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Goongerah Environment Centre Office (GECO) is a grass roots group fighting for protection of East Gippsland’s forests. Based in the small town of Goongerah in far East Gippsland Victoria, since 1993 we have campaigned for ancient forests under threat from logging using education and public awareness, political lobbying, non-violent direct action, citizen science and forest monitoring. We live and work on the stolen lands of the Gunaikurnai and Bidewell and Monero people, where sovereignty was never ceded. We pay respect to the thousands of years of their ongoing custodianship of the land.
GECO is a non-hierarchical organisation. We are a group of individuals involved in collective action to protect East Gippsland’s old growth forests and to support actions happening around Australia and the world.
We support Non Violent Direct Action
We receive no government funding. GECO and our campaigns rely on our own fundraising and donations.
We practice consensus decision making that encourages and respects pluralism of opinion.
We seek to minimise our impact on the earth and Refuse, Reuse, Reduce and Recycle.
We aim to use gender neutral language and behave with an awareness of gender issues. Sexual Harassment and verbal or physical violence towards others is not accepted.
We advocate the development and adoption of a diversified regional economy for East Gippsland for example, Nature-based Eco-tourism.
We advocate ethical investments, and consumer awareness.
We support the struggles of indigenous people worldwide to maintain their cultures and land – Indigenous Solidarity
We strive towards environmental and social justice. Our community values diversity and harmony and encourages viable models for social change. (sourced from website 2/11/2021)