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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,...
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...
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,...
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...