Communities for Future
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Our Response to the Climate Emergency

February 1-10, 2020

Tiejun Wen

Expert on Social-Economic Sustainable Development and Rural Issues in China
Tiejun Wen

Wen shares about the history and the actuality of Chinese rural communities and their recent developments. Indeed, there has been a great deal of attention from the political and economic powers to the growth and the greening of countryside settlements. He explains some of the government strategies around community, business, and their response to the climate emergency, namely, how green business can be an agent for reducing poverty.

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  • Introduction
  • Rural lifestyle can only survive with community
  • Public and collective interest in investing in rural infrastructures
  • Communities as shareholders of their natural resources
  • An overlook of the financial crisis worldwide
  • Emergency, not politics, will bring about change
  • Giving benefits to companies that "go green"
  • Learning practical skills in the countryside
Tiejun Wen

Tiejun Wen is a professor at the Institute of Advanced Studies for Sustainability at the Renmin University of China. He is an expert on social-economic sustainable development and rural issues. Together with others he founded the New Rural Reconstruction Movement in China, which promotes agroecology and rural regeneration. Since 2001 his ideas about rural revitalisation have been recognized by the Chinese
government as crucial to national development, and he has become one of the country’s most authoritative figures.



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  • Mireille

    If anyone wishes to read more about what the speaker has explained, here is a good place:

    As Jeremy Lent places it, I have similar questions:
    – Is it possible that China can use this profound recognition of human interconnectedness, rooted deeply in its cultural tradition, to break the death-grip of a global system built on continually feeding the growth frenzy of gigantic transnational corporations?
    – Could it pioneer a new ethic of sustainability as the philosophical basis for a truly ecological civilization?

    The answer to these questions may ultimately affect the future well-being, not just of China, but of the entire human family.

  • Claudia Harris

    I wish he had given some specific examples – going further than “send the young people out to the villages where they will make relationships and then be taught and teach”.

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