Our Editorial Perspective 

Ecological civilization

Global environmental crisis is the product of centuries of Western exploitation of the land, natural resources and labour of the Global South, including the colonized Indigenous Peoples. Seriously tackling the global ecological crisis must involve a global redistribution of power and wealth from the collective West to the Global South. We make no apologies in unequivocally acknowledging that as China has demonstrated, for each country this will require a nationally appropriate form of socialist state power

China Environment Net was created in late 2019 to contribute towards providing rational and balanced news and analysis about what is happening in China in regard to the protecting the environment, both within that inspiring nation and globally. Today recognition of this is clouded by anti-China hysteria and distortion in the Western media.

However, it is simply not possible to understand China’s environmental policies and programs without understanding “socialism with Chinese characteristics”, and the efforts to build what the Chinese call “ecological civilization“.

Our website is openly partisan in its support of China and the emerging multipolar world.

In the global battle for ecological rationality and equity, China has increasingly emerged as the international leader for Green development and ecological civilisation. China is now a key driving force in moving the planet towards ecologically sustainable progess and in redressing the effects of centuries of plunder and exploitation of the Global South by the West.

US and other Western over consumption is still the leading force for environmental destruction of the global ecosystem.

The West is responsible for at least 70% of global cumulative carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Despite its size, China’s cumulative CO2 emissions are only 19% of world cumulative emissions. CO2 accumulates in the atmosphere and oceans.  Western industrialisation has been pumping out CO2 for 250 years, while China’s industrial take-off started a mere 40 years ago, yet the West demonizes the Chinese people for seeking a higher standard of living!

We support re-balancing global north-south equity, including reparations for indigenous peoples, and reject the West’s anti-socialist, neo-liberal ideology. The global environmental crisis is not something that can be reversed by adopting a few reforms aimed at the “environmental modernisation” of international capitalism nor by a “Green New Deal” which appeals to and entrenches the privileges of the West.

This does not mean that we do not welcome meaningful Western reforms and initiatives. But we do bear in mind the long history of the West in subjugating both humanity and nature.

Global ecological crisis is the product of centuries of largely the unrestrained Western industrialisation and neo-colonial exploitation of the natural resources, land and labour of the Global South by imperialism and its current neo-liberal incarnation.

Seriously tackling the global ecological crisis must involve a global redistribution of power and wealth from the West to the Global South. As China has demonstrated, this will require the existence of a form of socialist power appropriate to each country.

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