Ma Jun
Ma at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions in 2012
Born (1968-05-22) 22 May 1968 (age 55)

Ma Jun (simplified Chinese: 马军; traditional Chinese: 馬軍; 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]

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.[2]

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 2016, Ma Jun appeared in the National Geographic film, Before the Flood, directed by Fisher Stevens and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio.[6]


He was named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in May 2006, in an article written by Hollywood film star Ed Norton.[2] He was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2009. In 2012, Ma received the Goldman Environmental Prize.[7] In 2015, Ma Jun became the first Chinese social entrepreneur to win the Skoll Award.[8] In 2021, Jun was selected as a Bloomberg New Economy Catalyst.[9]

Selected publications


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

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

See also



  1. ^ a b National Geographic, Explorers:Ma Jun, Accessed 07-26-2012.
  2. ^ a b Ed Norton, 2006 TIME 100: Ma Jun Time, 8 May 2006.
  3. ^ Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs, China Water Pollution Map Archived 2011-01-24 at the Wayback Machine
  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. ^ "Before the Flood - Ma Jun". Before the Flood. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  7. ^ April 16, 2012: Goldman Environmental Prize Awards $150,000 to Six Heroes of the Environment Archived May 29, 2012, at the Wayback Machine; Prize Recipient Ma Jun
  8. ^ "Skoll - Skoll Awards".
  9. ^ "The 2021 Bloomberg New Economy Catalysts". Retrieved 2023-07-20.
  10. ^ "Tackling China's water crisis online | 在线解决中国水危机". Archived from the original on 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
  11. ^ "How participation can help China's ailing environment | 环境治理亟待社会共识 公众参与遏制权力寻租". Archived from the original on 2008-12-03. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
  12. ^ "Getting involved | 公众需深度参与环境保护". Archived from the original on 2008-08-07. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
  13. ^ "Disaster in Taihu Lake | 水污染不是自然灾害". Archived from the original on 2009-03-11. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
  14. ^ "After green GDP, what next? | 放弃绿色GDP,又该用什么调整政绩观?". Archived from the original on 2007-10-05. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
  15. ^ "Tackling pollution at its source | 河道不是城市下水道". Archived from the original on 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
  16. ^ "Ecological civilisation is the way forward | 以生态文明引领发展模式的根本变革". Archived from the original on 2011-09-05. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
  17. ^ "Your right to know: A historic moment | 你有权知道:一个历史性时刻". Archived from the original on 2008-10-11. Retrieved 2008-07-14.