Using film and high-profile support, we are engaging the public to support climate justice and reduce their own impact on our shared world.
Urgent action to prevent further climate change is essential. We produce high-impact films and analysis that are inspiring political and business leaders to help secure change. EJF is seeking new and innovative ways to inspire our global community to support low-carbon economies and steps we can each take to protect our planet.
- Mitigating climate change
- Engaging businesses and civil society
- Inspiring the public
- Advice for individuals
1. Mitigating climate change
Human activities such as burning fossil fuels, deforestation and intensive agriculture have produced around 2 trillion metric tonnes of carbon dioxide since pre-industrial times. Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) now significantly exceed the natural range of the last 650,000 years, and annual emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) are growing. This has had the effect of exacerbating natural processes, resulting in marked anthropogenic (human-driven) changes to the global environment and climate and, in turn, impacting on people.
EJF campaigns for:
- All countries to immediately halt the rise in carbon emissions and commit to halving current emission levels by 2050.
- Less developed countries to pursue pathways to low-carbon resilient development.
Short-sighted political agendas on climate change are depriving people of their rights and a better future. Leaders have an opportunity and a choice. With your support we can ensure they make the right one.
2. Engaging businesses and civil society
More than 300 organisations have signed EJF's petition for a Special Rapporteur, including World Council of Churches, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Bangladesh Parliament, Friends of the Earth Indonesia, Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates, Edmund Rice International and Zambia Climate Change Network.
3. Inspiring the public
Our campaign is working to raise public attention and concern for climate change. We use film to inspire and secure support. Our collaborations with designers Dame Vivienne Westwood and Katharine Hamnett have created public interest in this complex issue.
In 2012, Vivienne Westwood launched a bespoke War/Peace t-shirt design in support of EJF’s campaign for the protection of climate refugees which debuted on the Vivienne Westwood Red Label catwalk at London Fashion Week 2012 and was sold through Selfridges, in Vivienne Westwood stores and online raising over £25,000 in unrestricted income for EJF.
"What we’re talking about regarding climate change refugees is total chaos, where natural disasters are more intense and more often. The world is giving us this warning of more horror to come.”
Dame Vivienne Westwood
"I’m proud to be backing the Environmental Justice Foundation’s efforts to celebrate the most forward-thinking actions to tackle climate change."
EJF Patron Lily Cole
4. Advice for individuals
Did you know the average UK household wastes the equivalent of £480 a year on food and drink? If this were eliminated, the effect on CO2 would be equivalent to removing one in four cars off UK roads.
Our consumer choices shape the world we live in; thus even small changes to our lifestyles can make a big difference.
Every one of us can reduce our own carbon footprints through careful consumption, reducing wastage, recycling and with a little investment to increase our domestic energy efficiency. Take a look at our handy guide to find out what you can do at home, in the office or on your commute to save on carbon and on your bills.
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