Ma Jun (environmentalist)

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Ma Jun
Ma Jun - Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2012 crop.jpg
Ma at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions in 2012
Native name
Born (1968-05-22) 22 May 1968 (age 50)
Qingdao, China

Ma Jun (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Mǎ Jūn; born 22 May 1968) is a Chinese environmentalist, environmental consultant, and journalist. He is a director of the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE).


In the 1990s Ma became known as an investigative journalist, working at the South China Morning Post from 1993 to 2000. There, he began to specialize in articles on environmental subjects. He eventually became the Chief Representative of in Beijing.[1]

He was named as one of the 100 most influential persons in the world by Time magazine in May 2006, in an article written by Hollywood film star Ed Norton.[2]

Ma's 1999 book China's Water Crisis (Zhongguo shui weiji) has been compared to Rachel Carson's Silent Spring – China's first major book on the subject of that nation's environmental crisis.

He directs the IPE (Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs), which developed the China Water Pollution Map[3] (中国水污染地图), the first public database of water pollution information in China. He also serves as environmental consultant for the Sinosphere Corporation.[1]

Ma said: "Water pollution is the most serious environmental issue facing China. It has a huge impact on people’s health and economic development. That is why we have begun to build this database. To protect water resources, we need to encourage public participation and strengthen law enforcement. In some places, polluting factories and companies are being protected by local governments and officials." [4]

In 2010, Ma, addressing air pollution particularly in the wake of efforts made at the time of the Beijing Olympics, "said many of the government’s efforts to curtail pollution had been offset by the number of construction projects that spit dust into the air and the surge in private car ownership."[5]

In 2012, Ma received the Goldman Environmental Prize.[6]

In 2015, Ma Jun became the first Chinese social entrepreneur who won the Skoll Award.[7]

In 2016, Ma Jun appeared in the National Geographic film, "Before the Flood," directed by Fisher Stevens and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio.[8]

Selected publications[edit]

  • China's Water Crisis (中国水危机; 2004)

Ma Jun has written for the online journal chinadialogue since 2006. Articles are available in Chinese and English.

  • "Tackling China's water crisis online" [9] (21 September 2006)
  • "A path to environmental harmony" [1] (30 November 2006)
  • "How participation can help China's ailing environment" [10] (31 January 2007)
  • Jun, Ma (9 May 2007). "The environment needs freedom of information". Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  • "Getting involved" [11](24 May 2007)
  • "Disaster in Taihu Lake" [12] (8 June 2007)
  • "After green GDP, what next?" [13] (8 August 2007)
  • "Tackling pollution at its source" [14] (14 August 2007)
  • "Ecological civilisation is the way forward" [15] (31 October 2007)
  • "Your right to know: a historic moment"[16] (1 May 2008)

Ma Jun wrote for Hong Kong's South China Morning Post from 1993 to 2000.

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b National Geographic, Explorers:Ma Jun, Accessed 07-26-2012.
  2. ^ Ed Norton, 2006 TIME 100: Ma Jun Time, 8 May 2006.
  3. ^ Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs, China Water Pollution Map
  4. ^ Ma Jun and Naomi Li, Tackling China’s water crisis online,, 21 September 2006.
  5. ^ "In China, Pollution Worsens Despite New Efforts", by Andrew Jacobs with Lim Xin Hui and Xiyun Yang contributing research, The New York Times, July 28, 2010 (July 29, 2010 p. A4 of NY ed.). Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  6. ^ April 16, 2012: Goldman Environmental Prize Awards $150,000 to Six Heroes of the Environment; Prize Recipient Ma Jun
  7. ^ "Skoll - Skoll Awards".
  8. ^ "Before the Flood - Ma Jun". Before the Flood. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-03. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-08-07. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-11. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-10-05. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-05. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-11. Retrieved 2008-07-14.


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