New Initiatives // Resource Centre
The Capacity Global Resource Centre is home to the UK’s only virtual Environmental Justice Library. A one-stop shop for details of Environmental Justice reports, articles, books, films, information services and legal resources, this groundbreaking centre will help to improve access to learning and information on key Environmental Justice issues. More
Event // Black Urbanism
Capacity Global and Goldsmiths University present ‘Revisioning Black Urbanism’, a series of seminars that will review and discuss urban planning, regeneration and environmental justice from an urban Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic perspective. More
Event // Environmental Justice & Discrimination
This Capacity Global seminar launches the first UK report to explore the relevance of environmental justice and discrimination at a European level. Speakers will discuss whether anti discrimination legislation really provides a solution for ensuring environmental equality. More
Article // In an Ethical World Every Action Counts
Trapped in an urban lifestyle but still keen to do more to support ethical living and protect human rights? It’s not as hard as you think. Ordinary people can contribute to the environment and social justice s by making a few small but significant changes to day-to-day life. More
Pioneering environmental and social justice solutions in the UK since 2001, Capacity Global focuses on environmental equality issues and their impact on urban landscapes. With over 20 project partners in countries from the UK to Uganda we have a global reach that enables us to analyse and communicate environmental justice issues with an International perspective.
Taking a holistic approach to our work, Capacity Global works with partners & associates to deliver research, advocacy, training and community projects that tackle the environmental inequalities faced by people living in poverty, indigenous communities, Black, Asian and other Minority & Ethnic (BAME) groups and young people.
In partnership with NGO’s, community groups, government and the third sector, our research, policy and advocacy projects lead the debate on social and environmental equality, highlighting the connections between environmental issues and social justice. With a reputation for high research standards and innovative thinking we are committed to supporting communities that bear the brunt of city based environmental problems worldwide.
"A fair and equitable society can only exist if everyone has a right to participate in the major decisions that affect their lives. Only with full public participation can effective strategies for social justice, eradication of poverty and a healthy environment be found." - Capacity Global mission statement
For details of our ethical and equal opportunities statements please click on the documents below.
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Click here for our Ethical Policy Statement (PDF)
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Capacity Global operates as a social enterprise. That means our main purpose is to fight for environmental and social justice rather than make a profit. If and when our work generates income, we use it to maintain our ongoing programme of work or funds are invested in new projects.
Grant & Sponsorship Applications
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Using revenue gained from commissioned research and policy work, Capacity Global self-funds a number of small internal projects.
Capacity Global fundraising work is guided by our ethical statements and principles. When choosing funding partners we act with strict political neutrality so as to maintain the moral and financial independence of all our project and research activities.
If you are interested in Capacity Global projects, research or policy and would like to explore the possibility of providing funds for a current of future project contact email@example.com
Working with a variety of educational institutes, NGO and government partners, Capacity Global has pioneered environmental justice research in the UK. Generating progressive thinking and important debate, our research initiatives cut across traditional environmental, social justice and sustainable development boundaries, highlighting important connections between social and environmental issues.
Research methods include the compilation of data, literature reviews, surveys and focus groups. Our reputation as an expert on environmental justice issues has enabled us to use research findings to identify community needs and/or policy gaps that become the foundation for new project work within our organisation and beyond. Designed to explore different perspectives the majority of our research projects result in the release of reports, publications and multi-media learning resources.
For details of our research areas read below.
If you are interested in ordering a Capacity Global report, or initiating an environmental justice research project contact firstname.lastname@example.org
At Capacity Global we understand sustainable development as the evolution of social systems that support international economic, social and environmental needs in the present and the future. We prioritise the eradication of poverty and advocate the equal distribution of the world’s natural and built resources.
Below are details of our sustainability research projects.
Coordinated by Capacity Global, Brunel University and the University of Westminster, Citizen Science for Sustainability (SuScit) is a three-year project that aims to improve dialogue between socially and economically excluded communities and science and engineering professionals. Through a series of workshops SuScit aims to provide real people with a greater say in how environmental justice and sustainable development research priorities are defined.
Click here to join the SuScit network. This project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Social inclusion is the drive to ensure that regardless of cultural or economic background, all people are valued as an important part of mainstream society, enjoying equal access to public services and national resources. We believe that ordinary people should have a voice that is heard and considered before decisions are made about a local area or community. When working on social inclusion issues Capacity Global has a track record of meaningful engagement with young people, low income and working class households, Black, Asian, Minority and Ethnic communities.
Below are details of our social inclusion research projects.
