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China is moving to sustainable development

 

Yicheng Li

School of Accountancy

Daniels College of Business

University of Denver

 

 

 


Worldwide, environmental problems are becoming more severe, especially in my country, China, which is one of the biggest developing countries. As it boosts up its economic development, it generates various environmental problems, such as air pollution, water pollution and damage of essential wildlife habitats.

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During my internship in Earth Protect, I learned about Chinese environmental problems from different sources, and I found that China is taking actions towards a more sustainable and less environmentally damaging future. The “air corridor” has been set up in Beijing to reduce air pollution; Guangzhou uses BRT (bus rapid transit) transportation system to improve the city transportation and reduce pollution from cars. On the Hainan Island, Jinhai Pulp--the largest pulp mill in China—was built in 2003 to improve conservation of water. Pioneers in green building have successfully certified the first LEED homes in Greater China, giving families environmentally sound, healthier and affordable spaces to live.

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Recently, “sustainable development” is beginning to be integrated into industries, businesses, and millions of Chinese homes. China still has a long way to go to achieve “natural capitalism”, but I believe this China is recognizing the need to change to more sustainable and environmentally friendly development.

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