China has many strong pollution laws on the books, but enforcement is weak. We partner with grassroots groups to identify pollution and pressure governments to shut down polluters or clean up toxic waste and dangerous emissions. We also collaborate with communities to stem the flow of plastic trash into the ocean.

The farmer, pictured with his lawyer (left), who originally applied to the Anhui Provincial Environmental Protection Office for information disclosure. (Photo: Pacific Environment)

The People Vs. Environmental Destruction

January 30, 2017
Green Anhui’s precedent-setting cases bring justice to communities in China. Our partners are on the frontlines of environmental justice in China. In two precedent-setting cases, Green Anhui made sure...
The power of social media has transformed citizen mobilization. Wielding his phone, Mao Ge is on the lookout for pollution. (Photo: Pacific Environment)

Tweeting Shuts Down Polluter

January 30, 2017
Mao Ge Uses the Power of Social Media to Fight Water Pollution in China. Mao Ge was walking along the Xiangtan River near his home of Xiangtan, Hunan Province,...
Our grassroots partners encourage citizens to become pollution watchdogs, helping uncover and clean up hundreds of factory discharges every year. (Photo: Pacific Environment)

Mobilizing Chinese Citizens to Clean Up Pollution

December 19, 2016
Imagine: A local villager admitting that she accepted a color TV from the owner of a factory that is polluting a nearby river. Environmental officials questioning pollution data presented...
As part of his village’s ecotourism initiative, village leader Donchi teaches visitors from the cities about the grasslands and his community’s way of life. (Photo: Pacific Environment)

A Story of Tibetan Villagers Designing Their Own Development – With a Very Happy Ending

December 9, 2016
A few months ago, the people of Karlsi, a small village high in China’s Tibetan Plateau, refused a lucrative offer from a construction firm eager to build roads and...
Industrial waste water leaks into the Bei Xiaohe River on June 25, 2007 in Beijing, China. The country ranks 100th for ecological modernization, the same as in 2004, on a list of 118 developing and developed countries, according to the Modernization Report 2007 released by the Chinese Academy of Science.  (Photo: Guang Niu/Getty Images)

FIELD UPDATE: Frontline Environmental Groups Are Changing the Pollution Rules in China

October 5, 2016
When a mine leaks heavy metals into drinking water supply in China, or when school children fall sick due to contaminated soil, or when a factory exceeds its pollution...
This photo taken on December 22, 2014 shows smoke rising in the air from a power plant near Hengshui in China's Hebei province. China has for years been hit by heavy air pollution, caused by enormous use of coal to generate electricity to power a booming economy, and by more vehicles on the roads. China said in November that it aims to cap its annual coal use at 4.2 billion tonnes by 2020, a one-sixth increase on current consumption, already by far the world's largest.     AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR        (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Kicking the Coal Habit Moves to the Mainstream in China

April 21, 2016
By: Deng Ping and Kristen McDonald Originally published in The Huffington Post What is one sure-fire way to reduce devastating pollution in China, decrease carbon emissions and stabilize the...