What are China’s principles of ecological civilization?

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We should protect our natural environment as much as we should protect our own well-being.

– Chinese President Xi Jinping

In order to develop an ecological civilization in the new era, the following principles must be adhered to.

The first principle is the harmonious coexistence of humans and nature. Throughout the development process, we must prioritize environmental protection and environmental protection and put the restoration of nature first. We cannot think about what we can take from nature without considering how we can give something back to it; we cannot think about development while ignoring our responsibility to protect the environment; and we cannot think about how to use nature without considering how to restore it. We should protect our natural environment as well as our own well-being by focusing on more positive actions that provide solid foundations and long-term benefits, concrete steps to protect and restore the environment, and effective measures that clean up our surroundings and reveal their natural beauty . This enables people to be close to the mountains and waters and to remember their rural roots with fond memories, to ensure that untouched nature views are never too far away and the serenity, harmony and beauty of nature are preserved.

The second principle is that our natural environment is precious. Environmental problems are basically problems with the way we live and develop. To solve them fundamentally, we need to implement principled development that is innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared and that accelerates the formation of spatial patterns, industrial structures, modes of production and lifestyles that are conducive to resource conservation and environmental protection. We must also keep economic and human activities in general within the limits that our environment and natural resources can tolerate, and give the environment the time and space it needs to rest and relax.

The third principle is that there is no generally more beneficial well-being than a healthy natural environment. We must ensure that the environment benefits people by emphasizing the resolution of major environmental problems that have an impact on public health, accelerating the improvement of the quality of the environment and providing more high quality ecological goods as we strive to achieve social justice and justice meeting people’s growing needs for a beautiful environment.

The fourth principle is that our mountains, rivers, forests, fields, lakes and meadows together form a biotic community. We need to find a new way forward for environmental policy by treating it as a systematic project and looking at it from an overall perspective. Rather than continuing to treat superficial symptoms through makeshift measures, with government departments each looking out for their own immediate problems and holding each other back, we need to make plans that take all factors into account while taking several comprehensive measures to ensure that our efforts to build a ecological civilization permeates all fields, regions and processes.

The fifth principle is that the strictest regulations and laws apply to protect the environment. Environmental protection must be legally and officially secured. Most of China’s outstanding environmental problems are related to inadequate systems, lax regulations, imperfect laws, poor enforcement and ineffective punishments. We need to accelerate the innovation of regulations and make sure they offer more, get adequate peripheral support, and are rigorously enforced. In this way we will turn our rules into rigid and inviolable constraints.

The sixth principle is that a concerted effort must be made to build a global ecological civilization. We must play a major role in global environmental policy, develop China’s voice and influence in the global environmental management system, actively accompany the transformation of the international order and create solutions for environmental protection and sustainable development around the world.

(Source: Excerpt from Xi Jinping’s speech at the National Conference on Environmental Protection, May 18, 2018.)

This episode is presented by Luo Laiming.



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