Promoting Grassroots Activism
At Pacific Environment, we’re working side-by-side with community members around the Pacific Rim to hold governments and corporate giants like Shell accountable for the damage they’re causing. We litigate in courtrooms alongside indigenous groups. We travel with engineers as they trudge along muddy pipeline routes to document construction violations. We strategize with fishermen about how to promote sustainable economies while protecting both their livelihoods and the environment.
Not only are we building coalitions with a broad range of allies, we’re facilitating connections across the globe. For example, we’re bringing the stories of Shell’s broken promises in the Russian Far East to Alaska Native communities, increasing pressure on corporations to act responsibly from the ground up. And we’re connecting scientists in Russia with European courts and international lending institutions to pressure corporations from the top down.
Ours is not a typical conservation strategy—yet it has proven effective time and again. Pacific Environment has become a powerhouse of protection and social change in countries throughout the Pacific Rim.
We believe that long term environmental and social progress originates from strengthening local communities and grassroots movements, complemented with sophisticated policy advocacy at international finance and governance institutions.
We mentor, train, campaign, build networks, and provide direct financial support to activist leaders and non-governmental organizations in China, Russia, California, and the Alaskan Arctic to help them protect their communities from environmental and health threats and hold international governments, corporations, and financing institutions accountable for their policies and actions.
Together with our partners, we’ve shielded tens of thousands of acres of old growth forest; won protections for endangered species; forced oil, gas, mining, and timber companies to heed local concerns; closed polluting factories along rivers; and changed the way some of the world’s most powerful financial institutions work.