Green River was founded in 1995 in Sichuan, aiming to raise awareness for environmental protection in Chinese communities and to pursue sustainable development in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River. Green River built an environmental conservation station on the Yangtze River. This organization also brings scholars, media sources and volunteers together to study the ecology in the Yangtze River region, discuss solutions and implement plans. Green river publishes on media platforms to promote environmental protection and raise public awareness. It also organizes seminars for communities and international philanthropists to take action. From 2001 to 2020, Green River initiated various research projects on endangered species and sustainable solutions to agricultural and fishing industries.
Green River aims to reduce the amount of undecomposable trash accumulated in the Yangtze River to prevent the pollution of water sources. Since 2012, Green River has project allowing nomadic people to collect the trash in exchange for food at the environmental conservation station. In addition, Green River organizes volunteers to sort recyclable trash at the conservation station into packages and send them to designated areas. These projects form a system for trash management to reduce pollution overall. In 2013, university students are mobilized to walk more than 400 kilometers to remove plastic disposed near the highway, and collect statistics to raise awareness. From 2016-2020, Green River established 18 trash recycling sites along the Qinghai-Tibet Highway. This is a replicable model of trash collection and transportation, based on the collaboration between the government, civil society organizations and volunteers.
SEE Foundation, Xinhu Foundation(新湖基金会), Saifu Family Foundation(塞富家庭基金会), UNDP
Zhonghuan Environmental Protection Foundation(中环环保基金会), Tencent Public Welfare(腾讯公益), The Bund(外滩画报)