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GreenNet began in 1986. Yes, 1986...a long time before the internet 'explosion' we are currently witnessing. GreenNet, unlike many other Internet Service Providers, is geared to the needs of non profit organisations, activists and people working for social change. In November 2001, GreenNet celebrated 15 years of work dedicated to supporting and promoting groups and individuals working for peace, human rights and the environment, through the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). You can read about our history here.


What is GreenNet?
What is a collective?
How did it all begin?
How can I support GreenNet?
Who uses GreenNet?
Why choose GreenNet?
How easy is it to join?
What services does GreenNet provide?
What account should I choose?
Can I tailor an account to suit my needs?
Who does GreenNet design web sites for?
What training courses are available?
Who are the training courses aimed at?
What do GreenNet users say?
Why choose GreenNet when I can use a free service?
How do I contact GreenNet?

What is GreenNet?

Established in 1986 as a not for profit collective, GreenNet is an Internet Service Provider dedicated to supporting and promoting groups and individuals working for peace, human rights and the environment through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). GreenNet, an active member of the NGO community, set up the GreenNet Educational Trust in 1994, a registered charity. Any profits from GreenNet’ s activities go into the GreenNet Educational Trust to support and promote the use of ICTs. GreenNet is a founding member of the only global network working for peace, human rights and the environment - the Association for Progressive Communications (APC).

What is a collective?

A collective organisation is one in which a group of people work together on the basis of equal benefit to all. There is no hierarchical structure, the organisation is jointly operated, with all staff members having equal decision making powers, and equal responsibility. In the case of the GreenNet collective, staff members do not benefit from GreenNet's profits, or have any shares in GreenNet. GreenNet is owned by the GreenNet Educational Trust (GET), a registered charity (registered charity no. 1037080). Any profit made by GreenNet goes directly into the GreenNet Educational Trust (GET) towards the implementation of projects.

How did it all begin?

GreenNet began as a cheap and effective way for environmental activists to communicate. In 1989, GreenNet began collaborating and exchanging information with similar networks in other countries.

In 1990 the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) was formed by these networks. The APC currently has 25 member networks serving over 50,000 activists, non-profit organisations, charities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in over 133 countries. The APC is committed to supporting international links with Southern member and partner networks.

GreenNet has provided an international gateway for small, indigenous networks in African and Asian countries since 1987. The gateway has supported email exchange between the internet and 52 networks in Africa and Asia - sometimes the link being the only means of electronic communication for NGOs and other organisations in those countries.

GreenNet and other APC networks pay a percentage of its income to the APC Secretariat to support the operations of the Association.

How can I support GreenNet?

For GreenNet to survive and develop we need the continued support of our users and to recruit new members. You can help by simply promoting an account with GreenNet, or advertising our services at an event you are attending. We also organise ad swaps with users and attend users events and conferences.

If you can help with GreenNet outreach, please email info@gn.apc.org

If you are interested in helping our work, you can volunteer to help and lend your skills to further the projects. If there is an area that you would like to get more involved with please get in touch. You can email info@gn.apc.org

You can also contribute towards the work of the GreenNet Educational Trust in similar ways, including donating your time or resources to help implement the charity's objectives.

Who uses GreenNet?

GreenNet has developed specifically to support small to medium sized organisations, in particular, activists and NGO's. GreenNet hosts web pages for organisations whose work is consistent with our mission, which is to work with movements for peace, economic and social justice, human rights and environmental sustainability around the world. Check the drop down menu below for a clickable list of all GreenNet User's web sites.

Why choose GreenNet?

GreenNet is unlike any other ISP. When you choose any service, we're there for you, providing a reliable and advanced support able to deal with all major email programs. We provide services aimed specially at our user community and our users find our more personalised support service invaluable. Our expert support team go through any problems with you, talking through your difficulties.