Environmental Justice in London
The successful completion of this study led by Capacity Global and the London Sustainability Exchange resulted in the release of the agenda setting publication ‘Environmental Justice in London - Linking Environmental Justice to the Equalities Agenda’ As a result of the study recommendations, the Lord Mayor for London, Ken Livingston, made a commitment to establish London’s first ever environmental justice code. This project was funded by the City Parochial Foundation. Order publication
Integrating Social Inclusion and Environmental Concern
Commissioned by Jean Lambert MEP and the Green Party at the European Parliament, this research project and report helped to raise an additional £2 million budget to improve environmental training across a range of professional sectors. Download Report.
Access to Justice
Drawn up for the Sustainable Development Unit of the Department of Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) this piece of research reviews the role of the UK legal system as a tool for gaining environmental justice. The report, launched at the Environmental Justice Conference in London 2006, continues to play a key role in initiatives that review access to environmental justice in English courts. Download Report.
Capacity Global works with research partners to look at diversity issues within the environmental sector. We also specialise in helping organisations and institutions research and explore opportunities that will, through the development of audience plans and the assessment of existing services, improve their ability to engage and provide employment opportunities for young people, low income and working class households, Black, Asian, Minority and Ethnic (BAME) communities. If you are interested in looking at how to develop the reach of your organisation contact: email@example.com
Below are details of our diversity research projects.
Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic’s (BAME’s) - Tackling Social and Environmental Inequalities
Based on a series of seminars and focus groups organised for DEFRA this report offers a Black, Asian, Minority & Ethnic (BAME) perspective on environmental and social inequalities policy in England. The report that accompanied the seminars has been used by governments and environmental organisations to review how they work with BAME groups on environmental issues. Download Report.
Environmental Justice and Discrimination in the European Union
This study examines the possible impact environmental justice advocacy work could have on anti-discrimination legislation in the EU and pioneered a review of the connections between environmental and discrimination in Europe. The report that accompanies the study will be launched in May 2007. Order Publication.
The concept of environmental justice was developed over twenty years ago in the USA where it focused on what is widely recognised as environmental racism. Work in the UK has so far been quite different focusing on poverty and environmental issues that can be linked to health inequalities and social exclusion. Capacity Global work specialises on access to justice via the legal system, the promotion of public participation in decision-making and city based environmental inequality.
Below are details of our environmental justice research projects.
Environmental Justice - Making the Links
Commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Capacity Global is working with the Centre for Sustainable Development at the University of Westminster to establish what environmental justice means to communities, policy makers and academics. This report aims to provide policy level learning on the connections between environmental justice, social inclusion, sustainable development and equality.Download Report [coming soon].
Mapping Common Ground
A cross-sector workshop organised alongside the UK Environment Agency, this session facilitated a debate between academia, government, business and non-government organisations on the links between social policy and environmental issues. Download Report.
Capacity Global advocates for environmental equality in a number of Environmental Justice policy and campaign arenas. An important part of this work involves our targeted participation in public consultations with the objective of supporting the creation of progressive policy and influential campaigns.
We have participated in public consultations with a range of organisations including the British Council, Neighbourhood Renewal Unit, Environment Agency, Friends of the Earth, BCTV, London 21, Taru Brazil, Black Environmental Network, London Sustainability Exchange, Jagonari Women's Centre, Kingfisher Plc and the Department for Communities and Local Government and Natural England.
Building on our experience as a main contributor to Environmental Justice policy development in the UK, we are currently expanding our remit to include engaging in public consultation on European and International environmental issues.
For details of our policy and advocacy areas read below.
Capacity offers a 'bespoke' consultancy service providing training, research and policy development in areas relating to environmental equality, environmental justice, environmental governance, environment and poverty, community engagement and diversity. Clients include the British Council, Greenpeace, DEFRA, Jagonari Women's Centre, Kingfisher Plc, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and Taru Brazil.
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where possible Capacity Global works with like-minded organisations, developing partnerships that have increased our capacity to engage with environmental justice issues in a meaningful way. Capacity Global networks and international coalitions, listed below are proving to be instrumental in providing advocacy services on key environmental justice issues.
Below are details of our networks and partnerships.
Diversity and Environment Equality Network - DEEN
With seed funding from the Sustainable Development Unit at The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Capacity Global established the Diversity and Environmental Equality Network (DEEN). Following on from public consultations that identified the need for a network that promotes diversity and social equality in the environmental sector, DEEN provides a forum for organisations to share research, policy and good practice on diversity and equality issues.
