Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG) undertakes sustainable development initiatives for communities in rural and urban India.
In 1975, deeply influenced by the Chipko movement at home and the Stockholm Conference of 1972, a group of students, researchers and faculty of Gorakhpur University in Uttar Pradesh began talking ‘environment’. They worked together as a group to make efforts to preserve the local environment and conserve natural resources.
That’s how the idea that is GEAG was conceived. Soon, we were in the thick of local awareness and environmental education campaigns; we stood in solidarity with various contemporary national and international environmental movements; and we gradually widened our ideological horizons.
Since then, GEAG has been positively impacting the lives and livelihoods of several vulnerable communities, such as small-marginal and woman farmers and urban poor citizens and children, through intensive work on agriculture-based livelihoods, climate change resilience, disaster risk reduction, and health, water and sanitation. In all these years, GEAG has emerged as a renowned resource organisation working in several states in India, especially in the northern region.