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Environmental Justice Foundation, Protecting People and Planet
The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) is a UK- based non-profit organisation working internationally to protect the environment and defend human rights.
EJF charitable trust became a registered charity in England and Wales, charity no. 1088128 (2001); EJF Ltd is an associated non-profit company.
EJF is headed by the founding directors, Steve Trent and Juliette Williams who together have over 40 years experience in environmental and human rights investigations, research and campaigns. EJF has a team of researchers, campaigners and film-makers based in offices in London, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and supported by volunteers and experts who dedicate their time to work pro bono for our projects.
EJF’s work is overseen by a Board of Trustees, bringing together vast experience from ethical business, human rights and environmental advocacy.
EJF's Patrons are: explorer and writer Benedict Allen, model, actress and activist Lily Cole, designer and activist Katharine Hamnett, actress Emilia Fox, sculptor and artist Antony Gormley OBE, RA and artist Rachel Whiteread CBE. The Board of Patrons enables EJF’s campaign messages to reach a wider audience and have a greater impact on the public.
Our work is enabled by donations from individuals and the fundraising events they participate in; grants from private trusts and foundations, NGO partners and governments; the sale of t-shirts, films and photos; and from donations, in-kind or pro bono support from businesses who share our values and belief that we can all ‘give a little, to change a lot’.
EJF believes that protecting the environment is not just about quality of life, it is a question of life and death for the world’s poorest people. We believe that environmental security is a human right.
For millions of people around the world, the result of a degraded environment is hunger, brutal poverty and vulnerability.
Our international campaigns tackle grassroots issues that are ‘off the radar’, working in remote and difficult locations and in post-conflict areas where environmental issues and associated human rights problems are neglected. EJF's team documents the issues and creates compelling international campaigns that target opinion formers and decision makers around the globe. EJF provides film and advocacy training to local organisations and activists in the global south, enabling them to document, expose and create long term solutions to environmental problems, generate local support and create a living legacy.
"EJF continues to inspire and invigorate me. It’s great to know such a force for good is out there - and getting results, whether that means banning a toxic pesticide or helping a community patrol its waters. What is so striking about EJF is the way that, again and again, they find neat solutions to worldwide problems that involve local people - and bring them tangible benefit to their everyday lives." Benedict Allen: Explorer, Author and EJF Patron