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For questions about GAIA email: 

gaia.usa @ gaia-movement.org

 

Gaia Main Office:

8918 S. Green St., Chicago, Il 60620

Phone#: 773-651-7870

Other Gaia Locations:

Portland, OR: 503-577-0589

Kentucky: 316-293-6467

Indiana: 773-651-7870

 


Rewear, Reuse, Recycle

You put your clothing and shoes in a Gaia Movement collection box. Once a week (or more often), we collect the clothing from the boxes. Read more...

Gaia School Program

Gaia provides free environmental educational programs and works to promote sustainable practices like the reuse of clothes by placing Gaia Clothes Collection Bins with schools throughout Chicago. Read more...

Urban Gardening

Over the past few years Gaia has planted flowers, bushes and trees around our ware house facility. This has provided living space for birds and other animals. Read more...

Take Action

The Gaia Movement USA encourages all people to understand their impact on the environment. - Read more...
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International projects

Below you will find parts of Annual Report from Gaia Movement TRUST in Switzerland. Gaia Movement TRUST is an umbrella for different entities, who want to support environmental projects in parts of the world where global warming and climate change have hit the hardest due to lack of resources. Gaia USA is donating its surplus here and is thus often times in partnership with bigger funds such as World Bank, UNICEF, Johnson & Johnson and many others. Below are examples from the years 2013-2015. Many projects overlap more than one year. GAIA US has contributed since 2002 and has in total been involved with more than 35 different projects.

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS

Gaia has donated a total of $600,000+ to environmental projects in Africa and India. Gaia has co-funded 31 different projects with this money. We can do that because the funds from Gaia USA work as a tiebreaker to larger funds from f.eks. EU, Connect, World Bank, British Waterloo Foundation, Several Dutch Foundations.

Examples of projects where Gaia USA has co-funded with larger funding entities are:

1. Mopane Restoration Project, Namibia

2. Miombo Woodlands, Bilibiza

3. Cerado Biodiversity, Brazil

4. Information work/ Research and Development, Switzerland  

5. Total Water Projects, Gwembe, Zimbabwe

6.Total Waterproject, Mazabuka, Zambia

7. Pumps for Trees, Zimbabwe

8. Harit Sankalp, Green Action, India

9. Gaia activities at 10 Village Schools, Zaire Province

10. Gaia activities at 30 Village Schools, Mozambique

11. Food Security Project, Soyo, Angola

12. Connect International Project, Zambia

13. EU integrated Water & Sanitation Project, Southern Zambia

14. Pumps for Trees, Goromonzi, Zimbabwe

15. Pumps for Life, Zambia

16. Environment & Living Conditions in Peri-Urban Kinshasa, Congo 

17. Selling 2000 affordable Solar Lamps, Mozambique

18. Eco-service Center, Tamil Nadu, India

19. Biofuels for Development, Guinea Bissau

20. Green Action Project, Ghaziabad, India

21. Solar Energy, Uttar Pradesh, India

22. Connect International Project in Mozambique and Zambia

23. TAZAMO (Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique) Water & Sanitation Project

24. Community Development with Solar Illumination, India

25. Jatropha oil for local development in Mozambique

26. Solar Power to 25,000 people in Quissanga District, Capo Delgado, Mozambique

27. Biogas to institutions in Capo Delgado Province, Mozambique

28. Solar Power to 1200 people in Changalane/Namaacha District, Mozambique

29. Research & Development to raise funds for Green Pumps in Malawi

30. Research & Development to raise funds for “Training Farmers for Green Action”, Mozmabique

31. Publishing of the book “40 Green Actions”

 

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Our approach of saving the environment by diverting clothes from the landfill while working to help those who are most affected by global warming is part of a strategy to restore balance to the Earth. It is an approach that embraces environmental stewardship, while acknowledging the link between social and ecological progress.

This combination of recycling and development is what makes Gaia Movement USA, a truly unique environmental organization. Gaia continues to financially support ongoing environmental
projects in Africa and India.

Below is a description of some projects we are helping to fund.

Co-funding of Connect International Project in Mozambique and Zambia

Gaia has introduced and made available low cost technologies to improve access to water and basic sanitation to 3,000 water points, 6,000 latrines, and 20,000 filters for household water treatment. The project reaches 1 million people and helps to raise awareness on how to prevent water borne illness.

