Thinking about Our Footprints – Kejia Zhang

Zhang Kejia, a reporter for China Youth Daily, says that consumers in China have become concerned about carbon emissions, which are related to global . Zhang pointed out the relationship between and environment and that “no one wants to return to poverty. But changing our lifestyles does not mean lowering our living standards.” From Chinadialogue:

“Wow! My carbon footprint is over 20 tonnes a year,” exclaims Ren Yafen, vice president of BP China. Ren is calculating her carbon expenditure online, and in a time when more and more people across the world are concerned about climate change, she thinks hers is disproportionately large. The current average annual carbon footprint of a Chinese urban dweller is 2.7 tonnes.

Offices in Beijing and Shanghai see increasing numbers of white-collar workers measuring their lifestyles with similar computer programmes, which calculate their personal annual greenhouse-gas emissions. The software is a simple way for them to work out how much carbon dioxide is released into the air through their choices of living arrangements, their travel and shopping habits….[Full Text]

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