The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization is a non-profit, non-partisan, issue-oriented organization. Our members come from all walks of life, from all cultures, races and religious backgrounds, all motivated by a common cause, to reverse the dwindling spiral of life on Earth, and create a healthy habitable Planet on which all life flourishes and prospers, and of which we can be proud. The Earth Organization’s international offices work in association with other environmental groups around the world in projects of mutual interest. One of these co-venture partners is The Earth Organization in the United States (a 501(c)3 corporation with non-profit status).
Who We Are
Mission Statement LAEO is an independent, grass roots, international non-profit, conservation and environment organization, with new solutions, committed to the creative, responsible rehabilitation of Planet Earth and the plant and animal kingdoms.
LAEO was founded by internationally acclaimed, South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony, who is well known for his remarkable 5½-month rescue initiative of the animals and staff in the Baghdad Zoo, early in the Iraqi War.
As a result of his experiences in Baghdad, as well as a searching look at the down-trending statistics of the natural world on our planet, Lawrence decided to found a unique, independent, science-based environmental organization dedicated to bringing effective, long-term solutions to the global problems we all face. One key aspect that sets LAEO apart is the understanding that, for a solution to truly be a workable, long-term answer, it must address and benefit by far the greater number of elements involved in any situation, including Mankind?s global expansion, commerce, industry, people, jobs, other plants and animals, etc; not just a single aspect of the problem or a particular species.
We are pro business, pro expanding economy, pro jobs, pro people, in addition to being pro wildlife and environment.
When taking on projects, we:
Our Operating Principle
We have conceived a new term to describe the basic principles on which we operate:
Cooperative Ecology (CoEco) (noun) - defined as the study of the mutual interdependency and cooperation of all life forms and the material world. It is based on the premise that all life forms are interdependent and engaged upon the same objective - to survive - and are acting in mutual support of this objective for their mutual perpetuation. The moment life forms, including man, fall away from the concept of mutual cooperation with all other life forms and the material world, their capability to survive diminishes and becomes less effective. It includes the study of man's sciences in view of this cooperative relationship of all life forms and it determines the value of sciences on these principles. Whether sciences bring about a steady improvement for life forms and the material world or whether they create imbalances determines to what degree the sciences, themselves, are cooperating with life and, thereby, their relative value. The study includes, as well, ecological and economic policy and their effects based on these principles. It is holistic, by necessity, and requires the interaction with, and study of, the full spectrum of scientific methods and views, all life forms and their interrelationships, micro to macro economic, governmental, religious and population systems and their relations to each other on the environment.
The objective of Cooperative Ecology is to generate improved science and policy that increase the survival potential and productivity for all interdependent life to a level of balanced abundance guaranteeing mutual perpetuity. To coecologize or to coeco (verb) - to bring into cooperation, harmonize, make aware of the mutual interdependency of all life and the physical world, and, thereby, bring about cooperation and mutual supportive existence.
Derivation: Eco - Late Latin oeco - household, from Greek oiko house, and cooperate, from Late Latin cooperari, from Latin co- with + operari, to work.
Some of Our Projects
We currently have 17 chapters around the world: South Africa, USA, Canada, Hungary, France, Italy, England, Zambia, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Togo, and Cameroon, with more chapters forming up. Each chapter is involved in local projects such as addressing pollution and water issues, reforestation, introducing effective technologies to resolve environmental situations, as well as environmental and conservation education.
The following are examples of some of the key projects we have completed or are currently working on: