GAIA’S greatest strength lies in our membership, which includes leading organizations working at the intersection of environmental protection, sustainable development, and human rights.

GAIA members can be grassroots groups, nonprofit organizations, or alliances of groups working actively on waste issues. As a general rule GAIA does not accept groups with clear conflicts of interests, such as political organizations or businesses. However, social enterprises whose work are aligned with GAIA’s mission and vision, promote initiatives that benefit their communities, and embody the principles of social and environmental justice in their operations may be allowed for membership. This may include worker-led organizations, livelihood collectives, and worker-owned cooperatives. We particularly value the participation of wastepicker/recycling/composting collectives or unions.

GAIA’s Mission:

GAIA is a worldwide alliance of grassroots organizations, non-governmental organizations, and individuals who recognize that our planet’s finite resources, fragile biosphere and the health of people and other living beings are endangered by polluting and inefficient production practices and health-threatening disposal methods.

We oppose incinerators, landfills, and other end-of-pipe interventions.

Our ultimate vision is a just, toxic-free world without incineration. Our goal is clean production and the creation of a closed-loop, materials-efficient economy where all products are reused, repaired or recycled back into the marketplace or nature.

GAIA membership request forms:

Below you can find the membership request forms for Organizations, Networks and Alliances, and supporting individuals. Please make sure that you have read and accepted GAIA’s Mission and Member Agreements.

Due to a large volume of requests, membership applications for the Africa, Asia-Pacific and US/Canada regions will be reviewed quarterly on January, April, July and October (on the 15th of each month).