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Green Cross International

Mikhail Gorbachev

Founding President and Member of the Board


Green Cross International

"We desperately need to recognize that we are the guests not the masters of nature and adopt a new paradigm for development, based on the costs and benefits to all people, and bound by the limits of nature herself rather than the limits of technology and consumerism"


Founded and chaired by Mikhail Gorbachev, Green Cross International (GCI) is one of the few organizations focusing its attention on the crucial nexus between security, poverty, and the environment.                                                    
GCI engages in the world’s fundamental issues such as provision of safe water, sustainable and renewable energy, prevention and resolution of conflicts arising from environmental degradation, and assistance to people affected by environmental consequences of conflicts and natural disasters.                             
The GCI Board of Directors includes such distinguished personalities as Wangari Maathai, Robert Redford, Mario Soares, Ted Turner and Jean-Michel Cousteau to name a few.














Our areas of activity

- Promotes legal, ethical and behavioral norms that ensure basic changes in the values, actions and attitudes of government, the private sector and civil society, necessary to build a sustainable global community

- Prevents and resolves conflicts arising from environmental degradation

- Provides assistance to people affected by the environmental consequences of wars and conflicts

Its commitment in the Arctic

 The commitment of Green Cross, its national chapters and executives to the protection of the poles dates back a long way. In fact as early as 1987, Bertrand Charrier, the current Vice President of Green Cross International, was side by side with Captain Cousteau in an international campaign to protect Antarctica. In 1991, they brought a youth group there to sensitize the world to the importance of protecting the white continent for Future Generations. Spurred on by Australia and France, the International Community reacted and the treaty of Madrid, designed to insure the protection of Antarctica, was drafted in 1991 and entered into force in 1998. In July 2007, first summer of the International Polar Year, Green Cross France was the main partner in the Sagax Revo expedition to Greenland.















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