We Build People Power

Every day community leaders around the Pacific Rim are finding ways to protect our planet from climate breakdown, air pollution, water loss and plastic waste. Pacific Environment nurtures these community solutions by providing local leaders with funding and expertise. We complement this movement-building by putting direct pressure on international decision-makers to amplify local voices and advance systemic environmental reform. Learn More

  • I studied chemistry and was ready to go to work for a big chemical manufacturing company, but Pacific Environment’s leaders inspired me to start a nonprofit to protect our rivers from chemical pollution.
    Zhou Xiang, Executive Director, Green Anhui, our partner China
  • Pacific Environment knows how to make the corporate and government big shots listen to the voices of people from around the Pacific Rim to win impressive environmental victories.
    Activist and Goldman Environmental Prize Winner

Our Key Issues

Thriving Communities
The Climate Crisis
Healthy Oceans, Rivers & Lakes


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  • People hold leaders accountable. We partner with local activists to demand justice in courts, to access information about environmental harms, and to involve local people in decisions that impact their health and livelihoods.
  • Plastic trash is choking rivers and accumulating in oceans, killing wildlife. To stop plastic trash from reaching the ocean, we collaborate with local communities to change how they dispose of trash and improve garbage collection and recycling practices.
  • Coal is the dirtiest of all climate-changing fossil fuels and its toxic health effects cause millions of premature deaths every year. We train local leaders seeking to protect their communities from the harms of coal and we connect them to the global movement against coal.
  • Wild places are disappearing nearly as fast as sea ice in the Arctic. We help local leaders establish parks and other protected areas to safeguard wilderness that stores carbon and provides shelter to tigers, leopards, bears, salmon and other threatened wildlife.
  • Our oceans regulate the global climate, feed hundreds of millions of people, and sustain the greatest variety of life on Earth. We lead coalitions that seek to establish rules to protect sensitive sea areas from oil and gas drilling, an exponential increase in ship traffic, and other industrializing proposals.
  • Communities
  • Trash
  • Climate
  • Wildlife
  • Oceans