EIA during the coronavirus outbreak

EIA UK’s office in London’s Upper Street has now reopened. We are mindful of our staff health and well-being and have therefore reorganised to allow a mix of socially distanced working in the office and also from home.

We strongly believe that 2020 and 2021 will prove to be landmark years in reversing the climate and biodiversity crisis and securing stronger protection for the environment.

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, there is now far greater awareness of the genesis of zoonotic viruses and the factors behind their incidence and spread. Key factors include some species’ loss of habitat caused by the widespread disturbance of tropical forests through exploitation for logging and mining, and the commercial trade in wildlife. With China due to host the next Convention on Biological Diversity, now rescheduled to later this year, there is a real opportunity to drastically reduce the scale of wildlife trade around the world. Likewise, the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (CoP26) in the UK, also postponed to November 2021, could now make tackling deforestation, climate change and plastic pollution global priorities.

Our campaigners have been busier than ever during the pandemic, calling for policy change prior to the Convention on Biological Diversity and engaging remotely with governments and other contacts to push our campaigns priorities. Nevertheless, we do worry that our work could be significantly impacted by the current economic situation and we rely to an even greater extent than usual on your generous donations at this time. Our fundraising team is available to respond to donors’ enquiries by phone and email, so please stay in touch.

More than ever, we need your support to ensure we remain financially secure during this period. So please don’t delay responding to our appeals and, if you’re able to help, please visit our online giving page.

If you need to phone us, our switchboard number is +44 (0) 20 7354 7960 during working hours

If you want to reach us by email, you’re best off using the contact form on our website, which will give you several options depending on which department you want to contact.

Further campaigns developments will continue to be communicated through our news and blogs as they arise but if you have any concerns, please do speak to your usual EIA contact.

Many thanks for your continued and invaluable support – and keep well.