For a down and dirty look at China’s environmental challenges, join us for an evening with Jonathan Watts, author of “When a Billion Chinese Jump”, an environmental travelogue published this month. Traversing 100,000 kilometers, the book traces the course of China’s development from coal mines and cancer villages to eco-cities and science labs. Watts considers four key questions: How environmental destruction became the new ‘China threat’; Why history and geography are conspiring against China; Whether scientific development is turning red China green; and Which values offer the greatest potential for future growth.
DATE: Monday, July 26
VENUE: The Embassy of Romania, Ritan Lu Dong Er Jie (on the East side of Ritan Park)
ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 50 RMB on the door to non-members
REGISTRATION: email firstname.lastname@example.org so we know numbers and for security clearance
**Bring passport or photo ID**
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Jonathan Watts is Asia Environment Correspondent for The Guardian and a former president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China. His multimedia career includes seven years in Japan, five trips to North Korea, the 2000 G8 summit, the 2002 World Cup, the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, and work for CNN, BBC, TV Tokyo, Mother Jones, South China Morning Post and Asahi Shimbun. After taking up his current post in 2009, he covered the Copenhagen climate conference, the Boao Forum, renewable energy and more rubbish dumps than he cares to remember.