China has strong pollution laws on the books, but enforcement lags behind, harming the environment and human health. Through a multi-faceted capacity building program, we help grassroots community groups identify pollution problems and work with local governments to find solutions for cleaning up toxic waste and dangerous emissions.

Increasing Public Participation in China’s Environment

In the News | February 14, 2018 | Hanyuan Guo, Kristen McDonald and Zhao Zong | China Water Risk
In recent years, public participation has emerged in environmental protection field and has been viewed by authorities as a potential method to reach more rational decisions. In this context,...

Worst Oil Ship Disaster in Deceades

In the News | January 17, 2018 | Sue Libenson | Ship & Bunker
In a note to Ship & Bunker, Sue Libenson, Senior Arctic Program officer, Pacific Environment, said the tragedy has once again highlighted the danger of HFO spills, particularly in sensitive...

Our Top 5 of 2017

Blog Post | January 3, 2018 | Alex Levinson, Executive Director
The most powerful force on Earth is people power. Every day, people around the Pacific Rim who are finding new and creative ways to protect us all from climate...

This Chinese “Environmental Grandma” Fights Rampant River Pollution

Blog Post | November 30, 2017 | Deng Ping, China Program Consultant
Last year, I accompanied Yun Jianli on a surprise visit to a wastewater treatment plant in her hometown Xiangyang in Hubei Province. We were investigating river pollution and asked...

Surprisingly, a Lot to Be Thankful for in 2017

Blog Post | November 24, 2017 | Alex Levinson, Executive Director
I’m sad about—and definitely resisting—the Trump administration’s attack on the environment, social justice, and the rule of law in the United States. But I also have a tremendous amount to...

Mobilizing Chinese Citizens to Clean Up Pollution

Blog Post | December 19, 2016 | Kristen McDonald
Imagine: A local villager admitting that she accepted a color TV from the owner of a factory that is polluting a nearby river. Environmental officials questioning pollution data presented...