The environment has become a global issue that emphasizes international collaboration and consensus building. Unfortunately, under the present situation, Taiwan has no voice internationally. Because of regional conflict, political interference and self-isolation, Taiwan's participation and involvement in the global efforts for environmental protection have been limited. This lack of active participation in international environmental affairs has hampered Taiwan and will continue to do so as the world progress toward sustainable development in the twenty-first century. Subsequently, due to Taiwan's limited first-hand understanding of global environmental affairs, the severity of environmental problems is often underestimated and appropriate policy responses are often delayed. Moreover, it has been difficult for environmental issues in Taiwan to gain appropriate attention internationally. It is virtually impossible for Taiwan to contribute globally in environmental affairs since Taiwan is often absent from international forums where environmentalism is discussed. Taiwan's presence at environmental round-tables will enhance and amplify environmental discussions worldwide and play a role in environmental awareness in Taiwan. By relating Taiwan's environmental concerns to global concerns, Taiwan will benefit, as would the rest of the world. Local environmental affairs have become global ones; sustainable development is no longer just a local concern. In response to Taiwan's limited presence at environmental forum, a group of overseas Taiwanese students and activists, initiated the formation of Taiwan Environmental Action Network (TEAN). Those involved in TEAN are long-time activists in environmental movements both in Taiwan and worldwide. Several members are also students and scholars of environmental studies and sciences. Taiwan Environmental Action Network is an international grassroots organization that strives to increase Taiwan's involvement in international efforts on diverse environmental issues that concerns all people. We aim to work on collecting first-hand information to assist the Taiwanese society in moving toward sustainable development. As a member of the global village, TEAN shares a common vision with environmental organizations worldwide. Through international collaboration on environmental issues, we wish to cultivate friendship and wisdom, and together with worldwide environmentalist, create a just, peaceful and sustainable world.