Many ships use outdated and dangerous fossil fuels to travel the oceans. We lead international coalitions that advocate a ban on oil in the Arctic and a transition to clean energy for the shipping industry. We also seek laws that protect wildlife and coastal communities by keeping ships out of sensitive areas.

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...
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...
International Marine Organization Secretary-General Kitack Lim received an Arctic delegation October 25 at the IMO headquarters in London. In the first meeting of its kind, a wide-range of issues surrounding climate change and the subsequent increase in number of ships operating in Arctic waters were discussed. (Photo: IMO)

Get Heavy Fuel Oil Out of the Arctic, Say Environmental, Indigenous Reps

October 25, 2016
Keep the Arctic cold and clean by cutting out heavy shipping fuels: that’s the message from a coalition of environmental advocacy groups and Indigenous speakers who want the International...