|2011-01-29 09:54:27||Bridging East And West To Combat Climate Change|
Here's an uplifitng story for a change.
Note: I recommend that John Cook contact Peggy Liu and sound her out on how SkS and JUCCCE (see article) could work together to mututally reinforce and enhance what each is doing. Peggy Liu would also be a great additon to the stable of SkS authors who have expertise in climate solutions. She would also obviously provide a Chinese perspective on what we're up to.
In the East, publications have dubbed her the "Green Goddess" and the "Green Miracle." In the West, she was named the TIME Magazine Environmental Hero of 2008.
"The reason why Americans and Europeans should help actively collaborate with China to become green is not only because it's a huge market and they can make a lot of money there, but because a green China is the stepping stone to a healthy world," she said.
A 2007 Cornell University study reports that 40 percent of deaths worldwide are caused by pollution and China is currently the largest polluting country in the world.
Peggy admits she was overwhelmed when she co-founded JUCCCE in 2007, but as the organization has become a transformative player in the global energy space, she has clearly hit her stride.
"I think fate led me to this work," she said. "I had been doing a lot of work in different sectors and it all led to the ability to convene people who look at the issue of sustainability from very different perspectives. As a Chinese-American born and raised in the US but now living in Shanghai, it allows me to be a natural bridge for two countries that are actively trying to collaborate with each other."
"Investing in US university research will create jobs for the US from the onset at the university level and also downstream when the research is getting commercialized," she explained.
Peggy has garnered international praise for her work thus far, and remains energized and committed to the work that lies ahead.
Source: "Bridging East And West To Combat Climate Change", Huffington Post, Jan 28, 2011