Environmental Heroes -- Wang Canfa and Zhang Jingjing

Wang Canfa and Zhang Jingjing in Yachats, Oregon
Wang Canfa and Zhang Jingjing in Yachats, Oregon, at the 2007 ELAW Annual Meeting.

Time Magazine has chosen Wang Canfa, director of the Beijing-based Center for Legal Assistance to Pollu­tion Victims (CLAPV), as a "Hero of the Environment" in a special Octo­ber 2007 double issue. CLAPV lead attorney Zhang Jingjing shares the spotlight in CNN`s "Planet in Peril" se­ries, with a report on her work helping villagers in Liangqiao hold a mining company accountable for polluting the Hengshui River.

"Doing this work isn`t easy . . . I`m not even 50 years old, and people look at me and say, `You`re pushing 60, right?`"

Wang Canfa

Since 1999, CLAPV has received thousands of complaints from Chinese citizens through the Center`s 24-hour telephone hotline. CLAPV has taken many cases to court and won victories, including a $730,000 ruling against a paper mill and chemical plant in Shan­dong province, after illegal discharges led to massive kills at fish farms.

ELAW has collaborated with CLAPV since 2005. Wang Canfa, Zhang Jingjing, and CLAPV attorney Ma Yan have all participated in ELAW Fellow­ships. CLAPV staff member Qu Xiao Xia will travel to Eugene for a ten-day ELAW Fellowship in December 2007.


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Time Magazine has chosen Wang Canfa, director of the Beijing-based Center for Legal Assistance to Pollu­tion Victims (CLAPV), as a "Hero of the Environment" in a special Octo­ber 2007 double issue.