In the context of global economic crisis, coupled with environmental challenges due to climate change, ecological deterioration and water shortages, the time has come for a radical economic transformation. Various reasons could be contributed to the above crises, but it can be argued that they all stem from an overall misallocation of capital. In the past two decades, the majority of capital has flowed into areas such as real estate, fossil fuels and financial assets; in comparison, the amount of capital spent on renewable energy, energy efficiency, public transportation, sustainable agriculture, preservation of natural ecosystems and biodiversity, as well as conservation of land and water, has been dismaying. As a developing country, China faces the paradox of meeting its ever-increasing economic demands while minimizing the consequences of development on the environment — how does it to satisfy basic necessities (food, water, housing) for billions of people, while reducing the consumption of natural resources during production? How will it keep a balance between modernization and preserving traditional ways of life? How will it establish better technological cooperation? These are the questions we must ask in order to build towards a greener China.
The “China Going Green” Dialogues is a series of events that will launch at the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), to answer the call for a global revolution towards green and sustainable development models. Representatives from the UN and international and Chinese NGOs will join some of China’s key enterprise leaders in a number of forums from June 17th and 18th during Rio+20.>>MORE
The first UN Conference on Environment and Development, held in 1992, made great strides in initiating a dialogue on how to tackle a worsening environment. It was at that conference where the concept of “sustainable development” was first proposed. Li Peng, the then-Chinese premier, led a delegation from China to the conference and signed the Rio Declaration and Agenda 21, committing to a promise from the government of China to advance sustainable development. >>MORE
Having realized the importance of green economy on the future development of China, an alliance between Chinese NGOs, companies and foundations endeavors to facilitate green innovation through exploration and practice. Rio+20 presents an excellent opportunity for Chinese civil societies and the private sector to demonstrate their openness and willingness to confront environmental crises with green innovations.>>MORE