Survival is a charity that works with indigenous tribal people to protect their lives and lands. Donations help to prevent genocide, stop government oppression, and protect tribal lands.

Living in the tundra, Siberian Tribes are nomadic reindeer herders, hunters and gathers. They have lost much of their land to state-run industries, and Soviet authorities made strong attempts to suppress their languages, culture, and way of life. The biggest problems they face today is the degradation of their environment by the oil, gas and logging industries.

Survival is campaigning for these tribal people to be consulted about industrial projects on their land with the right to veto, and for the awarding of compensation for land that has already been destroyed. The charity calls for Russia to ratify International Labour Organisation Convention 169 to recognize the rights of tribal land ownership, as well as other rights of indigenous people.

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Himalayan Trust UK

Since 1989, the Himalayan Trust has been improving education and transforming community health of the Nepali mountain people. Working with schools in remote villages, this charity has built classrooms, provided essential furnishing and equipment, and provided training for over 750 teachers. The door to escape poverty is unlocked through the provision of better education.

In 2013, the Trust introduced a Health Programme that has transformed community health in the impoverished area of Taplejung. Village leaders and health care professionals have reported significant improvements in the people’s health, thanks to health projects run by the Himalayan Trust. They offer scholarships for local women to train as health workers and midwives.

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Save the Arctic

A Greenpeace organization, Save the Arctic works with policy makers to express the importance of protecting the Arctic. They put pressure on politicians and expose and take to court companies attempting to drill the Arctic. Their lawyers challenged and stopped Arctic oil drilling in Norway and helped the people of Clyde River win a case against Canada’s supreme court to end seismic blasting in their waters.

The Arctic is home to more than 4 million people and a range of majestic wildlife. Heating up twice as fast as the rest of the planet, the ecosystems of the Arctic are under significant strain. Melting of sea ice causes rubbish and pollutants to contaminate the homes of native wildlife, leading to their struggle for survival.

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Charity: Water

With 100% of donations channeled into the field, Charity: Water works with local organizations to build sustainable water projects owned by communities around the world. They have provided clean water to over eleven million people and have funded over fifty thousand water projects in twenty-nine countries.

There are nearly 800 million people living without access to clean water: that is almost 1 in 10 people worldwide. Living in rural communities, these people must often travel hours to collect water that may be contaminated with disease. This keeps children out of school and adults out of work. Access to clean water means that children can have an education, income can be earnt, and community health is improved, helping to fight extreme poverty. Girls and women are particularly affected by this issue, as they are often the ones responsible for water collection. In Africa alone, women spend 40 billion hours a year walking for water.

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Marine Conservation Society

UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society works to ensure our oceans are healthy, protected, and pollution free. Nearly ten years of campaigning resulted in the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010, requiring Scottish Ministers to protect and enhance the health of Scotland’s seas, establish well-managed Marine Protected Areas, and creates a marine plan that includes ecosystem objectives. The charity has had many successes since its founding in 1983, including persuading the UK government to put a charge on single-use bags in 2013.

Overfishing and littering is putting extreme pressure on our seas. UK seas holds over 15,000 marine species, including dolphins, sharks, whales, and seahorses. A lack of proper protection and overexploitation has caused significant damage to this environment, putting marine wildlife at serious risk, as well as the industries and jobs that rely on the seas.

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