PacTEAN support efforts to combat the environmental impacts of the electronics industry. With technology advancing faster than ever, high-tech products such as computers, laptops, and MP3 players go from the factory to the home to the landfill faster than ever. Electronics manufacturing requires hundreds of toxic chemicals such as lead and mercury. Factory workers in electronics factory and recycling facilities are exposed to toxic exposure leading to cancer, birth defects, and other health problems. Those same toxic chemicals wind up poisoning our rivers, oceans, land, air, and groundwater once they are disposed of.
PacTEAN works in Asia and North America to improve consumer awareness, and manufacturing practices. For more information, please contact Lily Hsueh.
PacTEAN supports efforts to combat climate change. Energy consumption, especially in Asia, continues to rise, steering us closer towards irreversible climate change. Asian countries, such as Taiwan, with high rates of economic growth and similarly high increases in Greenhouse Gas emissions need to begin working alongside other countries to combat climate change.
PacTEAN supports international efforts such as Global Climate Campaign and Local Governments for Sustainability (www.iclei.org) to work for a global solution for climate change. For more information, please contact Mitchell Tsai.
The degradation of freshwater ecosystems and shortage of freshwater supply is one of the most daunting challenges in the 21st century. We pollute freshwater bodies by discharging toxic wastewaters untreated and modify the physical characteristics in the name of flood defense, navigation, energy generation, or water supply. In so doing, we have mistreated and overexploited freshwater systems that they are losing the abilities to provide valuable ecosystems services that sustain the lives of human beings.
PacTEAN support efforts to protect and enhance our life-supporting freshwater ecosystems. For more information, please contact Kuei-hsien Liao.
Coastal Wetlands & Habitats
Coastal Wetlands in Asia are under threats from overdevelopment, pollutions, shoreline erosion, and other forms of environmental degradation. Since 1998, in partnership with SAVE International, TEAN worked with coastal communities and environmental organizations in Southwestern coast of Taiwan in actions to defeat the development of a major petrochemical and steel complex. Through local, national, and international advocacy and education, the actions have helped preserve the largest habitat for the endangered Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) as well as one of the most productive fishing grounds in coastal Taiwan.
PacTEAN continues to support collaboration between local NGOs in Taiwan and likeminded groups overseas. For more information, please contact Jeff Hou.