Civil Climate Change Activism in China – More than Meets the Eye
As climate change becomes an increasingly urgent problem that needs to be addressed through global cooperation, China – the world’s current largest emitter of greenhouse gases and largest manufacturer of renewable energy equipment – is attracting attention greater than ever before.
This publication provides an overview of important ways in which Chinese environmental groups are addressing climate change issues – both at home and abroad. It also explains the developing relationship between the Chinese government and the NGO movement, and how Chinese environmental NGOs are engaging in the global debates on climate change.
It also forecasts what can be expected from Chinese NGOs in climate change in the years to come. Although China’s NGO climate change movement and civil society will have neither the strength nor the tools to solve the world’s climate change problem alone, it will be impossible to solve it without their contribution.
Patrick Schröder is an international advisor at the China Association for NGO Cooperation where he supports coordination and international cooperation of the China Civil Climate Action Network (CCAN). He holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from Victoria University of Wellington. The report is published by the German Asia Foundation in Cooperation with Heinrich Boell Foundation (Beijing Office).