Further into the Tengger desert, life is almost non-existent. Image by Sean Gallagher. China, 2009. Add this image to a lesson

Religion, the subject of official repression throughout much of China’s Communist era, is now experiencing rapid growth. More surprising still, Chinese government officials are invoking Confucianism, Daoism and other cultural traditions as part of the “ecological civilization” required to meet the country’s huge environmental challenges.

Join the Pulitzer Center on Tuesday, Oct. 28, in Chicago to explore the impact of these trends with our Campus Consortium partners, journalists, filmmakers and academic specialists from China and the United States.

The Pulitzer Center has commissioned multiple reporting projects in China: Some address specific issues such as air and soil pollution and the impact of deforestation and urbanization; others look at the increasing relevance of religion in meeting those challenges. In this symposium journalists and academic specialists assess the significance of this important trend.

“Meeting China’s Environmental Crisis: Religion’s Unlikely Role”

Panel One:
Liu Jianqiang, Beijing editor for ChinaDialogue
Gary Marcuse, director of Waking the Green Tiger
Sim Chi Yin, a Beijing-based photojournalist

Panel Two:
Ian Johnson, a Beijing-based journalist associated with Loyola University Chicago
Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-director of Yale University's Forum on Religion and Ecology
Dali Yang, professor of political science and faculty director of the University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Moderator: Jon Sawyer, executive director, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Max Palevsky Cinema
University of Chicago
Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

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Presented by the Pulitzer Center, in conjunction with the University of Chicago, Center for International Studies World Beyond the Headlines series and its Program on the Global Environment.

The University of Chicago and Loyola University Chicago are part of the Pulitzer Center’s Campus Consortium, a network devoted to deepening global engagement. Yale University’s Forum on Religion and Ecology is one of the Pulitzer Center’s partners in its “Religion and Power” reporting project, made possible through the support of the Henry Luce Foundation.

Learn more at: http://pulitzercenter.org

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Desertification is one of the most important environmental challenges facing the world today, however it is arguably the most under-reported. Desertification is the gradual transformation of arable and habitable land into desert, usually caused by climate change and/or the improper use of land.

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