The Arctic is ground zero for climate change. We and allies block offshore oil drilling. We route ships away from coastal communities and wildlife to avoid collisions and catastrophic oil spills. And we help propel the shipping industry into a clean energy future.

A brown pelican coated in heavy oil wallows in the surf.  In addition to acute impacts to marine life, oil spill can have persistent impacts that affect the entire ecosystem for many years. (Photo: Win Mcnamee)

The True Cost of Oil Spills

February 9, 2017
The Arctic hosts one of the world’s most productive and most pristine marine environments.  An oil spill of heavy fuel oil, which could devastate this fragile world and destroy...
Eduard Zdor, director of the Chukotka Association of Traditional Marine Mammal Hunters, dedicates his life to protecting Arctic marine mammals sacred to the Chukotka. (Photo: Pacific Environment)

Arctic Peoples and Mammals in Crisis

January 30, 2017
Eduard Zdor protects walruses threatened by climate change and connects indigenous youth with their cultural traditions. Scientists and indigenous peoples noticed a disturbing trend among walrus populations in Chukotka...
As sea ice melts, ship traffic increases, interfering with wildlife migrations and breeding and increasing the risk of a catastrophic oil spill. (Photo: IMO)

Arctic Commitment Signatories Demand Arctic Shipping Clean Up

January 25, 2017
A world-leading expedition cruise ship operator today joined international environmental organisations to spearhead the protection of Arctic communities and ecosystems from risks posed by the use of marine heavy...
Pacific Environment aims to mobilize the international community to protect Arctic peoples and wildlife. (Photo: Bryan & Cherry Alexander Photography/ArcticPhoto)

Hopeful News for Arctic Protection As We Head Into 2017

December 26, 2016
As 2016 ends and we look ahead to the challenges of 2017, I want to pause for a minute and share with you some encouraging news for the future...
Indigenous peoples across the Arctic practice traditional ways of life closely connected to the waters on which they rely for food. (Photo: Austin Ahmasuk)

Indigenous Leaders Need a Seat at the U.N. Table

December 23, 2016
“The anticipated increase in ship traffic in the Arctic is second in magnitude only to the initial arrival of European settlers on our shores.” When my friend Austin Ahmasuk,...
Our advocacy to President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau helped make the threat of heavy fuel oil a top priority for Arctic policy makers and even some shipping companies. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

It’s Time to Ban Toxic Oil from the Arctic

December 2, 2016
Right now, Pacific Environment is gearing up to fight two big threats to the Arctic: a catastrophic oil spill and President-elect Trump’s ruthless fossil fuel agenda. Transported as cargo...