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Climate Change: the China Challenge

Chinese Society and Climate Change

Gang He

Abstract

At the moment that China signed the Kyoto Protocol at the United Nations on 29 May 1998 (ratification followed on 30 August 2002), most Chinese people knew hardly anything about climate change. Despite the proliferation of government environmental policies during the 1990s((1), Chinese society played absolutely no part in the initiatives for combating climate change. Nevertheless, as Pan Yue, the Chinese Environment Minister, has pointed out, “Without the participation of the public, there can be no protection of the environment.” Mobilising Chinese society to take an active part is all the more important since the fight against climate change will be fought in the area of energy savings: a warning given by the Prime Minister, Wen Jiabao, on the occasion of the opening session of the National People’s Congress in March 2007.

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Gang He, « Chinese Society and Climate Change », China Perspectives [Online], 2007/1 | 2007, Online since 08 April 2008, connection on 01 May 2017. URL : http://chinaperspectives.revues.org/1313

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