An Autocratic Solution

An examination of some statistics that show steps China is taking to confront the climate crisis.

Nanshan Cultural Tourist Zone in Sanya, China. Credit: Denny Ryanto @runninghead
  • Conducted a national ecosystem survey and assessment;
  • Mapped ecosystem services, identifying critical areas for change;
  • Evaluated plans and proposed outcomes of specific ecosystem service provision;
  • Translated this effort into practical and effective policies, such as ecological functional zoning, ecological compensation, ecological restoration, and Ecosystem Product Accounting to monetize cost and social outcome;
  • Designed and applied financial instruments and policy mechanisms to incentivize and implement desired outcomes;
  • Established through this process a national political framework to facilitate transformational change as necessary social response to the environmental crisis faced at scale, without which the nation is at risk; and
  • Enlisted its population to participate in this collective effort, decreased land degradation, erosion and desertification, water scarcity, and pollution, increased education and training for new skills and employment, built a global manufacturing enterprise, fueled, housed and fed itself, become the largest economy in the world, exporting its technology, leveraging its wealth, and magnifying its geopolitical influence and strength worldwide.

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