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GLOBAL JUSTICE ECOLOGY PROJECT INC

aka GJEP   |   Buffalo, NY   |  https://www.globaljusticeecology.org

Mission

Global Justice Ecology Project explores and exposes the intertwined
root causes of social injustice, ecological destruction and economic
domination.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Anne Petermann

Co Principal Officer

Ms. Theresa Church

Main address

266 Elmwood Avenue Suite 307

Buffalo, NY 14222 USA

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EIN

81-0626946

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Forest Conservation (C36)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Global ecological and social crises–from the biodiversity and deforestation crises, the fresh water crisis, and of course the climate crisis; to human rights abuses including escalating assassinations of land and environment protectors, forced relocations of Indigenous and peasant communities for resource extraction, and displacements of climate and conflict refugees, to name but a few–have interwined roots in a political and economic system that elevates and empowers global elites, rendering them virtually untouchable in their deadly pursuit of profit and power. Global Justice Ecology Project focuses on identifying the common root causes of these and other injustices, and amplifying the voices of those most impacted, as a means to build bridges between and among diverse movements for change toward our common goal of a liveable future.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Campaign to STOP GE Trees

The mission of the Campaign to STOP GE Trees is protecting forests and defending the rights and autonomy of forest dependent communities and Indigenous Peoples by preventing the disastrous release of genetically engineered trees into the environment.

Industrial tree plantations have had devastating social and ecological impacts across the globe--from the Pacific NW and Southeast US to Latin America, Africa and Asia. These impacts include destruction of native forests; depletion of soils and water, leaving communities with no access to fresh water; toxic contamination from the pesticides used on the plantations; catastrophic wildfires fed by the extremely flammable trees, and forced displacement of rural communities and Indigenous Peoples whose land is stolen to make room for expanding plantations.

The development of trees genetically engineered to grow faster, resist toxic chemicals and kill insects will exacerbate these impacts and create grave new and unpredictable ones.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
People of South American descent
Extremely poor people
Refugees and displaced people
Activists

This program strategically uses photography, video and other visual art, as well as mainstream and alternative media, to explore and expose the root causes of social, ecological and economic injustice, and to empower those working for change.

It showcases community struggles against injustice-both present and historic, and amplifies the voices and messages of front line struggles of peoples defending their communities against health, social, ecological, and/or economic destruction.

The Program includes:

Breaking Green Podcast: https://globaljusticeecology.org/breakinggreen/

Earth Radio: Weekly Earth Minute and Earth Watch segments produced in partnership with the Sojourner Truth show on KPFK Pacifica Radio. https://globaljusticeecology.org/earth-radio/

New Voices Speakers Bureau: https://globaljusticeecology.org/media-programs/new-voices-speakers-bureau/

Concerned Photography & Historical Archiving: https://globaljusticeecology.org/page-concerned-photography/

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
People of African descent
People of Latin American descent
Activists
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

Awards

Foundation Achievement Award 2003

Green Mountain Fund for Popular Struggle

Environmental Activist of the Year 2000

Fund for Wild Nature

White Dove Award 2013

ROCLA

Affiliations & memberships

Campaign to STOP GE Trees 2004

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Global Justice Ecology Project (GJEP) explores and exposes the intertwined root causes of social injustice, ecological destruction, and economic domination.

GJEP envisions a world in which all societies are justly and equitably governed with full participation by an engaged and informed populace living in harmony with the natural world and one another.

We work toward the fundamental equality of all peoples and the intrinsic value of the natural world. Our program work is guided by these principles:
• Confronting oppression, challenging power elites, and amplifying the voices of the least powerful among us.
• Championing diversity and equal rights to break down barriers and open doors to common goals and ideas.
• Working in cooperation, not competition, to build grassroots power.

We accomplish our mission by:

• Prioritizing campaigns that are key leverage points for advancing systemic change.
• Linking struggles and strengthening diverse movements with strategic action, information, and analysis.

Strategies:

• Maintain an uncompromising stance and keep the bar high.
• Make systemic connections through a holistic analysis.
• Build strong bonds of trust with Indigenous Peoples and their organizations.
• Be accountable to grassroots organizations and communities.
• Use direct action as a strategic tool to leverage power.
• Be efficient and effective.
• Win.

GJEP was founded in 2003 by Anne Petermann and Orin Langelle, activists with decades of experience in the environmental and social justice movements, on local, national and international fronts. They saw the need for a project grounded in an understanding that environmental degradation, war, the destruction of civil rights and liberties, and economic and social injustice were not isolated issues, and needed to be addressed at their common root causes.