We defend your right to communicate and support users' on-line campaigns and materials.
As an active member of the NGO community, GreenNet' s staff have extensive experience of political and social movements. We continue to develop resources, training and tools for civil society organisations to use the Internet safely and productively to campaign on social justice issues. All our users have access to discussions of significant issues and are very welcome to participate and express their views.

With GreenNet you are assured of:
An ethical and reliable service with full support
Low cost, effective communication
Reduced costs for training

How easy is it to join?

Getting Connected to GreenNet is easy! We provide extensive support, training and on-line resources. The interface is designed to be easy and quick to use for those who don't know much about computers.

What services do GreenNet provide?

GreenNet is a one-stop resource for: and much more, all supported extensively over the phone and via e-mail

What account should I choose?

Many of GreenNet's users have an organisational account. This service is cost effective and comprehensive. It includes: Domain style email addresses e.g. yourname@yourname.org.uk forwarded to an e-mail or to a Local Area Network (LAN) and Domain registration i.e. www.yourname.org.uk with 20MB webspace, and more.

If you don't need all the features of this account, check out our standard membership.

Can I tailor an account to suit my needs?

There are a number of possible additional features, including:

CGI Scripts
Front page extensions
Web board
password protected site area
Global roaming

The GreenNet support team will talk you through all your options and help you choose the account that meets your needs. Contact support@gn.apc.org

Who does GreenNet design web sites for?

GreenNet Design specialises in creating web sites for the NGO and non-profit community. We have extensive experience in making web sites that work for positive change. In general, GreenNet does not provide Web Services for commercial purposes, except where it is consistent with our mission.

GreenNet specialises in content driven websites. Using a tool called ActionApps, a content management tool, you can add new sections to existing sites, or form the basis of developing a new site. Check out the GreenNet webpages for more information.

What training courses are available?

Current courses include: Web design using dreamweaver.

GreenNet also offer specialised training at home or in the office. All training courses are developed for our users and offered to them at discounted rates.

Who are the training courses aimed at?

GreenNet has been training organisations and individuals in Information and Communication Technology since 1986. Our courses combine practical knowledge and hands on experience to deliver a whole range of Internet skills. Our trainings are developed to provide specially tailored courses to meet individual needs and also the needs of individual organisations.

What do GreenNet users say?

About GreenNet support, Joyce from Genetics says:
"GreenNet are like a support stocking, and all the rest are just pants! I often had technical problems, and I have always found that GreenNet staff were ready and able to help - sometimes outwith their normal office hours. There was none of this business of hanging on for ages waiting for impersonal call centres to answer, and I don't think I've ever had GreenNet not return a call when they promised to."

Another comment:
"GreenNet's ethos as a co-operative, serving causes related to social and ecological justice... if that costs something in comparison with, say, Freeserve, then perhaps this is the inevitable cost of building the 'right relationship'."
Alastair McIntosh

"Your work to counter and stall, derail, defang and maybe even abolish the RIP bill has been pretty impressive. To watch a well coordinated campaign unfold by resourceful, committed people is enlightening."
J. Stoneman (just another hippie in Oregon USA)

Why choose GreenNet when I can use a free service?

  • Full range of services, web hosting etc., for PC and MAC users;
  • Software and user documentation downloads;
  • Free personal telephone support for the cost of a local UK call;
  • Reliability, even at peak times;
  • Reduced rate training courses;
  • Global roaming facility for overseas access;
  • Specialised NGO community knowledge;
  • Staff expertise in online campaigning methods and tools;
  • Access to international NGO information/news/activities;
  • Join a community of like-minded people;
  • Establish a personal relationship with your ISP;
  • GreenNet works to protect your Internet Rights.

How do I contact GreenNet?
If you have access to email, you can send any queries to: info@gn.apc.org. Alternatively, contact the GreenNet Support team by phone on: 0845 0554011 between 09.30 and 17.30 Monday to Friday.

GreenNet is also a member of the Internet Service Provders Association, Nominet UK (.uk domain registrar), and CISAS.

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Email: info@gn.apc.org