Only when people have access to reliable information can they hold leaders accountable. We work with grassroots leaders to push government and companies to share environmental and health information with the public. We conduct field investigations to uncover illegal activities. And we foster community-led solutions that help shape local policies.

Aleksei Gribkov, Russian environmentalist and forest protector. (Photo: Pacific Environment)

Courage Trumps Fear

January 30, 2017
Aleksei Gribkov defies government pressure and wins landmark legal victory for Russia’s environmental movement. Aleksei Gribkov did not back down when Russia’s state security agencies harassed him and his...
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,...
In Altai, large intact wetlands and forests act as carbon sinks and water purifiers. They also are home to owls, moose, deer, wolves, brown bears, wolverines, beavers and other wildlife. (Photo: Carlos Delgado/ Wikimedia Commons)

Protecting Russian Rivers from Illegal Mining

December 21, 2016
People have been searching for gold for thousands of years. It’s an enduring dream that anyone can strike it rich by sieving river mud in search of that big...
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...
Indigenous leader Valentina Boriskina fights coal mining that is devastating the lives of the Shor people in Siberia. (Photo: Pacific Environment)

Indigenous Leader Fights to Save Her Ancestral Lands from Coal Devastation

December 16, 2016
From North Dakota to Siberia, indigenous communities are fighting dangerous fossil fuel projects that threaten their water and sacred sites. Valentina Boriskina is a member of the Shor people...
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...