About Us

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


Vision: Global Justice Ecology Project 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.

Strategies: 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.


Philosophy of Activism:

-     Win. 

-     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.

   Be efficient and effective.


Values: Global Justice Ecology Project believes in 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 voice 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.


Our programs:

No Genetically Engineered Trees Program:  We launched our work to protect forests, biodiversity and rural communities from the potentially catastrophic impacts of GE trees in 2004. 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.  nogetrees.org


Media Programs: 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 (produced in Los Angeles and syndicated in New York and Washington, DC) since November 2009, producing weekly "Earth Minutes," as well as weekly "Earth Watch" interviews on important environmental news.  We also host a New Voices on Climate Change speakers bureau, and produce the highly regarded news service Climate Connections: climate-connections.org.

Langelle Photography: This program uses the power of photojournalism to expose social and ecological injustice. The purpose 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

History: 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.

Anne Petermann

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Orin Langelle

Board Chair
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Sara Sullivan

Executive Assistant
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Will Bennington

Development Associate
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Keith Brunner

Media & Communications Associate
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Soren Ambrose

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Hallie Boas

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Dr. Aziz Choudry

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Hiroshi Kanno

President; Board of Directors
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Ann Lipsitt

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Karen Pickett

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Will Miller

Board Member in memoriam
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Clayton Thomas-Muller

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News on our Programs
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Air Pollutants From Biomass Burning Exceeds Coal
4/04/2014 3:50 am

GMO tree plan grows controversy in Espanola, New Mexico
3/28/2014 12:06 pm

Forest scientists seek help with new Eucalyptus pest
3/16/2014 2:41 pm

Press Releases see all

Industry Hype & Misdirected Science Undercuts Real Energy/Climate Solutions: Genetically Engineering Poplars for Paper and Biofuels Condemned
4/09/2014 4:40 am

Publications see all

The Green Shock Doctrine: Parts I and II
11/03/2013 4:27 am

The Defender: Genetically Engineered Trees On the Horizon?
4/01/2014 5:03 am

Global Justice Ecology Project
Home Office
266 Elmwood Avenue, Suite 307
Buffalo, NY 14222
Burlington, VT Desk
PO Box 152
Burlington, VT 05402 USA