Gaia was the Greek Mother Earth. The name pre-dates classical Greek. She was the mother of all and arrived with air, sea and sky.

The Gaia hypothesis proposes that organisms interact with their inorganic surroundings on Earth to form a self-regulating, complex system that contributes to maintaining the conditions for life on the planet. The hypothesis was formulated by scientists James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis in the 1970s.

The word Gaia is sometimes used as a substitute for Mother Nature.

Gaia Preservation Coalition


A gathering place for people who consciously acknowledge the human predicament and who seek with others its resolution through the creation and exploration of ideas and actions that move Humanity toward a more harmonious relationship within Gaia.


The organization started in Toronto Ontario in 1990 as a monthly discussion group with an occasional guest speaker. The GPC Purpose, Goals and the 12 Personal Principles were developed at that time. The 12 Personal Gaia Principles were recited at the beginning of each meeting. Although written about 25 years ago, The Goals and Principles remain valid and are linked below.

The group later became an email discussion group and established this web page. No significant projects were initiated by the group because none seemed adequate to deal with the growing human predicament.

The Paradigm Junction Project is our first initiative. The project intent is to envision, develop and articulate the structure and socio/political/economic framework for a future Blue Planet Governance. The synopsis of a booklet linked leads to an example of an envisioned regional/global governance system. The envisioned scenario is shown 50 years after a significant paradigm change, where widespread grass roots initiatives motivated regional governments to form a central chaordic organization called the United Regions (UR). The purpose of UR is to administer a worldwide government for our small blue planet and to be interactive with the founding regions in providing good governance with the long term goal of moving humanity to a more harmonious relationship within Gaia.

The power of envisioning is to free our mind of the destitution of today’s warring nations with expansionist economic systems and a human ecological footprint far beyond the carrying capacity of our small blue planet. Envisioning enables us to design a governance system using existing first class management procedures with a deep understanding of science and human nature, guided by energy and environmental realities.

Just how humanity could reach a sustainability-drive government is unpredictable, but it will likely be chaotic.

Today there are thousands of change initiatives at work, such as separatist movements, regional currency advocates and environmental protection organizations. If leaders of these grass roots initiatives had a common shared vision of what good global governance could be like, it would be useful for them today in forging cross-disciplinary bonds in order to gain the benefits of synergy as integral parts of a more complex system begin to blend together with a common long term goal of Blue Planet Governance.

      Synopsis of the Paradigm Junction web booklet

      Overview of the 050APC approach

GPC Goals

1. Communicate the principles, goals, and hopes of the Coalition to members of society through regular meetings in every community, focusing on discussion, learning, and mutual support.

2. Support each other in ways which enable us to risk examining the basis of our non-viable ways of thinking, assessing such thinking patterns, and evaluating their adequacy (appropriateness) in the context of long-term viability.

3. Promulgate the concept that every individual's human activity contributes to the deterioration of Earth's burdened life-sustaining systems; and that 'you' and 'I' have inherited a personal moral imperative to acknowledge and to assist in correction of the anomaly of human overpopulation - here, in our industrial homeland and elsewhere.

4. Thwart the man-made forces of pronatalism and patriarchy which stem from tradition within cultures, religions, families, or from the state; thereby to fertilize the concept and the right of 'freedom of conscience to not procreate'.

5(a). Facilitate the emergence of a shared paradigm through a cross-disciplinary forum with diverse specialists, cognizant of and sensitive to traditional wisdom, who can contribute to a plan of action which can/must adequately guide the earth-human community toward a viable, creative, and continuous future. The icon of this paradigm will be Gaia.

5(b). Articulate that plan of action into terms which, if adopted by a social movement or by a political party, would represent the basis for constitutional changes which could lead toward a sustainable civilization.

5(c). Provide a heading for social change though a sketch - vision - outline - of what conditions might be like within that sustainable civilization in that distant desirable future. And it will contain specific constitutional changes which need to be applied today to alter today's course of self-destruction. And it will provide the physical framework for the social movement - something that people can belong to, to be a part of, to find comfort in a shared paradigm of realistic hope where TEAM Spirit can grow.

Personal Gaia Principles

Principle 1: Acknowledge that uncontrolled human population growth in conjunction with the unrestrained consumption of earth resources have brought about a crisis that threatens all life on earth. To work toward establishing an equilibrium of nature in which all life and future generations can enjoy and share the fruits of this unique planet.

Principle 2: Recognize that humans suffer individually and collectively from foibles which may blind our objectivity regarding an unpleasant reality (Sacred Cow Syndrome). By interacting with fellow humans we can help each other recognize, acknowledge, and understand these weaknesses, enabling us to deal with unpleasant reality.

Principle 3: Modify our personal expectations in life from expectations based on the past, to expectations consistent with a sustainable future.

Principle 4: Assume responsibility for personal change because in a free society no government or world-wide organization can force upon us the required behavioral and attitudinal changes. Personal long-lasting freedom requires personal responsibility and compromise.

Principle 5: Be undaunted by the enormity of the task at hand and to work around problems that cannot be dealt with effectively and immediately.

Principle 6: Establish the common good as the highest priority, while preserving individual human freedom and rights where possible. The long-term well-being of Gaia will be the primary consideration.

Principle 7: Work toward living within our global means with regard to energy usage and to recycle consumer goods rather than extract non-renewable resources from Earth.

Principle 8: Work toward the elimination of man-made classification barriers that have historically caused conflict between groups of humans.

Principle 9: Work for the maintenance of the democratic process in countries where the democratic process is functional, and to bring about change within the rule of law.

Principle 10: Recognize that humans must become stewards of the planet, but that stewardship does not make humans superior to other life forms.

Principle 11: Lobby governments to assess all legislation considering the full dimension of time, including life on Earth in the distant future.

Principle 12: Accept personal responsibility, and to help in one's own way toward communication of the GAIA PRINCIPLES, either individually or collectively to others both at home and abroad.

Contact Us

Don Chisholm
2070 County Rd. 8
RR # 4 Picton, Ontario
K0K 2T0
phone: 1 613 476 1700