The Earth is warming; our climate is changing. The causes are many: burning dirty fuels for transportation and shipping, deforestation, increased energy consumption, agriculture fires, and other human-caused activities. Scientists predict that unless we do something to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions entering the atmosphere, there will be irreversible consequences: species extinction, ocean acidification, sea level rise, extreme weather patterns and spread of disease. Climate change also threatens the livelihoods of coastal communities around the world, including many indigenous communities, and threatens some of the world’s last remaining subsistence-based cultures.
How We Work:
Arctic & Alaska: Industrial activity in the Arctic is currently driven by economic interests, including resource extraction industries the shipping industry, which is attracted by the potential opening up of lucrative shipping passages. Meanwhile, Arctic peoples and cultures are vulnerable to rising global temperatures and disturbances to an already fragile ecosystem. Pacific Environment works with indigenous communities to protect the region from the environmental impacts of offshore oil and gas extraction, increased and under-regulated shipping, and short term climate forcers such as black carbon emissions.
California: In California, we work to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases by fighting dirty fossil fuel projects and working on state and local policies that promote the development of renewable energy alternatives.
Russia: We work with partners in Russia—native leaders, fishermen, government managers, and scientists—to monitor climate change and to fight irresponsible resource extraction in the Arctic. We help our partners to protect forests and reform the nation’s forest code to reduce the amount of black carbon emissions that intensify climate change in the Arctic.
China: We work with partners on the ground to develop a grassroots environmental movement that holds its policymakers accountable to climate change legislation and implementation.
April 19th, 2012