About Pacific Environment
Pacific Environment is a non-profit organization that protects the living environment of the Pacific Rim by promoting grassroots activism, strengthening communities and reforming international policies. For nearly two decades, we have partnered with local communities around the Pacific Rim to protect and preserve the ecological treasures of this vital region. Together with partners in Russia, China, Japan, Alaska, California and elsewhere, we've shielded tens of thousands of acres of old growth forest; we've won protections for endangered species; we've forced oil, gas and mining companies to heed local concerns; and we've changed the way some of the world's most powerful financial institutions work.
Pacific Environment's success stems from a deep and abiding trust that local people, armed with the right tools and solid support, are the world's best hope for environmental renewal. We see ourselves as a catalyst in a community of individuals and organizations working to protect the Pacific Rim's wild places and wild life. As such, we support the development of grassroots organizations around the Pacific Rim, prioritize coalition-based advocacy, and use international leverage points in the service of our local partners.
How We Work on Climate Change:
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.