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 it 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.
- Ian Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist
- Melissa Chan, International Rainforest Journalism Fund grantee
- Sean Gallagher, award-winning independent photographer and filmmaker
- Ning Hui (moderator), senior international news journalist, Initium Media
This session was recorded on April 21, 2021, as part of the Pulitzer Center’s annual conference, Environment (Re)Defined. All conference session recordings will be available on our Webinars On-Demand page.