In 1984, Ed co-founded the Gaia Foundation and provided his home in north London as the office. It still remains the base of most Gaia meetings and evening talks to this day. It has become a home away from home for many of Gaia’s visiting partners, community leaders, trustees, advisors and allies. It is a safe haven for their work for justice and viable alternatives and has been a vital part of nurturing our ‘affectionate alliances’. In 2007, Ed was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for ‘services to the Gaia Foundation’. Ed is also Trustee of the Wilderness Foundation UK, the Wilderness Leadership School South Africa and the Green Belt Movement International.