a) Member supporter
(b) Adult local group member
(c) Youth local group member
Green Earth is a member of :
- Ghana Association of Private Voluntary Organisations in Development (GAPVOD).
- National Union of Environmental Non-Governmental Organisations (NUENGO
- International Peace Bureau (IPB) based in Geneva.
- Youth for Development and Co-operation (YDC) based in the Netherlands.
- Action for Solidarity, Equality Environment and Development (ASEED) based in The
- A working partner of the Centre for Our Common Future, Geneva, Switzerland.
- Local Representatives of Television Trust for the Environment (TVE) based in London,
- 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
- In consultative status with United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
- Environmental Liaison Centre International
- EarthCare Africa
- Climate Network Africa
- A member of the Africa Forests Action Network (AFAN)
- 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.
- Membership Dues
- Donor Agencies
- Private Contributions.