Meeting China’s Environmental Crisis: Religion’s Unlikely Role

Experts discussed environmental issues in China and the place of religion in responding to the nation's environmental challenges

Religion, the subject of official repression throughout much of China’s Communist era, is now experiencing rapid growth. More surprising still, Chinese government officials are invoking Confucianism, Daoism and other cultural traditions as part of the “ecological civilization” required to meet the country’s huge environmental challenges.

CIS joined the Pulitzer Center for an exploration the impact of these trends with the Center’s Campus Consortium partners, journalists, filmmakers and academic specialists from China and the United States.

The Pulitzer Center has commissioned multiple reporting projects in China: Some address specific issues such as air and soil pollution and the impact of deforestation and urbanization; others look at the increasing relevance of religion in meeting those challenges. In this symposium journalists and academic specialists assess the significance of this important trend.

Learn more about the Pulitzer Center’s reporting on China, religion and the environment at: pulitzercenter.org.

“Meeting China’s Environmental Crisis: Religion’s Unlikely Role”

Panel One:
Liu Jianqiang, Beijing editor for ChinaDialogue
Gary Marcuse, director of Waking the Green Tiger 
Sim Chi Yin, a Beijing-based photojournalist

Panel Two:
Ian Johnson, a Beijing-based journalist associated with Loyola University Chicago
Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-director of Yale University’s Forum on Religion and Ecology
Dali Yang, professor of political science and faculty director of the University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Moderator: Jon Sawyer, executive director, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Presented by the Pulitzer Center, in conjunction with the Center for International Studies The World Beyond the Headlines series, UChicago Careers in Journalism, Arts and Media, the East Asia Workshop, and the Program on the Global Environment.

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