Shenzhen skyline – photo by ASDFGHJ (source: Wikimedia Commons)

Pollution poses significant problems in China’s rapidly industrializing landscape. As urban areas grow and develop with unprecedented speed, the environmental consequences of modernization are often an afterthought. But such afterthoughts must eventually be dealt with – sooner or later. On the tails of a massive revolution in development, China is also in the throws of a ‘green revolution’ where the Asian giant is increasingly confronting its environmental challenges in more creative and impressive ways.

The southern city of Shenzhen in Guangdong province is an example of swift and extensive urbanization, growing from a village to a metropolis of 12 million in only 30 years. Now Shenzhen is also looking to become a center for green innovation.

Al Jazeera English reports from Shenzhen on energy efficient, environmentally friendly building projects that China hopes will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and help fuel its green revolution.

Watch the video from Al Jazeera English here:

China’s green technology

Another video story from China Dialogue’s podcast reports on sustainable construction projects in the southwest of China:

Green Spaces

Additional resources:

China Dialogue – Designing a greener China

FOCUS // CHINA – Fresh Green Chutes Among Growing Slag Heaps: Homegrown Chinese Eco Solutions

About The Author: Graham Land

Greenfudge editor and London-based writer Graham Land grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, where he was part of the local hardcore punk scene, playing in several bands. Through this musical movement he became involved in grass roots interests such as anti-racist activism, animal rights and Ecology. In 2000 he relocated to Europe, eventually earning an MA from Malmö University in Sweden. He has also lived in Japan, Ireland, Portugal and Greece.


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