Explore the Pacific Region

RUSSIA: Protecting the Last Great Wild

The Last Great Wild -- Growing Environmental Stewardship in Siberia and the Russian Far East

ALASKA:

Protecting America's last frontier

CHINA:

Protecting China's Rich Marine Ecosystem

CALIFORNIA:

Promoting a Safer, Cleaner Environment

THE ARCTIC:

Bridging Communities

GLOBAL:

Holding Public Banks Accountable

Energy/California

California is on the cutting edge of clean energy policy, but failing to meet its goals. Pacific Environment is working to ensure that our home state gets back on its clean energy course and deploys the best clean energy policies to meet its 33% renewable goal by 2020. Learn More >>

Oceans/Marine Sanctuaries

California’s coastal waters, especially in the Bay Area, have experienced an increase in shipping traffic in the last several decades. Shipping traffic from oil tankers and container ships are a major threat to marine life in these areas; these threats include oil spills, relentless noise pollution, ship strikes, and the air pollution caused by the burning of dirty fuels. Pacific Environment is working towards a solution by advocating for slower shipping speeds for large vessels within the waters of the National Marine Sanctuaries. Learn More >>

Shark Fin Trade

Millions of sharks die every year to supply the cruel and wasteful trade in their fins, a product used in food and medicine throughout China. Through our Marine Conservation and Wildlife Trade program, we investigate local shark fin markets and other pressing issues impacting China’s seas.

Washington D.C

Pacific Environment holds public banks such as the U.S. Export-Import Bank in Washington D.C. accountable to taxpayers, project-impacted communities and the environment. Working with local organizations, we can block the worst extractive projects; improve the environmental and social conditions of many others; and ensure that local people have a greater say in decisions that affect their lives. Learn More >>

India

The U.S. Export-Import Bank is facing serious criticism from environmental groups such as Pacific Environment, Friends of the Earth, Sierra Club and others -- after approving financing for an environmentally controversial “ultra mega power plant” (UMPP) in India known as Sasan. Learn More >>

Huai River

The Huai River once ran black with pollution. The watershed and the communities that depend on it need effective local advocates to stop hundreds of prevailing illegal polluters. We work with Green Anhui and Wuhu Ecology Center to push polluters to clean up their act.

Papua New Guinea

In 2010, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has made a $3 billion deal with oil companies, such as Exxon Mobil, to build a Liquefied Natural Gas plant in Papua New Guinea along with a 400-mile pipeline, through rich and diverse rainforest ecosystems. Not only will the pipeline cut through remote highlands and coastal waters, it will also emit 3.1 million tones of CO2 annually. The development will also cut through mangrove and coral-reef habitat with harmful impacts on biodiversity, including endangered sea turtles and marine mammals. Other local impacts including growing human rights concerns. Learn More >>

South Africa

The U.S. Export-Import Bank is planning to finance a 4,800-megawatt Kusile coal-fired power plant in South Africa. Kusile would be one of the largest greenhouse gas-emitting power plants in the world, emitting an estimated 36.8 million tons of greenhouse gases,and spewing other forms of toxic pollution into the local environment. Learn More >>

Songhua River

The Songhua River and its neighboring communities have suffered from disastrous chemical spills. We support Green Longjiang in their efforts to improve the water quality of this major tributary to the Heilong/Amur River, the lifeblood of the eastern border between China and Russia.

Biliu River

The Biliu River is the lifeblood rural communities in Liaoning Province, and supplies drinking water to the budding port city of Dalian. Our partner, Blue Dalian, helps communities impacted by polluting gold mines upstream, and works to end garbage dumping downstream.

Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal is known as the “Galapagos of Russia,” with a unique ecosystem that hosts more than 1,700 endemic species of plants and animals. Lake Baikal is located in southern Siberia, near the Russian-Mongolian border, but also surrounded by steep mountains and dense forests; it is one of the most ancient lakes in geological history. It also contains 20% of the world’s (unfrozen) freshwater reserve. The lake still faces threats from gold mining in the watershed on the Mongolian side, construction of a uranium center, and proposed zinc and lead mines. Learn More >>

The Mountains of Altai

The Altai region is not only rich in its environment and biodiversity but it is also culturally significant, and said to be the “Cradle of Mongolian and Turkic civilizations.” Altai is home to ancient rock art, called petroglyphs, and ancient burial sites. The local indigenous people consider these artifacts and sites to be sacred, and have important historical and scientific value.

The unique biodiversity and culture of Altai have been threatened by plans to build the Altai Gas Pipeline, which would stretch from western Siberia to the Xinjiang Province in China, and by plans to build a large hydroelectric dam on the Katun River. Learn More >>

Kamchatka Peninsula

The Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia is one of the world’s last wild Pacific salmon sanctuaries, with natural resources that have been nearly untouched by for centuries. Kamchatka is a pristine land with volcanoes, geysers, and remarkably clean watersheds. Kamchatka’s bountiful natural wealth in resources has led it directly into the crossfire of industrialization. Pacific Environment partners with local environmental groups in Kamchatka to monitor and halt the destructive effects of poaching, dams, urbanization, deforestation, mining, and oil and gas development. Learn More >>

Bering Sea & Aleutian Islands

The Bering Sea is one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world and supports half of the U.S. fishing industry. On the southern end of the Bering Sea are the Aleutian Islands, a 1,100 mile-long chain of volcanic islands, which harbor some of the oldest-cold water coral and sponge habitats on the planet. Also included within this area are the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to 40 million seabirds; and the Pribilof Islands, oft-referred to as the ‘Galapagos of the North’ and also the breeding site for 90% of the world’s northern fur seal population. This entire region is threatened by marine pollution and industrial fishing. The Aleutian Islands are part of the ‘Great Circle Route,’ a major shipping corridor between Asia and the Americas. Learn More >>

Beaufort Sea & Chukchi Sea

The Beaufort and Chukchi Seas are adjacent to the Arctic Ocean, and are inhabited by an unparalleled wilderness. Species that call this area home are the bowhead whale, polar bears, and ice seals. The Inupiat communities of the Alaskan Arctic coast are considered to be the longest continuously occupied settlements in North America. Melting sea ice is also leading to efforts by oil and gas companies and the global shipping community to increase industrial development in this rapidly melting frontier. Subsequently, climate change is causing enormous stress on these ecosystems. Learn More >>

Green Choice Campaign

Five out of seven of China’s major rivers are unfit for human contact, and one reason is the demand for products that are built with outdated, polluting technologies. We work with Green Student Forum and Green Stone to harness the power of Chinese consumers to clean up supply chains.

Yellow River

The upper Yellow River in Gansu Province is a scenic marvel and a critical resource to local nomadic and rural ethnic communities. Our partner Green Camel Bell has led the charge to protect the heritage of the Yellow River from dams and polluting factories.

Sakhalin Island

Sakhalin Island, located just off of the coast of the Russian Far East, is home to the critically endangered Western Pacific gray whale (less than 130 remain); but also is host to an incredibly fragile ecosystem, which supports rich salmon runs and marine fisheries. The survival of the Western Pacific gray whale is threatened by two large-scale petroleum projects: Sakhalin I, led by Exxon, and Sakhalin II, led by Sakhalin Energy, a consortium of petroleum companies including Shell, Mitsui, Mitsubishi and other companies. Learn More >>