Global Environmental Institute
Global Environmental Institute

China has experienced staggering growth in the past twenty years, largely at the expense of the environment. Coupled with vast exploitation of natural resources, economic reform has quadrupled its gross domestic product. However, the State Environmental Protection Agency has been relegated to play a minor role, concentrating almost exclusively on “end-of-the-pipe” pollution control. Politically, it has been difficult for a strong non-governmental environmental movement to evolve. And China’s economic growth is not sustainable if its environment – and, consequently, its supply of natural resources – collapses.

Some forward-thinking officials recognize that Chinese businesses and the economy will benefit from cleaner and more energy efficient technologies and practices. They also understand that government, financial institutions, and civil society must all be involved in the effort to change environmental attitudes and practices. In response, several prominent Chinese thinkers have joined forces to launch China’s first professional environment organization, the Global Environmental Institute (GEI).

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