Green Cross International (GCI) is an independent non-profit non-governmental organisation working to address the inter-connected global challenges of security, poverty eradication and environmental degradation through a combination of high-level advocacy and local projects. GCI is headquartered in Geneva and has a growing network of national offices in over 30 countries.
The call for setting up a “red cross” for the environment was made during the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio. Having stated that “after the end of the cold war the most pressing challenge for humanity relates to the relationship between man and nature”, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev was asked to lead this effort and became the founder of Green Cross International.
Today GCI actively runs programs to address the global water crisis (Water for Life & Peace Program), advance energy efficiency and the development of renewable energy solutions (Smart Energy Program), promote a safer world free of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction (Energy Security and Sustainability Program), help populations living in polluted and contaminated environments (Socmed Program), and help bring about a change in values for the development of a safe, sustainable and equitable society.
Each program is focused on achieving specific objectives. For example, the “Water for Life and Peace” works to:
1) Promote the recognition and fulfillment of the “Right to Water”,
2) Improve cooperation over shared water resources and advocates for the coming into force of the “United Nations International Watercourses Convention”
3) Implement practical projects like our “Smart Water for Green Schools” initiative to bring sustainable water solutions to communities in Africa, Latin America and Asia. The projects are centered in schools and include sanitation and environmental education modules so that children can become positive agents of change in their communities.
These activities, and more, are improving people’s lives and showing how to protect our planet’s precious resources. But much more is needed. GCI, and its founding president, believe societal change is needed to respond to these multiple, related challenges that threaten our society today.
As President Gorbachev stated in his Manifesto for the Earth: Action now for peace, global justices and a sustainable future: “Humanity cannot rely solely on politicians to solve environmental problems. This era of change calls on people the world over to join forces to create a global society capable of forcing governments and economic groupings to include ecological and social factors in their decision-making.”
To fulfill its mission GCI needs your support. For more information visit: Green Cross International