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No Place Like Home - protecting climate refugees

Environmental Justice Foundation's mission isto protect people and planet. EJF is working to secure legal protection and humanitarian aid for 'climate refugees': millions of vulnerable people in countries who will be displaced from their home, land and livelihoods as a result of climate change.

January 2013 - December 2016

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Environmental Justice Foundation

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  • Need


    In 2010, 38 million people were forced from their homes & land as a result of extreme weather events closely linked to climate change. Deteriorating environmental security and with it threats to food, water and natural resources, homes and land are affecting the lives of millions of people, especially poor vulnerable coastal communities. When life becomes impossible, these people are forced to leave home, becoming 'climate refugees', but lacking vital legal protection and humanitarian aid.


    EJF uses film to document testimonies from climate vulnerable communities and Heads of State in Africa and Asia, bringing their concerns to international attention. The Climate Witness Network gathers film to raise awareness of climate refugees, as the human face of climate change, and campaigns for policy makers to support legal recognition and protection for climate refugees. The campaign is building action that reminds us all of the need to reduce our carbon footprint each and every day.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Agreed commitments on Human Rights & Climate Change at the United Nations and within the EU.


    » Presenting an international petition to the UN; pressing national governments and the EU to take a lead in international negotiations.
    » Using film and compelling campaign reports to secure support for action in the UN that link climate change to the protection of basic human rights.
    » Work with UK and EU Parliamentarians to host hearings, ask questions and press commitments from legislators.
    » Create effective messages and a coalition of experts and organisations in support of the campaign goals.

    A new mandate secured in the United Nations Human Rights Council.

    Aim 2

    Create effective platforms for the concerns of 'climate witnesses' to be heard internationally.


    » Providing support, including hands-on technical training and video equipment to grassroots partners enabling them to document changing conditions.
    » Create an online, interactive platform to broadcast testimonies and resource packs to engage the public with unfolding stories from the South.
    » Build an international coalition of people and organisations committed to work together to protect the rights of climate refugees.
    » Raise the public profile of the issues by recruiting ‘campaign ambassadors’ such as designer Vivienne Westwood who currently supports the campaign.

    Climate Witness website is shown to be effective, with new materials, international partners, media, public and political interest and comment (including social media support).

  • Impact


    Climate refugees living in poor, vulnerable nations - who have contributed the least to climate change but suffer its worst effects lack the opportunity to have their voices heard at international negotiations. This project will help raise their profile and help secure their legal protection. The success of the project will be judged by the political commitments internationally and public pledges of support for climate refugees and action to reduce our global carbon footprint.


    Risks include 'climate fatigue' within the media, and climate change being see as an unpopular topic with policy-makers. However, EJF will provide unique and compelling stories for the media to inspire fresh understanding on the issues & clear evidence that cannot be ignored by politicians.
    There are also risks working in areas prone to political instability and natural disasters. EJF has a code of conduct for staff and partners to ensure their safety.


    EJF reports successes to individual donors through social media and regular newsletters. We meet grant givers regularly and use annual reporting and auditing to provide accounts of our successes within the project to them.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £104,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £16,500 Direct campaigning & advocacy Presentations to EU & UK Parliaments, APPG hearing, roundtable
      £10,000 Climate Witness project Field investigation, capacity-building trips & equipment
      £10,500 Outreach & communications Short films & public events
      £7,500 Information materials Reports, campaign resource pack, Climate Witness website
      £59,500 Staff time & core costs Staff and interns, rent, utilities, communications, share of audit costs, monitoring and evaluation

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Climate Week & unrestricted funding £10,000 Guaranteed
    Bromley Trust £5,000 Guaranteed
    patagonia foundation £3,400 Guaranteed
  • Background


    EJF works with partners and documents testimonies from communities in climate vulnerable developing countries including Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, the Maldives, Grenada, Mali and on the Kenya/Somalia border to document the impacts of climate change, and advocate for change in the UK, EU and internationally. In 2013 and beyond, EJF will expand the network into West African coastal communities.


    In 2010, climate refugees outnumbered refugees fleeing from persecution by 3 to 1 (38 million climate refugees). An estimated 150 million people could be climate refugees within the next 30 years - a new legal agreement and support for their basic human rights and humanitarian needs will be a profound step forward in protecting the rights and needs of some of the most vulnerable people on our planet.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    EJF has considerable experience of international advocacy work and coalition-building. EJF has worked in more than 20 countries, publishing reports and broadcasting documentary films. We have sucessfully collaborated with many partners and provided training similar to what is needed with this project in Brazil and Sierra Leone, with a team of dedicated and experienced staff to make this project a success.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Steve Trent

    Executive Director and founder. Steve is also a co-founder and former President of WildAid. He oversees EJF's work on climate change.

    Victoria Timms

    Climate Campaigner. Tori leads the research and day-to-day running of the campaign.

    Sara Petrai

    Video Producer. Sara has worked for a large number of NGOs and has led film training for EJF in Sierra Leone.

Bangladesh community straded on flood bank

Bangladesh community straded on flood bank


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.

Climate refugee, Bangladesh - Ataur Rahman