Members to date are the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BCTV), Black Environment Network (BEN), the Environment Agency, the Countryside Agency, DEFRA, Friends of the Earth, English Heritage, London 21, London Sustainability Exchange, Natural England, Food Link and the Women's Environment Network (WEN). DEEN is currently working on a consultation paper on employment and diversity in the environmental sector. The paper is expected to go out to wider consultation in May 2007.
If you would like information on the DEEN Network, including details on how to join, contact: email@example.com
PP10 & TAI
Both PP10 and TAI have their roots in the 1992 ground breaking Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit, where 178 governments, in Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration, agreed that 'environmental issues are best handled with participation of concerned citizens, at the relevant level'. A decade later at the World Summit of Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg this principle was reaffirmed and translated into a practical initiative that is the Partnership for Principle 10 and TAI.
Capacity Global is the UK NGO coordinator for the Partnership for Principle 10 (PP10) and The Access Initiative (TAI). Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Capacity Global worked with the FCO to co-host the 2005 annual PP10 meeting attended by more than 80 delegates from all over the world.
The UK Environmental Justice Network (UKEJ Network)
Capacity is a co-founder of the UK Environmental Justice Network that works with members, community groups, NGOs and the private and public sector to lobby and campaign for environmental justice in the UK. If you would like information on the UKEJ Network, including details on how to join contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Research conducted by Capacity Global suggests that within the EU, vulnerable groups carry a disproportionate burden of environmental hazards. Our findings also show that this same group of people are excluded from access to the mainstream legal system, specifically within the UK.
In order to tackle this inequality in access to justice Capacity Global has developed a range of projects that encourage the development and use of the law, as a means of attaining environmental justice. Driven by the Aarhus Convention much of our work has been focused on promoting the use of procedural elements of environmental justice, such as access to information and public participation, both areas of law are firmly established within the European Union (EU).
Below are details of our legal projects.
CAJE is a network of organisations who lobby and advocate for the improvement of environmental law and legal systems. Capacity Global, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF), Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) make up its present membership. Working together the network reviews the operation of environmental law in England and Wales, identifying inadequacies with regard to access to justice.
Environmental Justice in Europe. This groundbreaking programme of work is designed to tackle environmental inequality by improving access to environmental justice across Europe. Developed by Capacity Global EJ.EU provides a forum for information, discussion and research that encourages European Union institutions to integrate environmental equality into policy and law. EJ.EU is currently exploring the possibility of using European ‘discrimination’ laws to improve quality of life for those communities most vulnerable to the impacts of environmental degradation.
If you have any information that you would like to contribute to CAJE or the EJ.EU forum please contact: email@example.com
Working alongside community groups and organisers, Capacity Global develops and coordinates Environmental Justice projects across a range of issues including community action, environmental training, urbanization and sustainable development.
Capacity Global project work is designed to provide practical solutions to environmental problems as well as improve community cohesion, promoting the development of strong inter-community relationships regardless of faith, age, ethnicity, physical ability or sexuality.
Alongside our project-based initiatives, capacity Global also provides free advice and guidance to community groups or individuals trying to make a positive change to their local environments.
For details of our community projects and the free advice and information service read below.
Every Action Counts (EAC) is a nationwide initiative designed to help individuals, community workers and the third sector improve their communities and environment. Launched in June 2006, funded by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and delivered through a consortium of voluntary and community sector organisations, EAC celebrates the steps taken by people nation wide, as they work towards developing sustainable local communities.
As part of theEAC team, Capacity Global collects inspirational real-life stories that capture day-to-day experiences from members of the public as they reduce carbon emissions, recycle waste, save energy and buy locally. To promote good practice on ethical living, stories are documented as case studies and shared amongst project partners and participants.
To find out more about ethical living, or to get involved in 'Every Action Counts' visit www.everyactioncounts.org.uk. For more ideas on how to improve your own ethical lifestyle read the 'In an Ethical World Every Action Counts.' article in the resource centre.
