We believe climate change is a human rights issue, and EJF is working for each and every person threatened by looming climate impacts and every potential climate refugee.
From global petitions calling for a Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Climate Change and our campaign collaborations with influential designers including Dame Vivienne Westwood and Katherine Hamnett, to our guide to individual action to cut carbon emissions, EJF has shone the spotlight on the issue, and supported the global call for climate action.
The case for action
There is now no dispute; climate change is real. It is caused by humans and it requires urgent cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, primarily carbon dioxide.
Left unchecked, rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns will pose a huge risk for food security, increase competition for water, threaten public health, exacerbate existing social tensions, and as states fail to respond, increase the risk of violent conflict, terrorism, and mass displacement of communities.
“Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day. Its worst impact will probably be felt by developing countries in coming decades.” Pope Francis, Laudato Si
Yet the momentum is there for securing a better world.
There is more public and private money for climate action than ever before, investors are starting to shift trillions out of fossil fuel assets, and voices from across society including heavyweights from the worlds of faith, health, security and business are adding their support for climate action.
But short-sighted agendas on climate change by some political and business leaders continue to deprive people of their right to a better future.
Leading the way on climate action
EJF is calling on all countries to rapidly and fully implement the global climate deal agreed in Paris and support efforts to raise their emission reduction pledges over time in line with its overall goal to phase out man-made emissions and keep temperature rise below 1.5°C on pre-industrial levels.
“This is the moral challenge of our generation. Not only are the eyes of the world upon us. More important, succeeding generations depend on us. We cannot rob our children of their future.” Former UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon
While EJF continues to use film to inspire and secure support for climate action, in 2016, we went a step further in our campaign to combat climate change, deciding to become investors in climate change solutions ourselves.
We invested in the Awel Co-operative, a Welsh wind co-operative. The money EJF invested will go towards two 2.35MW wind turbines on Mynydd y Gwrhyd, 20 miles north of Swansea. These turbines are forecast to generate an estimated 12,558WMh of clean energy a year, enough to supply over 2,500 homes.
EJF will also invest in an area of UK woodland. Aimed at offsetting our organisation’s unavoidable carbon emissions, the project will also aim to protect and grow the UK’s native tree species, and provide habitat to its vital biodiversity, including the bees and pollinators EJF looks to protect as part of its Pesticides Campaign.
Through these innovative measures, and by continuing to use video to shine a spotlight on the plight of climate refugees, we hope to engage the public to support climate justice and make a positive impact on our shared world.