The Environmental Justice Foundation
The Environmental Justice Foundation makes a direct link between environmental security and the defence of basic human rights. EJF empowers those people who suffer most from environmental abuses to find peaceful ways of preventing them.
Tel: 0207 239 3310
Estimates are that in the next 40 years fish will be off the menu altogether, unless we act
Did you know that fish stocks across the world are in danger of collapsing?
Sadly, estimates are that in the next 40 years fish will be off the menu altogether, unless we act.
Fisheries are a vital source of food, income and employment for countries around the world, including many of the poorest. Without achieving sustainability for our fisheries millions of the world’s poor will go hungry and lose the chance for a better future.
Sadly, at a time when world fish stocks are under unprecedented pressure, illegal ‘pirate’ fishing operations are targeting developing countries with little or no capacity to address the problem. Pirate fishing is one of the greatest threats to our oceans. Illegal fishing accounts for one third of the global fish catch, much of which is stolen from Africa, and sold largely unknowingly in the European and world markets, where it can end up on our plates.
It undermines attempts at sustainable management, causes massive damage to the marine environment, and jeopardises the livelihood and food security of some of the world’s poorest people. Over 60% of fishermen in developing countries survive on less than US 1 dollar a day, so while sustainable fishing is often perceived to only be about protecting fish stocks, for millions of the poorest people around the world sustainable fishing is crucial for livelihoods and basic food security.
For example, Sierra Leone loses almost $29 million every year to pirate fishing operators – money which could be used for essential development for their people. Sierra Leone is ranked at the bottom of the UN’s Human Development Index - effectively making it one of the least developed nations on earth - meaning that ‘pirate’ fishing is robbing one of the poorest countries in the world of a crucial source of developmental income and food security.
In Sierra Leone 70% of the population live below the national poverty line of a dollar a day; 51% are undernourished; 26% live in extreme poverty and 27% of children under 5 are malnourished.
One of every eight mothers can be expected to die in childbirth.
Most Sierra Leoneans live with little or no access to any form of healthcare, education, sanitation or clean water and sufficient nutrition.
Fish is their primary source of animal protein.
Achieving healthy and sustainable fisheries in developing countries by ending pirate fishing is essential both now and for future generations.
EJF’s global campaigns for environmental justice include:
Save the Sea
Ending illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) ‘pirate’ fishing. Protecting marine wildlife, habitats and coastal communities.
End of the Road for Endosulfan
Campaigning for a global ban on a deadly pesticide.
Pick Your Cotton Carefully
Ending abuses of human rights and environment in the global cotton industry, with a focus on Uzbekistan.
No Place Like Home
Securing legal protection for those most at risk due to climate change.
Protecting coastal communities and wetlands from unsustainable, illegal and destructive shrimp farming.
Turning Sustainable Energy into Sustainable Action
Help us raise £400,000 to get this project off the ground.
With your support EJF plans to install a 330 kw Enercon wind turbine in Yorkshire which will generate clean, green renewable energy that we will sell back to the National Grid under the new 'fixed rate' tariff scheme. We will use the money generated to fund our international campaign to secure assistance and legal protection for those people made increasingly vulnerable as a result of our changing climate.
100% of your donation to EJF's sustainable energy project will go towards this project directly.
Your donation will:
1. Help climate refugees to survive and adapt.
2. Increase the UK’s supply of renewable “green” energy; effectively cutting your own carbon footprint.
3. Create an entirely new and truly sustainable form of charity funding.
Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF)
1 Amwell Street
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