Co-funding Pumps for Life in Zambia

Gaia has supported this project since 2008. The purpose is to improve income generation, livelihood, and the environment for 5,000 households in 250 village action groups through technology and training.

The project actions include production of simple low-cost water pumps for wells, training local pump installers and maintainers, training in water-efficient farming methods, and training of agricultural committees.

Biofuels Projects in Guinea-Bissau

The project mobilizes, trains, and organizes farmers to significantly improve productivity and food security while contributing to the economic growth of the local economy.

The pilot project is underway in Guinea Bissau. The objectives after three years are as follows: 

  • Average 10% to 15% increase in income among 1,500 households. 
  • 25% of households will have an increase in health and well being.
  • 25,000 jatropha trees planted.
  • First 10 tons of jatropha or other oil seeds collected and processed to oil.
  • 1,000 liter of fuel substituted with biofuel.
  • 10 biofuel based equipment mounted or adapted.
  • 1,500 farmers trained in seed selection, planting and production. Plus an additional 100
    farmers took courses in biofuel marketing.
  • 20 students trained at the vocational school in biofuel technique.
  • 30 agricultural extension workers received short courses in jatropha growing and biofuel
    technique.
  • About 25% of the farmers have increased diversification of crops and a 15% increase in
    average in marketing of farm production.

The project and its successes will be considered as a model for farmers in other communities and regions to follow. Over the years, te project will hopefully create a surplus, which will be invested in further expansion in the import of biofuel equipment, the planting of new areas for jatropha, new waste processing equipment to produce biogas. Moreover, biofuel production techniques will become more commonly known and will become a regular component in agricultural development programs for the future.

Eco-Service Center in Tamil Nadu, India

In 2009, Gaia supported the establishment of the Eco-Service Center which provides agricultural services for the community. The local farmers get assistance to establish new ways of producing crops as well as new water and energy saving techniques. The Center has reached 1,500 people from 5 different villages. Fiver farmers clubs and five women self help groups have been established due to this project.

In addition, this project has enabled community based groups and individual farmers to learn environmentally friendly farming technologies, methods for conservation of water, water saving irrigation techniques and methods. There has been an increase in income generation and crop production for the farmers who have applied the methods taught at the Center. The Center has helped improve the quality of life for people living in the villages since they now have easy access to healthy food through the garden farms that have been established.

Green Action Project in Bhinkanpur Village, Ghaziabad District, India

The Green Action Project mission is to empower the poor farming communities in five different villages by assisting them to form community organizations while trying to connect them to credit facilities and government programs. The project also educates villages on how to establish organic farming and how to generate income from the sale of vegetables. Villages are also taught the benefits of eating organic vegetables and composting. All project staff members conduct meetings with Farmer's Club members and villagers to discuss new agricultural technologies with help from experts who organize training programs and help them obtain various forms of government funding.

In addition, the project has planted hundreds of tree saplings in villages, school campuses, and around ponds to help combat air pollution and soil erosion.

Solar Energy Projects in Uttar Pradesh, India

The project is installing solar charging stations and training Self Help Groups, supporting women to improve their livelihood by teaching them how to become entrepreneurs. The project is also providing environmental education programs including tree planting actions with children and youth-- teaching them to become environmental stewards.

Overall, this project has reached more than 35,000 people providing them with clean energy and educating them on current environmental issues such as global warming and climate change.

 

 

  • Recycling is Good for the Environment The U.S It takes less energy to create new items from recycled materials than it does to create new products from raw materials. Mining minerals and milling trees into lumber requires vast amounts of energy. Recycling allows us to reuse materials many times to conserve natural resources while creating the products we use in our everyday lives. Extracting materials from mines or forests is done far from the place where goods are consumed; however recycling starts in your own home. Gathering recyclables and reprocessing them into feedstock for future products is done locally by people who live, work and spend money in their own communities. Burning garbage or throwing waste into landfills produces byproducts that pollute the environment. Runoff from landfills and metals like mercury find their way into streams, rivers and oceans, fish, and eventually into human beings, harming our health.

     

    Why should we care about Landfills?The U.S. has 3,091 active landfills and over 10,000 old municipal landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. However, in the "good old days," every town (and many businesses and factories) had its own dump.  There are 39,044 general purpose local governments in the United States - 3,043 county governments and 36,001 sub-county general purpose governments (towns & townships). One suspects that there are many more old and abandoned commercial, private, and municipal dumps than the 10,000 estimated by the EPA.

