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China’s Environmental Challenges: Domestic and Global Implications

Photo by Lu Guang, steelwork in Hebei province
Photo by Lu Guang, steelwork in Hebei province


This workshop discusses the domestic and global aspects of China's environmental challenges. It provides insights into individual perceptions, behaviors and realities in both rural and urban China, as well as addresses different policies and government actions. The scholars pay attention to how environmental issues are related to inequalities in society, and how individuals, communities and local governments work to raise awareness and change the situation. Two of the presentations deal with the global implications of China's pollution analyzing Japan's reactions and how Chinese investment in Ghana affect its environment. A documentary film will be screened that provides an overview to Chinese environmental activism.

When: 22 February, 9.15 - 17.00

Where: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Sölvegatan 18, Room 005

This workshop is now fully booked.If you want to sign up for the waiting list please e-mail marina [dot] svensson [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se (Marina Svensson) You will then be contacted if a place should become available..


22 February Workshop programme

9.15-9.20 Opening remarks

9.20-10.00 Energy policy design and China’s local climate governance – energy efficiency and renewable energy policies in Hangzhou, Jørgen Delman, University of Copenhagen

10.00-10.15 Q&A

10.15-10.45 Coffee

10.45-11.25 Does Air Pollution Reinforce Social Inequality? Views from the Chinese Countryside, Mette Halskov Hansen, Oslo University

11.25-11.40 Q&A

11.40-12.00 The Green Divide – Urban and Rural Perceptions on Environmental Risks, Stefan Brehm, Lund University

12.00-12.10 Q&A

12.10-13.15 Lunch

13.15-13.35 Engaging in Pro-environmental Behaviour in Urban China: Sense of Community and Missed Opportunities, Erin Kennedy, Lund University

13.35-13.45 Q&A

13.45-14.05 From ‘Black Rain’ to ‘Black Snow’: Transboundary Pollution in East Asia, Paul O’Shea, Lund University

14.05-14.15 Q&A

14.15-14.35 Contaminated Encounters: The Chinese Gold Rush in Ghana and Global Flows of Environmental Degradation, Nicholas Loubere, Lund University

14.35-14.45 Q&A

14.45-15.00 Coffee break

15.00-15.20 Making Environmental Problems Visible: Engaging Chinese Audiences through Documentary Film, Marina Svensson, Lund University

15.20-17.00 Film screening: Waking the Green Tiger (80 minutes)

For a list of abstracts please see here



Waking the Green Tiger follows a group of activists, farmers, and journalists in their struggle to stop a huge dam project. The film also features archival footage, and interviews with government insiders and witnesses, that tell the story of the Maoist attempt to conquer nature. Millions of people were then mobilized in campaigns that reshaped China’s landscape, destroyed lakes, marshes, forests and grasslands, and unleashed dust storms. The idea was instilled in succeeding generations of Chinese citizens that nature must serve the people and critics were silenced. Waking the Green Tiger depicts a new environmental awareness among activists, journalists and farmers, supported by some officials, and how a new environmental law is passed. It includes footage shot over a six-year period by one of China’s first environmental filmmakers, Shi Lihong, of Wild China Film. She and her husband Xi Zhinong are famous throughout China for an early environmental film about China’s endangered golden monkeys.


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