China’s role in global environmental politics is complex, and the way we talk about it matters. The country's food demands are driving deforestation in places like the Amazon. Chinese farmers are being forced to abandon their land as land becomes unusable because of desertification, driving up levels of rural poverty. On the global level, China is a leader in the renewable energy production revolution while exporting carbon emissions elsewhere. This panel explores politics, facts, gaps, and contradictions through storytelling.
This session is part of the 2021 Pulitzer Center Conference.