If you want to tell Capacity Global or EAC about your inspiring contributions to sustainable development contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are Every Action Counts case studies ready for download
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From Little Things Big Things Grow - Hilldrop Community Centre, Islington, London
Follow the Bubblebee - Bee Concerned
Healing in Heeley - Heeley City Farm Sheffield
Sofa so Good - Sofa Project Bristol
Home Green Home - Gallions Ecopark, Greenwich, London
Fry Away Drive Away - Redfield, Buckinghamshire
Street Seats - Southville Bristol
Flour Power - Quainton Windmill Society, Buckinghamshire
Reclaiming the Street - The Dings Home Zone, Bristol
Every Local Shop Counts - Wye Valley
Bikes for All - Leicester
Ethnic and Ethical - London Food Link, Sustain, London
Ruins to Riches - Roman Gardens, Gamesley, Peak District
East and Wheelies - Jagonari Cycles, London
Gardeners World - Hume Community Garden Centre, Manchester
Get Fit for Free - Luton
Going My Way - Liftshare, Nationwide
Inspiring Change with People and Communities - Trafford Hall
Ghange Your World One Mile at a Time - Sustrans
Putting Compost into the Curriculum - Leicestershire
European Union social inclusion policies recognise that young people are particularly susceptible to social, political and cultural exclusion. Working with this in mind Capacity Global has initiated a project that encourages young people to participate in the drawing up of policies that concern them.
A Capacity Global European partnership, ‘Just Cities ’ works with ‘excluded’ youth groups in Amsterdam, Berlin, London and Paris. Focusing on urban environments and their vulnerability to civil unrest, the project helps a diverse range of young people explore ways of turning a city into an 'environmentally just' place to live, work and play.
Using diaries, blogs, photos and films the young people taking part in ‘Just Cities’ will document their environment and discuss options for its improvement, opening a European urban regeneration dialogue between youth groups and decision makers. This project has been commissioned by Jean Lambert, MEP, of the Parliamentary Green Party.
For more information or to get involved please contact: email@example.com
Launched in the UK for the first time, the Environmental Justice Activists project helps ordinary people transform neighbourhoods under the threat of pollution and environmental problems into healthy places to live. Funded by the Big Lottery and coordinated by Capacity Global and Friends of the Earth Scotland ‘Environmental Justice Activists’ offers a unique programme of training, advice and ‘hands on’ community focused work.
Designed for people who want to ensure a healthy environment for themselves and their community, this project works on the premise that anyone can become an activist. Training is delivered through accredited courses such as the Higher Education Certificate at Queen Margaret’s University College or short courses at Ruskin’s College, Oxford.
No previous qualifications are required, however a belief that everyone has a right to a healthy environment is a must. Participants gain the opportunity to learn about planning, media handling, community engagement and the ‘ABC’ of environmental campaigning.
For more information or to get involved please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Capacity Global offers a 'one2one’ advice and information service providing practical and professional advice for community groups or individuals who are tackling environmental issues that cause problems in their quality of life at home, school, work or when using public facilities. Our advice service is free of charge and strictly confidential. Using the Practical Quality Assurance Systems for Small Organisations (PQASSO), we also provide support for small NGO’s helping to develop their ability to campaign on social and environmental justice issues.
One 2 Ones
If you are a community group or an individual that would like independent advice on how to challenge a legal or local council decision that raises environmental issues in your area contact: email@example.com
PQASSO is a practical quality assurance system for small organisations, or for projects within larger organisations. A low-cost, straightforward quality system, written in plain English and designed specifically for voluntary sector organisations PQASSO provides a flexible, step-by-step approach to working out what your organisation is doing well and what could be improved. By using the self-assessment work pack, the system helps you to set priorities for your organisation's future and improve your organisation's performance.
If you are a small organisation that would like support in developing your ability to campaign on environmental issues Capacity Global can help you to implement PQASSO. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
An experienced training and workshop provider, Capacity Global designs courses, workshops and seminars specific to the environmental justice sector. Attended by a range of people, from community activists to high-level civil servants, our training packages are reputed for providing a forum where people exchange ‘real life’ experiences and share new ideas for tackling environmental issues.
Using multi-media resources participants engage in action driven learning methods that promote ‘good practice’ knowledge sharing. Training sessions can be run as a standalone activity of as part of a wider research, advocacy or community project. Bespoke training is designed to meet specific needs and interests in environmental justice policy & law and advocacy areas such as poverty and the environment or diversity and the environment. If you would like a bespoke training package designed to suit your specific needs, contact: email@example.com
For details of our training packages read below.
In association with partners listed below, Capacity Global is the first UK organisation to introduce environmental justice training into the mainstream education system. Details of the course are given below. If you are interested in developing ideas about environmental justice within the education system, either at a primary or secondary school, a college, or a university/adult education institute contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is a list of our current courses
TEN: Capacity Global follows ten people from a diverse range of backgrounds as they receive training and work experience in the countries leading environmental organisations. The TEN project tracks the progress of each intern, documenting the personal and organisational transformations that arise in a sector known for it’s cultural exclusivity.
