Headlines from China feature dramatic pollution levels and a strain of capitalism that thrives on overconsumption and indiscriminate wastage, promoted by the West with the help of questionable companies, financial institutions and governments. The Factory of the World, China is facing depletion of resources and roams the world to satisfy its voracious appetite for energy, raw materials, and food. How serious is the environmental destruction? Is capitalism fundamentally wrong? How did we come to this madness, and what can we do to preserve the future of our children?
Join a talk with Gilbert Van Kerckhove, whose recently published book Toxic Capitalism criticizes the overconsumption and wastage caused by questionable companies, financial institutions and governments, and leading to depletion of natural resources and environmental destruction.
DATE: October 31 (Wednesday)
VENUE: Embassy of the Republic of Poland, Copernicus Hall, 1 Ritan Road, Jian Guo Men Wai (corner of Guanghua Road and Ritan Road) 建国门外日坛路1号
ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 80 RMB on the door to non-members
REGISTRATION: email firstname.lastname@example.org for security clearance
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Gilbert Van Kerckhove, is from Belgium and holds a master in electronic engineering. He has been worked in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai since 1980. He is the president of a Beijing-based management consulting that provides strategy guidance to foreign and Chinese companies. Since 2000 he has been assisting the Beijing Municipality with economic studies and foreign investment promotion. He has received the highest Chinese awards for his role in the 2008 Olympics, including a Chinese Green Card.