Earth5R was founded in 2014 by Saurabh Gupta. Currently, Earth5R is the World’s largest citizen-led environmental movement.
ACT Global Project by Earth5R focuses on creating Zero Waste communities while reducing poverty and restoring the local ecosystem which aims to make localities sustainable by engaging citizens, volunteers, marginalized communities, governments and corporates into a comprehensive sustainable development program. A global community of 35,000 people from around the planet drive this mission. Earth5R has its presence in over 25 countries across the globe and is recognised as a UNESCO Green Citizens organisation.
The 5Rs of Earth5R refer to 5 Earth values: Respect, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Restore. The mission of ACT Global is to drive a sustainable change by empowering communities through social entrepreneurship, and by building a model of Action, Collaboration and Transformation (ACT). Earth5R specialises in sustainable development, with a specific focus on women and economic inclusion.
ACT Global project is based on four pillars: Sustainable Ecosystems, Sustainable Buildings, Sustainable Communities, and Sustainable Businesses. ACT Powai project was the starting point of this journey.
Under the ACT project Earth5R partners with local businesses, schools, institutes and citizens in the neighborhood to volunteer for various projects like clean-ups, tree plantations etc., educate and empower the local underprivileged community by generating livelihood programs and conducting skill-based activities fostering independence among them and also encourage these institutions to contribute towards a better neighborhood by participating in CSR activities.
A part of this is providing sports bags to children of underprivileged communities. Under this program, Earth5R employs the services of women from the local slums to stitch sports bags out of used and discarded denim, bed-covers and other waste material. These bags are then be distributed to the children of MCGM schools who are financially challenged to afford bags for carrying their sports gear.
Saurabh Gupta, Founder
Saurabh Gupta was blessed with appreciation from His Holiness The Dalai Lama for his work related to youth community on Project ‘Ganga to Nile’.
Since its foundation in November 2014, Earth5R has benefited 40,000 underprivileged families across India using upcycling based sustainable livelihood model.