No Place Like Home - protecting climate refugees
The Environmental Justice Foundation's mission is to protect people and planet. EJF campaigns for legal protection for climate refugees: millions of people who have contributed the least to climate change but are suffering its first and worst effects.
January 2019 - December 2022
Charity information: Environmental Justice Foundation
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. These people - climate refugees - lack legal recognition and protection for their basic human rights under existing refugee law.
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.
Securing legal recognition and protection for climate refugees.
Activities» 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.
Any moves towards climate justice and a new legal agreement will confer significant long-term benefits for millions of people in the Global south.
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 among young people who will live with the consequences of our inaction.
EJF sends e-newsletters and targeted mailings, and connects to individual donors through social media. We produce an annual Impact Report and share the films and other materials online; grant makers receive narrative reports and accounts, and are invited to our events and meetings to be updated.
Budget - Project Cost: £270,000Loading graph....
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
EJF works with partners and documents testimonies from communities in climate vulnerable regions, most recently including Bangladesh, Jordan (refugees from Syria) and in the Arctic Circle. Building a coalition and working 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 and wild fires, storms and 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 change this - securing legal protection and recognition for climate refugees and stronger action to end our 'carbon addiction'.
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 of Heads of State and climate refugees alike, have secured attention from parliamentarians, military experts, 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 is EJF's Founder and Executive Director who leads the strategies and the high-level political engagement.
Communications and Press Officer - Daisy will help secur the public and political attention through the media, reports, and public events.
Film Producer. Charlie has led many field investigations and produced films for a variety of audiences, public and political.
Sarah is EJF's Digital Campaigner who will lead on the digital outreach and engagement, building public petitions that demonstrate support for climate
Camera & support for a climate witness x 4 months.
We went home and saw that there was nothing left. There wasn’t a single house that you could live in.