Protecting human rights
Defending wild places and human rights in a changing world
We believe that environmental security is not just about quality of life, it is a basic human right
Everyday, vulnerable people are being stripped of their right to land, freedom and their identity, victims of the environmental destruction inflicted on our shared planet.
Driven by our core values of integrity, innovation and impact, EJF uses investigations and film to uncover these environmental and human rights abuses, giving a voice to the voiceless. We work for environmental justice; to protect the natural environment and the people and wildlife that depend upon it. Environmental security is a basic human right, and we go to the ends of the earth to defend people and planet.
Protecting marine environments, biodiversity and livelihoods
Our oceans are being pushed to the brink, putting the lives and livelihoods of billions of people across the globe at risk. EJF’s Oceans Campaign works to combat illegal and unsustainable fishing, stamp out human rights abuses driven by these illicit activities and protect the coastal communities and precious wildlife that depend on our oceans.
EJF’s World Oceans Day photoshoot
EJF's Oceans Ambassadors Max Rogers and Kimberly Wyatt model EJF's latest t-shirt collection for World Oceans Day 2017
Slavery, ‘pirate’ fishing and other serious crimes continue to plague Thailand’s seafood sector.
EJF believes that solutions to 'pirate' fishing and slavery in Thailand’s fishing sector are available, practical and achievable through a multi-track approach emphasising leadership, coordinated joint action and genuine commitment from all stakeholders. This report recalls and builds on the recommendations made in EJF’s 2015 report Pirates and Slaves. EJF also acknowledges and reiterates all recommendations made to Thailand in the 2015 US Department of State Trafficking in Persons report.
Inshore Exclusion Zone: A lifeline for Liberia’s fishers
Securing international protection for climate change refugees
Climate change is an environmental and a human rights issue. Extreme weather, diminishing natural resources, and the rising cost of inaction are leaving the world's poorest at greater risk of social, economic and political instability. EJF’s Climate Campaign aims to secure international protection for the world’s growing population of climate refugees, forced to flee their homes in the wake of mass destruction and greater insecurity.
The Gathering Storm: Climate Change, Security and Conflict
With millions of people forced to move each year by rapid-onset climate-related hazards and slow onset environmental degradation, social wellbeing, human rights, economies and even state stability are at risk.
EJF is working with our partners to secure a legally-binding, international protocol that that can fill the existing gaps in legislation and ensure that the refugee support system evolves within the context of our changing world. This new legal instrument would recognize people displaced by deteriorating environmental conditions associated with climate change as a vulnerable social group, and confer them equivalent but legally distinct protection to that conferred to refugees fleeing persecution under the 1951 Geneva Convention. This briefing outlines specific recommendations for the EU, including the need to systemically link aid and development, environment and migration policies and decision-making.
SDG 14: Ending pirate fishing key to sustainable fisheries for all
Calling for an end to toxic pesticides
Pesticides are poison. They have been linked to long-term health problems - particularly lethal for vulnerable, developing country farmers - and to the decline of vital insect pollinators which are crucial to our way of life. EJF’s Pesticides Campaign aims to eradicate the use of toxic pesticides and their harmful effects on people and wildlife.
Life without bees is unimaginable. Help us to give them food and a home, and end the use of harmful pesticides in our gardens and on our farms.
Bees support not only the variety of the food we eat, but the quality and nutritional value. Their contribution to the global economy for providing free pollinator services is estimated at £130 billion; and here in the UK, around £510 million that is ‘donated’ to the national economy.
EJF in the field: Using film to protect people and planet
Supporting tomorrow’s environmental defenders
By training local environmental & human rights defenders in research, film, advocacy and investigative skills, we give a voice to the voiceless, helping them to expose the threats that environmental abuses pose to their communities and wellbeing.
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A track record of securing lasting and global protection
From driving a global ban on the deadly pesticide 'Endosulfan', to ending state-sponsored forced child labour in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry and combatting illegal fishing in West Africa, EJF has a track record of securing lasting protection for the world’s most vulnerable communities and their natural environments.