Environmental Investigation Agency
Charities / Fundraising
The Environmental Investigation Agency investigates and campaigns against environmental crime and abuse. It chiefly focuses on:
- Forest crimes such as illegal logging and deforestation
- Plastic pollution and the exploitation of whales, dolphins and porpoises.
The charity also reduces the impact of climate change by campaigning to eliminate powerful refrigerant greenhouse gases, exposing related illicit trade and improving energy efficiency in the cooling sector. It uses its findings in hard-hitting reports to campaign for improved governance and more effective enforcement.
One of the most interesting aspects of the charity’s approach is its use of undercover investigators who identify and disrupt the international criminal gangs who oversee much of this environmental crime and abuse.
Helping to save forest elephants
The Environmental Investigation Agency got in touch with me looking for support on their campaign to save the forest elephants of West and Central Africa.
These magnificent creatures are under threat from poachers who kill them for their ivory. Sadly, the special pink tinge of their ivory puts them at increased risk, as this ivory is highly desirable in markets such as Japan.
The charity asked for my help in:
- Writing an appeal letter to donors.
- Writing an accompanying ‘lift piece’ to give further detail on the issues.
- Writing web content about the campaign.
For this appeal, I talked to Mary Rice, the charity’s executive director, who told me about their work to protect forest elephants. The charity gave me all the relevant background on the appeal and we agreed the areas it needed to cover.