Protecting Our People
Protecting People and Planet
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Long readJun 08, 2023Harm done to the ocean is a direct attack on our way of lifeRead
PressMay 15, 2023Environmentalists warn investors of deep-sea mining riskRead
BlogApr 28, 2023Time’s running out on decarbonisation, says IPCC: How we move forwardRead
PressApr 25, 2023New data reveal links between Korean vessels and illegal fishing in the PacificRead
We believe that environmental security is not just about quality of life, it is a basic human right
Every day vulnerable people are stripped of their rights, freedom and identity. They are victims of the environmental destruction being 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. 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.
Our vision is for a world where natural habitats and environments can sustain and be sustained by the communities that depend on them.
Protecting marine ecosystems and livelihoods
Our ocean is being pushed to the brink, putting the lives and livelihoods of billions of people across the globe at risk. EJF’s ocean 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 ocean.
On the Precipice: crime and corruption in Ghana's Chinese-owned trawler fleet
Fisheries that millions of Ghanaians depend on are at risk of collapse as a result of brazen illegal fishing, catastrophic overfishing by Chinese-owned industrial trawlers and a culture of corruption which has allowed these crimes to go unpunished.
EJF’s investigation draws on evidence from interviews with Ghanaian crew who have witnessed these abuses first-hand, filmed evidence, a network of informants and analysis of vessel tracking data. The picture which emerges is one of systematic corruption that enables illegal fishing and human rights abuses to go unreported and unpunished in the country’s waters. From port authorities to Navy officials, EJF alleges that the web of corruption is so deep and entangled that sustainability, and the defence of human rights, is impossible without reform.
Driving global action to avoid climate breakdown
EJF’s climate campaign aims to secure international action to decarbonise economies around the world, protect the natural environments which are a vital store of carbon, and ensure climate justice for all. We campaign for the protection for the world’s growing population of climate refugees, forced to flee their homes in the wake of the climate crisis.
Manifesto to Combat Global Heating
The climate manifesto brings to bear EJF’s long experience of working with people on the frontlines of the climate crisis and combines it with existing scientific research to create a clear roadmap of measures that can be taken to achieve zero-carbon by 2035.
Demanding an end to deforestation
EJF’s forests campaign is intimately connected to our work combating the climate crisis and protecting wildlife. Forests contain a wealth of biodiversity – and stores of carbon which safeguard the Earth’s climate. Environmental security is a human right of future generations. We stand with them, and the indigenous communities who depend on forests.
Mangroves represent far more than just a ‘bio-shield’. Despite being regarded for many years as ‘wastelands’, ripe for development, it is now known that mangroves provide coastal communities with many services and utilizable products, and perform vital ecosystem functions.
This report concludes that the conversion of mangrove habitat into shrimp farms, tourist resorts, agricultural and urban land over the past decades, as well as destruction of coral reefs, contributed significantly to the catastrophic loss of human lives and settlements during the 2004 tsunami. Conserving and restoring coastal mangrove areas is essential if coastal communities are to recover and be protected from future similar events.
What will you do for people and planet?
Everyone can make a difference. Take action to secure lasting positive change for the environment and the people and wildlife that depend on it. Sign a petition, donate to a campaign or volunteer. Find out what you can do.