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About GCC

Global Communications for Conservation, Inc. (GCC) is a New York-based not-for-profit organization that initiates, develops, and promotes environmental education programs in the United States, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. GCC also supports conservation initiatives and increases public awareness about our responsibilities to care for and preserve our environment. GCC fosters international dialogue on environmental issues and is predicated on the belief that sustainable development can be promoted through grass-roots education. Global awareness is facilitated through education programs, field projects and media attention.

With several hundred volunteers in locations around the world, GCC teaches environmental responsibility to children to help them become environmentally responsible adults. By raising awareness in virtually every arena of society, GCC is helping to improve the quality of life for both animals and humans on a global scale.

Laura Utley


Laura Utley, founder of GCC

GCC was established in 1989 by Laura Utley, fulfilling her lifelong dedication to conservation and ecological causes while combining 30 years of business experience. Utley's commercial pursuits and business contact worldwide have aided in her efforts to further these conservation initiatives. For the past 20 years, Ms. Utley has been involved in environmental conservation and wildlife protection efforts in the United States and throughout the world. Utley currently serves as President of the George Adamson/Tony Fitzjohn Africal Wildlife Trusts project in Tanzania, is co-founder and Board member of Ambassadors for Wildlife through Education, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife.

Safari Planet Earth Award

GCC established the Safari Planet Earth Award in 1994. The award is presented to individuals who have distinguished themselves in environmental protection and in promoting education aimed at sustainable development. Previous recipients have included: Jim Fowler, the wildlife correspondent for NBC's Today Show; and Betty Leslie-Melville, who founded the first educational nature sanctuary in East Africa dedicated to children's environmental education, and Madam Deng Nan, Vice Minister of the State Science and Technology Commission (SSTC) for the People's Republic of China.


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