Environmental Justice Activists: Funded by the Big Lottery Fund and run in association with Friends of the Earth Scotland, this course, taught at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh trains ordinary people to be environmental activists. Students undertake 12 units of study and work with a community group on an environmental justice project. On completion of the course students receive a Higher Education Certificate that contributes towards the first year of a relevant degree.
For more information or to get involved please contact: email@example.com
Capacity Global workshops and seminars cover a range of topics relevant to the social and environmental justice agenda. Recent sessions run by Capacity Global are listed on the left hand side of this page. For information on future workshops or seminars contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are details of our workshops and seminars.
Revisioning Black Urbanism
Capacity Global and Goldsmiths University present Revisioning Black Urbanism, a series of groundbreaking seminars that review community cohesion, regeneration and environmental justice from a Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic perspective. More >>
“Providing a platform for voices and issues that don't usually get heard is an important part of promoting community cohesion from the grass roots up.” - Maria Abedowale - Capacity Global / Director.
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Global Approaches to Environmental Democracy
This week long seminar on global environmental democracy and governance was commissioned by the British Council and supported by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Designed for civil servants, the seminars were successful in supporting 'leaders in their field' to develop a more detailed understanding of how environmental democracy and equality can be implemented locally, nationally and internationally.
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Capacity Global works, wherever possible, with likeminded organisations, groups and individuals worldwide. If, after reviewing our work remit, you are you are interested in using your personal or organisational skill to support a particular Capacity Global project or issue please get in touch.
If you would like to financially support Capacity Global’s work you or your organisation could fund a project, sponsor an event or make a founding donation to the “Capacity Global Trust.’
For more information visit the Donations & Sponsorship page or look at our volunteer, internship and job opportunities.
There are a variety of ways in which organisations and individuals can support Capacity Global. You can use your skills to work with us, fund a project, sponsor an event or make a founding donation to the ‘Capacity Global Trust’.
Capacity Global operates as a 'not for profit' Company limited by guarantee. Registered in England and Wales no. 4132128.
To be launched in Winter 2007, the Capacity Global Trust will be the charitable arm of the Capacity Global organisation. If you would like to mark the launch of the trust by making a founding donation please contact: email@example.com
To sponsor an up and coming Capacity Global event, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Capacity Global works, whenever possible, with like-minded organisations, groups and individuals worldwide. To ensure internship, volunteer and job opportunities are open to a representative cross section of society we recruit using a diversity and equal opportunities policy. If you’re interested in using your personal or organisational skill to support a particular Capacity Global project or issue please contact email@example.com
Capacity Global offers volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Volunteers are valued as part of the Capacity Global team and, as far as possible, are given tasks, responsibilities and/or project work that matches individual interests and previous experience.
“Being a volunteer with Capacity Global is really rewarding. I have honed research skills and gained better writing skills. The office is located in a pleasant place. Capacity Global has important work to do and it has been a privilege to help.” - John McGahern / Research Volunteer from Westminster University.
Committed to providing a stimulating work placement for people interested in social and environmental issues Capacity Global offers internship opportunities for 3 or 6 months throughout the year. Interns are valued as part of the Capacity Global team and are given tasks, responsibilities and project work that matches individual interests and previous experience.
“I highly recommend an internship at Capacity Global. Dealing with a variety of policy issues and acting to make a difference in peoples lives I’m learning so much. Other members of staff are helpful and have welcomed me into the team, helping me broaden my understanding of the connections between environmental and social issues. The professional growth I have experienced at Capacity Global is priceless.” - Iara Ferreira / Community Projects Intern from Kings College
Click here for our Equal Opportunities document (PDF)
Capacity Global offers a small number of three to six month internships. Internships are open to people who can demonstrate a commitment to environmental and social justice issues and an enthusiasm for research, journalism and community work.
Internships timetables are decided on project needs, applicant’s skills and availability; however a minimum of 2 days a week is suggested. Office hours are 10am to 5:30pm unless otherwise arranged. Internships at Capacity Global are unpaid positions; however travel expenses and a lunch allowance will be paid. We recruit throughout the year.Vacancies
Editorial Intern: This placement will require excellent online journalism skills and/or experience. An eye for detail and design is desirable.
Every Action Counts Intern: This placement will require specific interest and/or experience of community projects and excellent writing skills
Making an Application
Your written application should include:
Email applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for both internship positions is Friday 6th April. For details of Capacity Global work, including the ‘Every Action Counts’ project, please explore this website.
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