The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is a charity focused on investigating illegal practices in climate, biodiversity and ecosystems. Not only do they conduct their own undercover research (occasionally putting themselves in potentially dangerous situations), but the agency also undertakes campaign operations and cooperates world-wide with government and NGOs. World-renowned, they have played large roles in the protection of endangered species and uncovering illegal operations of animal trade.
They are effectively the A-Team of the environment. Only with less explosions. And more rhinos.
As if the EIA couldn’t get any cooler, on the first Monday of the month, they host a relaxed, informal networking evening at Radicals and Victuallers, London. Entry is free! Every month, a different topic is selected to be the point of focus, but the team (and their fabulous and friendly volunteers) are always willing to answer any environmental questions, actively encouraging anyone with a slight interest in environmental protection.
The topic of this month was focused on the whaling industry, in particular the re-emerging trade of endangered Fin Whales in Iceland. A documentary accompanied the presentation, showcasing the investigation the EIA undertook to uncover this increase in slaughter of a species already teetering on the brink of extinction. Over 1,500 tonnes were shipped to its main consumer, Japan, in July 2016 – a disturbing statistic, and a topic that will be explored further in a future Ecolitical article.
As in any field, being able to make contacts with like-minded environmentalists is a key component of generating ideas and helping projects to lift off the ground. Spending two hours networking, learning and drinking good ale was a great way to start the week, and I will definitely be attending the next event.
Featured image sourced from “Radicals and Victuallers” home site.