EARTH CHILD INSTITUTE INC

Rating: 4.74 stars   35 reviews

Issues: Education, International

Location: 777 United Nations Plaza Concourse level New York NY 10017 USA

Mission: Earth Child Institute is programmatic hub dedicated to the ‘children and environment’ of our world. This broad scope is based on the premise that any action taken to protect and restore the environment will benefit today’s children and future generations… and that children and young people who recognize the interconnectedness of all things and feel empowered in their own ability to think and act in harmony with the Earth will benefit the environment. A win-win scenario… empowering today for a sustainable tomorrow.It is a ‘hub’ because we build bridges and bonds between and across sectors, structures, countries, programmes, projects and levels of awareness toward the inclusion and empowerment of today’s children and young people. Whether you are a Government minister seeking to ensure that the rights, needs and capabilities of children are reflected in your National Adapation Plan for Action (NAPA) to address climate change; a UN agency seeking to support the participation of children in an intergovernmental event or process; a private sector organization seeking a win-win scenario for corporate social responsibility which will improve the lives of children; an NGO wanting to network with other ‘like-minded’ NGOs to share best practices and lessons learned; a classroom teacher or youth facilitator looking for participatory resource materials; or a 12 year old girl or boy looking for ways to get involved… the Earthchild Institute is ready to meet your needs.All Earthchild programmes and materials are designed with three key goals in mind:Individual Empowerment and Personal AccountabilityCommunity Values and Social ActionPlanetary Stewardship and Clobal Interconnectedness Our intention is to motivate children, young people and the influential adults in their lives (including policymakers, teachers, youth leaders, parents, medical professionals, etc) to get involved on many different levels of awareness, advocacy and action to address the global challenges of water scarcity, energy security, climate change and environmental degradation. Although global in magnitude, these challenges are largely experienced at community-levels, where children, young people and their families live.
Results: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lvc4VoEJV2E http://www.climate-change.tv/donna-goodman-and-coralie-norris-december-2010?where=cancun-cop16-un-climate-change-conference-2010 Donna Goodman from the Earth Child Institute discusses Article 6 within the negotiations. She notes the few funds allocated to children's issues, and explains that they are here to advocate for improved finance. Coralie Norris, from Haiti, shows how children can help be the solution to the problems.
Target demographics: 2.2 billion children and young people under the age of 18 on Earth today.
Geographic areas served: ECI is now working with partners in Brazil, Nepal, Ghana, Nigeria, Qatar, Togo and the USA
Programs: 2.2 Billion: Power of One Child + One Tree Campaign was launched at COP15 in Copenhagen on 9 December. Funds raised by the campaign are earmarked to support tree planting by children and young people at Power of One Schools in Ethiopia, Benin and Brazil and endowment of the Earth Child Institute Small Grants Programme for Kids which will be introduced at the International Children's Climate Change Conference in Brasilia, Brazil, June 2010. The campaign and programme for implementation has been endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme's Plant for the Planet: The Billion Tree Campaign, World YMCA and UNICEF as an effective mechanism to support the world's children as they combat climate change making a significant contribution to the offset of global deforestation.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is one NGO that's really doing it: working on the UN level, global South-South communication, integrating new technologies, and focusing on local, youth environmental action. ECI clearly envisions a very exciting and globally supporting future that we shoudl all strive for.

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Clearer communication on the Website about activities.

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2013

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Finding an organization that is doing the work to connect kids with the Earth, with nature, have a voice, and connect internationally is rare. Earth Child Institute does this, are working hard to get better, and deserve a shot and really connecting their cause with more opportunities to flourish.

