Why We Care about the Environment: For millions of people around the world, a degraded natural environment means hunger and brutal poverty that costs lives. By providing film and advocacy training to partners in the global south EJF protects the natural environment and the people and wildlife that depend upon it by empowering local communities to investigate, expose and peacefully resolve abuses. EJF campaigns internationally on the issues our grassroots partners work locally to solve including cotton production, pirate fishing, shrimp farming, pesticides and wildlife.
Who are we: EJF is a registered charity established in 2000 to empower people who suffer most from environmental abuses to find peaceful ways of preventing them.
EJF provides film and advocacy training to individuals and grassroots organisations in the global south, enabling them to document, expose and create long term solutions to environmental abuses.
EJF campaigns internationally to raise awareness of the issues our grassroots partners are working to solve locally.
Today EJF has a team of campaigners and film-makers based in London, and works internationally with partners in Brazil, Vietnam, Mali, Uzbekistan and Indonesia.
Cotton: Over two thirds of the world’s cotton is grown in developing countries and the former Soviet Union. Valued at over $32 billion every year, global cotton production should be improving lives. But this "white gold" too often brings misery. EJF is committed to eradicating child labour and the deadliest pesticides from cotton production and promoting organic alternatives.
Shrimp farming: To satisfy our demand for shrimp, thousands of miles of coastal habitats around the world often in developing countries have been destroyed. Forests and wildlife have been lost, and water and soil is polluted by shrimp farms. Protests by local communities have been met with threats, intimidation and violence.
By catch: Every year, millions of tons of fish are accidentally caught and discarded. A staggering 100 million sharks are considered such "bycatch" each year, often the result of net entanglement. Bycatch not only affects marine ecosystems but also the millions of people who rely on healthy fish stocks for food and employment.
Pirate Fishing: At a time when world fish stocks are under unprecedented pressure, pirate fishing operations are stealing from our seas and oceans, undermining attempts at sustainable management, causing massive damage to the marine environment and jeopardising the food security and livelihoods of poor coastal communities in developing countries.
Pesticides: Pesticides are toxic by design. Every year, pesticides are estimated to cause tens of millions of cases of accidental poisoning. Developing countries are used as a dumping ground for hazardous chemicals that are banned throughout much of the rest of the world because of the serious threats they pose to human health and the natural environment.
Wildlife: Worth up to $20 billion a year the illegal wildlife trade is big business. Illegal trafficking of plants and animals is reducing wildlife populations, some to the verge of extinction. Traded for pets, trophies, clothing, furniture, food and medicines, the result of the trade to supply burgeoning demand for these products is shocking.
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