A Universal Directory of Environmental Projects and Organizations

The solutions to the environmental crisis are all around us. Thousands of projects and organizations around the world together constitute a global movement to create a better future for the planet. WikiEarth aims to use mass collaboration to document these solutions in the form of a universal, searchable, editable directory of projects and organizations, available on the internet for free. WikiEarth’s mission is to help people who care about the environment learn about what others are doing, and facilitate their search for solutions, allies, and opportunities to engage.

WikiEarth articles will consist of three main components: 1) a brief description of the project or organization; 2) basic information such as location, type of organization, and keywords – fields that users can search in order to find the article; and 3) a link to a webpage for that project or organization where contact information is posted. Users can create or edit articles by filling out simple electronic forms – no advanced computer skills necessary. Articles may be created for nonprofit organizations, community groups, businesses, farms and ranches, government agencies, educational programs, university departments, religious organizations, intentional communities, magazines, radio shows, and beyond. Any active project or organization can be included, as long as it has a strong environmental focus and contact information posted on the internet.

WikiEarth will have enormous utility for many people, including activists, students, researchers, educators, journalists, policymakers, social entrepreneurs, and philanthropists. Anyone who wants to get involved with a particular issue can do a simple search (e.g. “urban farming in Chicago”) and immediately obtain a list of all the organizations engaged with that issue in that person’s city or region. Someone already involved with an organization could use the site to find out about organizations working on similar issues in other parts of the world (searching, for example, “marine conservation nonprofits in Australia”). Students researching environmental issues can contribute to the site and share their knowledge with the world. Imagine how useful such a resource would be as a virtual seedbank of ideas and a facilitating tool for engaging with issues and networking for change.

I am looking for collaborators. Please contact me and contribute your ideas and expertise to the development of this website, and help make this idea a reality.

Sam Hyson