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Rating: 4 stars  

While many non-profits share the goal of engaging youth in global environmental conservation, very few do so as directly and creatively as Earth Child Institute (ECI). ECI has a noble, relevant mission and enormous potential to have an even greater impact. It has a dedicated and resourceful team allowing ECI to particulate in many global environmental initiatives. Most important to me, ECI has provided numerous opportunities for NYU Environmental Conservation Education graduate students and alums to gain valuable experience with its many projects. I know ECI can continue to develop and achieve even greater things.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I work to engage children and youth in the "OLYMP-I-A" challenge, the practice of generating daily positive ideas and actions for green-living (and health and peace). The Earth Child Institute (ECI) has collaborated with the "OLYMP-I-A" to introduce the OLYMP-I-A challenge to children in Ghana and other countries. The collaboration is highlighted on ECI's new website at http://www.earthchildinstitute.org/the-olymp-i-a-challenge/. I am so impressed with the Earth Child Institute's leadership and staff and their openness to creative approaches, partnerships, and collaborations to empower children to make a better world. I have been fortunate to meet and partner with ECI and look forward to future joint endeavors. ECI is making a difference in children's lives and was instrumental in bringing the "power of one child" message to the recent Rio+20 conference in Brazil.

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Earth Child Institute (ECI) is a leader and pioneer for environmental education and is dedicated to supporting children in fostering a relationship with nature and their local environment. ECI is an inspiring nonprofit because it is one of the global leaders engaging children around the world on issues of sustainability, environmental health and innovative ideas to protect and support their local resources and environmental systems.
In a time when concerns of “nature deficit disorder” and children’s general detachment from nature is prominent, I can’t think of anything more important than teaching children and youth to better care for their environment and empowering them with lifeskills that promote greater participation, voice and inner strength. Such objectives and skills are essential for the coming generation, especially at a time when the earth they are inheriting needs substantial protection and care. I believe children are natural environmental stewards and am grateful for organizations like ECI that provide environmental education and interactive and engaging activities that bring children outdoors and foster their natural inquisitive and curious nature.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Rating: 4 stars  



Earth Child Institute INC has helped our team at Earth Child Institute Ghana to start working in rural schools and local communities and have assisted us with human resource and materials on climate change and WASH related activities which has helped us to organize training programs for both the pupils, teachers and local communities in the mfansiman district. Introduction of the Power of One Child Global Action Classroom by Earth Child Institute Inc has provided the kids in Ghana the opportunity to learn from kids in other countries via digitally and this has gone a long way to expose the kids about environmental practices in other countries and how they can improve their practices in Ghana.



Earth Child Institute Inc is an important partner for ECI Ghana to implement and create opportunitie for kids at basic and elementary schools in local communities to demonstrate ownership of processes and initiatives to address local environmental challenges. This has enabled and empowered the kids who have planted trees and watered them daily which has been dubbed ONE CHILD + ONE TREE to instill environmental friendly lifestyles among the youth as future leaders and thereby helping to reduce greenhouse gas emitting practices among Ghanaians.


With ECI Ghana, Earth Child Institute Inc helps to deliver global environmental benefits such as natural resource management, biodiversity conservation and environmental education. Almost all projects have capacity building components and has empowered the kids to be environmental ambassadors in their respective schools and local communities.

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Earth Child Institute started out as a project at Global Education Associates, UNNGO, to focus on children's education and participation as global citizens. Donna Goodman has nurtured ECI into a great nonprofit that now has their own UN NGO status, a tribute to the global importance of their work and influence. ECI ensures children's leadership on global and local levels not as leaders for tomorrow but today's leaders. The organization is a model of leadership excellence, changing the thinking that children should not be taken seriously into empowering children to be heard at United Nations conferences and locally as key stake holders in finding solutions. Namaste!!! Ann

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Rating: 5 stars  

ECI does an outstanding work! I like especially their campaign THE POWER OF ONE CHILD + ONE TREE= A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR ALL.

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I love Earth Child's Institute's campaign to plant a tree for every child on earth. They have certificates you can purchase in honor of new babies - the perfect gift for kids with more than they need and the planet!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Earth Child Institute is pursuing a cause that ensure we live a sustainably today and tomorrow. the work of ECI inspires me because of their style, approach and understanding of what they do. I recommend that many other organisation should take a clue from ECI in order to enhance their impact and reach.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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2012

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I have dedicated 2012 to raise money for Earth Child Institute. I am very impressed with the passion they have for their work. It has been a pleasure to work with the staff, and director Donna Goodman, who have been so supportive and keep me updated on where my donations are going and how my monies are already making a difference. Earth Child is very appreciative of my efforts and makes me feel like an important member of their team. I have the utmost respect for the important work Earth Child is doing for our planet and our children and look forward to a long relationship with this agency.

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