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China's Domestic and Global Environmental Footprint

Event Date:

April 21, 2021 | 9:00 AM EDT TO 10:00 AM EDT
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Text: China's Domestic and Global Environmental Footprint. April 21, 2021. 9:00 AM EDT. Environment (Re)Defined. 2021 Pulitzer Center Conference.

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. 

This session is part of the 2021 Pulitzer Center Conference Environment (Re)Defined. A full list of the conference events can be found here. To sign up for this panel individually, click here.


  • Ian Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist
  • Melissa Chan, International Rainforest Journalism Fund grantee
  • Sean Gallagher, award-winning independent photographer & filmmaker
  • Ning Hui (moderator), senior international news journalist, Initium Media


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Environment and Climate Change

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Food Security

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