A Holistic and Proactive Approach to Biodiversity and Green Development from the Perspective of a Chinese Non-Governmental Organization
To provide a little perspective, let me start by confessing that I was born in November 1942 and have witnessed firsthand from a variety of vantage points the long and arduous march of the Chinese people from the enslavement of hunger, poverty, illiteracy toward, but still at an appreciable distance from, a society where all have access to the basics material and immaterial requirements for a decent life with wellbeing, dignity and opportunity.
Despite many difficulties and setbacks the progress made by China in eradicating starvation and alleviating poverty is one of the great accomplishment of humanity and one that owes much not only to a grand vision and to the labours of the Chinese but to the selfless contributions of people and institutions from around the world. Our ancient proverb states: “When you drink sweet water from the well, never forget those who have helped you build it.” Let me assure you that the China has a long memory.
As a deeply involved and responsible citizen, as many others, I observed that China’s rapid growth was increasingly based on high energy consumption, excessive pollution, high emissions and low efficiency. At that time, I and others urged government and businessto focus on sustainable development. The term “green locomotive was born and the task of”Building a green locomotive for China” had as it mission to pull the country intothe global economy while sustainably enhancing the quality of life for all Chinese citizens and increasing China’s capacity to contribute to building a better world for all.
As all can appreciate, this shift in direction for a giant and fast moving entity is fraught with challenges, barriers and perils and demands time and care to effect. It required total refocusing, embracing different sets of values and identifying new priority structures, it necessitated building awareness and enhancing education, it required the creation and adoption of new technologies and above all it could only succeed with strong government leadership, policies as the buy-in and commitment of the people.
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