The Toronto Star
A generation has inherited China's waste, food safety, air and water pollution issues. China's Generation Green hopes to change the trajectory of the country.
The words "Monkey Business" usually suggest something silly and frivolous, but for pioneering conservationists on the other side of the world, the business of monkeys is very serious business indeed.
CBS Sunday Morning
Three decades of economic growth and industrial expansion have led to massive pollution in China, threatening the country’s wilderness. Wildlife photographers and filmmakers raise awareness about the rare Yunnan snub-nosed monkey.
ENVIRONMENTALISM IN CHINA
From Exploitation to Conservation
Environmental degradation is the inevitable byproduct of any activity associated with economic development. A degraded environment is one that is irreversibly depleted of nutrients, impeding the eco-system’s ability to regenerate itself. With an economy worth $14 trillion in 2016, growing at a rate of 6.7%, China’s biodiverse forests are under pressure from development.
My Masters research at the University of British Columbia followed the evolution of China’s forestry policy in response to national priorities, from 1949 to today: from a focus on resource exploitation to forest management to conservation.
Since the early 1950's, China has undergone rapid development from an agrarian society to one of the world’s most industrialized nations. But modernization has extracted a toll on the environment, with polluted skies, poisoned rivers, toxic soil and severely degraded natural forests. While the intensive agriculture undertaken over the past sixty five years has had a localized environmental impact, the increase in atmospheric greenhouse gases due to industrialization and deforestation has global implications. Why China has garnered so much attention is because of scale: the magnitude of its environmental degradation and the resulting social, political and economic costs incurred.
I spent two weeks on the Baima Xue Shan Nature Reserve in Yunnan, China. This southwestern province comprises only 4% of China’s land mass, and yet is home to half of the country’s birds and mammals. There, I filmed a team of young wildlife filmmakers and scientists whose work centered around the Yunnan snub-nosed monkey: a first-priority protection species in China, as revered as the panda.