Given its economic and geopolitical significance and the size of both its landmass and population, China is an ideal classroom for examining environmental sustainability. China has enjoyed rapid economic growth over the past three decades and become the second-largest economy in the world. However, environmental problems have accompanied China’s booming, fossil fuel-powered economy: from water pollution to soil erosion, from air pollution to wildlife endangerment. How can China meet its ever-increasing energy demand and reduce its impact on the environment at the same time? The answer to this question is crucial for the environmental future of both China and the world as a whole.
ChinaGreen is a three-credit, four-week summer environmental-studies travel course. The course involves introductory lectures and field research in Beijing, and almost two weeks of class while traveling through China. Students will acquire an understanding of how sustainable systems work and how the structure and function of these systems is altered by human activities. Through first-hand experience, students will study the major environmental issues in China: air pollution, water pollution, loss of biodiversity, and climate change.
Read Kelley Reardon’s blog about her 2013 ChinaGreen experience here!