Our programs:

Campaign to STOP GE Trees: We founded the first campaign against GE trees in 2000 with the goal of protecting forests, biodiversity and rural communities from the potentially catastrophic impacts of GE trees. We use the cross-cutting issue of GE trees to support and build power on related issues ranging from the rights and autonomy of Indigenous Peoples, forest restoration, to challenging false solutions to climate change such as bioenergy from GE trees.

Strategic Media: Climate change links many social and ecological injustice issues. It also offers clear opportunities to expose the intertwined root causes of these issues. We strategically use mainstream and alternative media to expose the root causes of social and ecological injustice. We amplify the voices of front line communities fighting the impacts of climate change, the fossil fuels industry and land grabs linked to false solutions to climate change such as industrial biofuels.

We partner with Margaret Prescod's Sojourner Truth show on KPFK Pacifica Radio (Los Angeles) since November 2009, producing weekly "Earth Segments," as well as weekly interviews on important environmental news. We also host a New Voices on Climate Change Speakers Bureau. Finally, Langelle Photography uses the power of photojournalism to expose social and ecological injustice. The point of Langelle Photography is to place photographs into the context of social struggle; the struggle for societal transformation toward justice, equity and ecological balance. PhotoLangelle.org

Key Accomplishments

Stop GE Trees Campaign:
• Created and led a major international campaign against GE trees, which has successfully prevented their large-scale commercial release since 2000.
• Organized the largest ever protest against GE trees at the international Tree Biotechnology 2013 conference in Asheville, NC in May 2013
• Won a decision from the UN Convention on Biological Diversity warning countries of the social and ecological dangers of GE trees
• Assembled a legal team to challenge USDA approval of GE eucalyptus trees, which discouraged investment and prevented GE tree company ArborGen from going public on the NASDAQ in 2011. All but one co-owner of ArborGen have since divested their holdings.
• Consulted on the creation of an award-winning documentary “A Silent Forest:The Growing Threat, Genetically Engineered Trees,” narrated by internationally renowned geneticist Dr. David Suzuki; and the updated Synthetic Forests.
• Brought major media attention to the dangers of GE trees, including a front-page story in the Washington Post, and articles/features in the New York Times, Bloomberg News, Christian Science Monitor, Charlotte Observer, Memphis Appeal, NPR’s Living on Earth program, and Jim Hightower Radio, among numerous others
• Cited frequently by industry leaders as a major obstacle to GE tree research and development
• Published scientific white paper on the risks and threats from GE trees called "Biotechnology for Forest Health? The Test Case of the Genetically Engineered American Chestnut"

Global Justice Media Project, Climate Justice and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights:
• Worked with media to amplify voices of impacted communities, social movements and grassroots groups. Since 2004 took part in international fora, including the UN Climate Convention, Biodiversity Convention, UN Forum on Indigenous Issues, the World Social Forum and others where we succeeded in featuring these voices in hundreds of newswires and media outlets around the world, reaching millions.
• Co-founded Durban Group for Climate Justice in 2004; Climate Justice Now! in 2007; Climate Justice Action in 2008.
• Used the power of photojournalism to help prevent the forced relocation of Amador Hernandez, an Indigenous community in the Lacandon Jungle of Chiapas, Mexico in 2011.
• Produced the film “A Darker Shade of Green,” in 2012 to showcase Indigenous Peoples’ resistance to UN REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
• Helped organize the historic Peoples’ Assembly and Reclaim Power march out at the 2009 UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen.
• Exposed corporate influence on UN climate and biodiversity negotiations. Highlighted the exclusion of Indigenous Peoples, social movements and other stakeholders from UN decision-making.
• Organized the North American Forest & Climate Movement Convergence in 2019.
• Documented Mapuche Peoples re-occupation of their ancestral lands in Chile in 2019.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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GLOBAL JUSTICE ECOLOGY PROJECT INC

Board of directors
as of 11/10/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lindsey Gillies

Yale School of Nursing

Term: 2019 - 2025

See http://www.globaljusticeecology.org/aboutus.php

Karen Pickett

Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters

Ann Lipsitt

Reading Specialist

Zahra Moloo

ETC Group

Cassandra Smithies

Sculptor, Writer, Translator

Nnimmo Bassey

HOMEFoundation

Alejandra Parra

Action Network for Environmental Rights (RADA)

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/10/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/22/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.