EIA during the coronavirus outbreak

As of 18 March 2020, EIA UK’s offices in London’s Upper Street are closed and all staff are working from home, as per the UK Government’s advice.

While our campaigners have put on hold all international travel and in-person meetings in the UK, we remain agile and connected to ensure that our global advocacy work to combat climate change and protect global biodiversity continues.

We strongly believe that the unprecedented events of 2020 will prove to be a landmark in securing stronger protection for the environment.

Through 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 2021, 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 (COP 26) in the UK, also postponed to next year, should now make tackling deforestation a global priority.

Our campaigners are busier than ever, pressing for vital policy changes, conducting detailed research and analysis 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 over the coming months. 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 – although the office will remain unmanned during the next few weeks, your call will be automatically diverted.

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.