Pacific Environment protects people, wildlife, and ecosystems by promoting grassroots activism, strengthening communities, and shaping international policies. In its fight for healthy oceans, the organization leads international campaigns and collaborates with local communities to establish marine protected areas and sensible ship routing measures, and it fights the rising tide of plastic pollution. These efforts seek to create a world in which ocean life is healthy and abundant, and local communities help drive coastal and marine conservation and stewardship.
Pacific Environment builds networks of grassroots environmentalists and offers funding and mentoring. In the Russian Far East and China, the organization has helped partners develop marine initiatives like the International Bering Sea Forum and the Save China Seas Network to address the pressing concerns of coastal communities. Pacific Environment also collaborates with grassroots leaders in Alaska, California, and Vietnam, where it recently started advocating for zero waste solutions to the problem of ocean trash in collaboration with local partners and the Break Free From Plastic movement. Pacific Environment complements its grassroots-led efforts with national and international coalition building to put direct advocacy pressure on decision-makers to create policies that resolve the root causes of environmental challenges.
At the International Maritime Organization (IMO), where Pacific Environment has earned rare consultative status, it works to protect marine ecosystems through shipping regulations. Pacific Environment also plays a leading role in domestic and international coalitions that seek to halt offshore oil and gas drilling and manage the anticipated harm of an exponential increase in ship traffic on communities, wildlife, and the ocean. It is also a key organizer and advocate for strong marine protections in the U.S. Arctic and a founding member of the Clean Arctic Alliance and Clean Up Carnival coalition, two international campaigns seeking to ban dangerous heavy fuel oil from Arctic waters to protect marine wildlife and coastal communities from catastrophic oil spills.
We asked Pacific Environment why they became a GLORES Partner:
“One of our organization’s long-term priorities is to establish a network of strong protective designations to safeguard coastal waters and critical ecological areas in the Arctic and Pacific oceans. To be successful, we need to ensure that the world’s best MPAs are recognized and receive benefits for their conservation efforts. The Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) provides that recognition to deserving MPAs.”