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.

Our Top 7 Wins of 2014

Blog Post | December 8, 2014 | Alex Levinson
It has been a banner year for us and our local partners on the frontlines of environmental justice around the Pacific Rim. Here are seven accomplishments I’m especially proud...

China’s 13th Five-Year Plan

Blog Post | November 6, 2014 | Alex Levinson and Kristen McDonald
First published in chinadialogue In the nation’s 13th Five-Year Plan, the leaders of China should, once and for all, enshrine the principle that protection of the public’s health and...

Public Participation and Public Protest in China

Blog Post | July 29, 2014 | Kristen McDonald
China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection recently reported that there was a 31% rise in mass environmental protests during 2013. The statistic highlights the growth of “NIMBY” (not in my...

Grassroots Organizations Will Help China Move Away From Coal

Blog Post | July 22, 2014 | Kristen McDonald and Sun Qingwei
First Published in the Huffington Post President Obama’s new carbon rule elicited a seemingly strong reaction from China: a pledge to institute a national carbon cap by 2016. But does...

Pacific Environment Welcomes Sun Qingwei as China Climate Coordin

Blog Post | May 30, 2014 | Caroline Dezendorf
China has recently been generating a tremendous amount of news because of its pressing need to decrease air pollution and build a clean energy future. This is a heavy...

A Day in the Life of a River Volunteer in China

Blog Post | May 16, 2014 | Zhao Zhong
Yu Lixiang asked me to meet him on a sunny afternoon in March on the banks of the Xiang River. He waited for me by a bridge where he...