economic growth over the last few decades has been extraordinary.
Hundreds of millions of Chinese people have entered the country’s new
middle class—one of the greatest and fastest increases in human
well-being ever achieved.
economic success is a very positive development in many respects of
course. But it’s also led to some unintended consequences, from
declining air, water and soil quality to soaring carbon emissions.
China is now benefiting from new and important philanthropic
initiatives. At The Nature Conservancy (TNC), we are proud to work with
an influential group of Chinese leaders to address some of the country’s
biggest environmental challenges. And their influence doesn’t stop at
the Chinese border.
This week, I’m pleased to be in China with
this group. TNC’s global Board of Directors is holding its first-ever
joint meeting with the boards of our China program and our local partner
the Taohuayuan Foundation.
Our Board members are a virtual who’s
who of top Chinese leaders, including Alibaba founder Jack Ma;
telecommunications entrepreneur Wu Ying; Tencent Chairman and CEO Pony
Ma; philanthropist Karen Lo; dairy entrepreneur Niu Gensheng; founder of
Sinolink Worldwide Holdings Thomas Ou; renowned artist Zeng Fanzhi; and
pharmaceutical industry leader Zhu Baoguo. Board members represent a
range of industries, from technology, to advertising, to consumer goods.
Here are four ways TNC’s China Board is pursuing solutions to environmental challenges in China and beyond: