Edited by Ray Yep, June Wang and Thomas Johnson
Chapter 6: Public discussion, political support and vision for low-carbon sustainablecities in China: a toolkit for policy makers, NGOs and the public
Bo Miao and Graeme Lang
How can Chinese cities become more sustainable while pursuing urbanization? And what are the key components for building low carbon sustainable Chinese cities? Public support and political leadership for action to increase energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions are important to implement policies and practices that can make a substantial difference in a city’s performance. This chapter reviews some of the kinds of publicizing, organizing, support and joint policy-development that have occurred in various cities, thus producing a menu of strategies for Chinese cities. We then analyse why ‘climate change’ is not an appropriate term for pursue sustainability and briefly examine popular campaigns like building green city, garden city, low-carbon city, eco-city, sustainable city in China, and find that none of these grandiose attempts have produced a solid record. Finally, we present some more powerful master-themes such as ‘resilience’ and ‘sustainability which are capable of encompassing and further justifying the policies which would reduce GHG emissions and contribute to the achievement of ‘low-carbon’ cities in China.
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