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Calling for global climate action

Millions of people, who have contributed the least to climate change, are experiencing its first and worst effects.

Communities like the Sami are suffering from lack of action.

We are fighting for climate justice. EJF is working to document people's stories and secure their legal protection.

January 2019 - December 2022

Charity information: Environmental Justice Foundation

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  • Need


    Extreme weather events and declining natural resources resulting from climate change are leaving the poorest and most vulnerable people on our planet at ever-greater risk.

    An estimated 1.6 billion people will be forced from their homes and land by 2060 because of climate change.

    They contribute least to climate change but are first and worst affected by its impacts.


    EJF will document testimonies and gather evidence from vulnerable communities, bringing their concerns and the human face of climate change to international attention.

    We will build an influential coalition and campaign for climate justice, using film and photos alongside hard-hitting reports and legal briefings that persuade decision makers to take action, both for a legal agreement and to fully implement the Paris Agreement to reduce our global carbon emissions.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Securing legal recognition and protection for climate refugees.


    » Field investigations, grassroots partnerships and producing compelling films and photos to raise public and political awareness in the EU.
    » Campaigning in the EU Commission and Parliament for a leadership role on climate justice and legal protection for climate refugees.
    » Coalition-building to maximise attention and impact for the campaign, working with human rights lawyers, security and development experts and NGOs.

    What success will look like

    Public statements and commitments from key decision makers in the EU that lead to the drafting of a new legal agreement for climate refugees.

    Aim 2

    Raising global awareness of the impact of climate change on at-risk cultures and communities.


    » Field investigations, grassroots partnerships and producing compelling films and photos to raise public and political awareness globally.

    What success will look like

    Increased media attention resulting in public and political dialogues, demonstrating recognition of the plight of communities on the frontline of environmental devastation.

    Aim 3

    Influencing commitments to fully implement the global climate deal agreed in Paris


    » Campaigning UK government and environment secretary for policy change that demonstrates active commitment towards achieving emissions reduction
    » Documenting human rights implications of climate change globally, through reports, films and photos that raise public and political awareness.

    What success will look like

    Public commitments and statements from key decision makers not only stating, but demonstrating, the actions that will be taken to rapidly reduce carbon emissions.

  • Impact


    Any moves towards climate justice and a new legal agreement will confer significant long-term benefits for millions of people.

    Through awareness-raising we aim to promote behavioural change and action to reduce our global carbon footprint that will benefit all of us, reducing risks from unpredictable extreme weather events and the political, economic and social instability that a warming world will create.


    Risks include 'climate fatigue' among the public, media and policy-makers. The political climate and perception of migrants presents a huge challenge, but one which we cannot shy away from - climate change will not wait. By using film to show the human face of climate change, we aim to challenge perceptions and inspire empathy and fresh understanding of the issues, generating wide support, especially amongst young people who will have to live with the consequences of our inaction.


    EJF sends e-newsletters and targeted mailings, and connects with individuals through social media. We produce an annual Impact Report and share films and other materials online.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £270,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £150,000 Direct campaigning & advocacy Presentations to EU Parliament and Commission, member States; production of reports, policy briefs
      £70,000 Film and Photo Production Field investigations and equipment for grassroots partners
      £30,000 Outreach & communications Films, public events and partnerships, social media and website
      £20,000 Coalition building Communications and events with partners and experts
  • Background


    EJF works with partners and documents testimonies from communities in climate vulnerable regions, most recently including in the Arctic Circle, Bangladesh and Jordan (refugees from Syria).

    We work with grassroots partners around the globe, including west Africa.

    The project is based in the UK, but works internationally to secure change.


    The project will benefit people directly affected by droughts, famine, wild fires, storms, floods and sea level rise caused by climate change.

    Since 2008, an average of 21.5 million people have been displaced by extreme weather events each year - 41 people every minute. This is the fundamental crisis of our age.

    The project will help to change this - securing legal protection and recognition for climate refugees and stronger action to end our 'carbon addiction'.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Since 2001, EJF has worked to defend our global environment and with it, protect basic human rights. Our climate campaign has, to date, produced technical reports and briefings and our films have secured attention from parliamentarians, military experts and grassroots organisations. We have the expertise, innovation and the knowledge to bring climate justice issues to public attention to leverage positive, long-term change.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Steve Trent

    Steve is EJF's Founder and Executive Director who leads the strategies and the high-level political engagement.

    Daisy Brickhill

    Daisy is EJFs Communications and Press Officer who works to secure public and political attention through media, reports, and public events.

    Charlie Johnson

    Charlie is EJF's Film Producer. He has led many field investigations and produced films for a variety of audiences, public and political.

    Sarah Hayward

    Sarah is EJF's Digital Campaigner. She leads on digital outreach and engagement, building petitions that demonstrate support for climate issues.

Today I think we live in a society where it's popular to talk a lot about justice. We talk about the environment, we talk about the climate issues, but when it comes down to it, are you willing to make a change?

Maxida Marak of the Sami culture