    All landfills could require remediation, but particularly landfills built in the last 60 years will require thorough clean-up due to the disposal of highly toxic chemicals manufactured and sold since the 1940's.

     

  • Greening your kitchen

    Kitchens are a major source of harm for the environment. Often times, it is a place where food is wasted, water is used in abundance and energy is used in excess. Thus, when attempting to make changes to go green, it is important to evaluate the practices one is using in his or her kitchen and make applicable changes.

     

    Eco-friendly cleaning products

    Green cleaning techniques and products avoid the use of chemically reactive and toxic cleaning products which contain various toxic chemicals, some of which emit volatile organic compounds causing respiratory, dermatological and other conditions. Green cleaning can also describe the way residential and industrial cleaning products are manufactured, packaged and distributed. If the manufacturing process is environmentally friendly and the products are biodegradable, then the term "green" or "eco-friendly" may apply.

    Green cleaning is behavioral as well as simply using healthy and environmentally friendly products. Consumers are being made aware of the ways in which green cleaning is most-effectively used. In fact, more emphasis these days is being placed on microfiber technology which eliminates the need for chemical cleaning supplies, or even green cleaners. Just water alone and a quality microfiber cloth can eliminate over 99% of bacteria from hard surfaces. Using very hot water or steam cleaning is also and effective method without chemicals simply by heat-treating the surface.

  • Your carbon footprint Footprints offer clues about where we came from and where we're headed. Their impressions tell us something about the animals that leave them. But while actual footprints offer details on size, weight and speed, carbon footprints measure how much carbon dioxide (CO2) we produce just by going about our daily lives. A drive to work, a flip of a light switch and a flight out of town all rely on the combustion of fossil fuels like oil, coal and gas. When fossil fuels burn, they emit greenhouse gases like CO2 that contribute to global warming. Ninety-eight percent of atmospheric CO2 comes from the combustion of fossil fuels.

     

    The lungs of Earth

    Tropical rainforests are often called the "lungs of the planet" because they generally draw in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. But the amount of carbon dioxide that rainforests absorb, or produce, varies hugely with year-to-year variations in the climate. Rainforests do play a key role in the global ecosystem. Some experts are now calling them the "air conditioners to the world," because their dark depths absorb heat from the sun. Without the forest cover, these regions would reflect more heat into the atmosphere, warming the rest of the world. Losing the rainforests may also have a profound effect on global wind and rainfall patterns, potentially causing droughts throughout the United States and other areas.

    The act of deforestation itself affects the environment as a whole. Roughly 30 percent of the carbon dioxide released in the air (a leading cause of global warming) comes from burning the rainforests.

     

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    Here is something you can feel good about:

    Every pound of clothes donated saves 8.8 lbs of CO2!

    Help save the Environment

    By donating gently used (or even new) clothes you contribute to the good health of our planet. Production of new cotton as well as other textile fibers puts a strain on the environment: To produce 1 lb. of clothes -that is 1 pair of trousers - requires on average:

     10,000 lb. of water
     0.5 lb. of fertilizers
     0.4 oz. of pesticides

    and results in emissions of:
     6 lb. of greenhouse gases

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    The Gaia Movement USA encourages all people to understand their impact on the environment. Whether you realize it or not, your purchases, bathing habits, food choices, and other decisions all have an effect on the planet. Because of this, Gaia advises citizens to read up on how to reduce their carbon footprint and therefore help to preserve the long-term stability of the environment.

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    In order to make recycling as successful as possible, you need to take the time to sort recyclables into separate containers. Here’s why. Each type of recyclable material must undergo a different process to prepare it to be used again, so items will need to be sorted at some point. If your recyclables are all mixed up with the garbage, it makes it more difficult for trash companies to sort and it’s likely that many recyclable items will get lost amidst the waste, ending up in the landfill.

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General Information

 The Gaia Movement USA, is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. We started in 1999 in Illinois and we are currently also active in Indiana, Kentucky, and Oregon.
Our mission is to create awareness about the plight of the environment, to educate the public about caring for our planet, humanity and the environment, to run recycling operations and to support environmental projects and programs locally and globally.