From SourceWatch
Jump to navigation Jump to search

ECOLOGIA "developed out of the dominant historical event of the second half of the 20th Century, the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. Our founding board members and staff grew up during this era, struggling with its threats and its realities. In the late 1980s, when the Soviet Union opened up, the opportunities for peaceful citizen diplomacy energized our earliest work.

"ECOLOGIA (ECOlogists Linked for Organizing Grassroots Initiatives and Action) was founded by grassroots environmental activists from the United States, in 1989, in order to support grassroots environmental initiatives across the Soviet Union and eastern Europe. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), especially environmental ones, were playing an important role in the political, social, and economic transitions of the time. From our base in Northeastern Pennsylvania, ECOLOGIA's founding staff and board members traveled frequently to these countries between 1988 and 1991. Working without any pre-determined agenda, we found common ground with leaders of emerging environmental organizations. We began by listening, designing programs that responded to practical needs identified by our new-found colleagues, and initiating our partnerships with small projects that achieved concrete results." [1]


ECOLOGIA projects have been made possible thanks to the generous support of: [2]


Accessed November 2007: [3]





Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. History and Background, ECOLOGIA, accessed November 28, 2007.
  2. Funding and Partnerships, ECOLOGIA, accessed November 28, 2007.
  3. Staff, ECOLOGIA, accessed November 28, 2007.