China’s Sustainable Energy Sources & Practices Conclusion
Understanding that the People’s Republic of China has been working to decrease their dependency on coal, oil and other unsustainable sources of energy has been a goal that they have not only been achieving but ambitiously set a few years back—as early as the late 1990s. Being one of the world’s most dependent nations on both coal and oil leaves China vulnerable not only in terms of national security but also in terms of the environment and living conditions in the country. Clean air, water, and freedom from disease are essential to a nation becoming developed and China learned this earlier than most other countries that are also developing during the twenty-first century.
Throwing off the shackles of energy dependency on limited and costly energy sources is crucial for any nation to move forward. The faster China can claim its independence the faster it will surely find true autonomy in successful development. Already heralded as one of the fastest developing countries in history, the People’s Republic needs to curtail much of its regulatory body to create a new means of safeguarding the environment in the country. With wide-sweeping legislation currently being drafted by the government it is only a matter of time before China reaches the lofty goals they have set for themselves. Successfully reaching these goals will ensure that the nation continues to develop and protect the fundamentally essential aspects of its statehood: protecting citizens, ensuring employment, stabilizing the environment, maintaining peace and civility domestically and internationally, fostering global partnerships.
In many ways China has become a hybrid; looking to developed nations for best practices and innovative technologies. Cities like that of Shanghai and Suzhou are constant reminders that the People’s Republic is not only able, but intentional, in creating urban centers that are energy efficient. Sustainable energy in China is contingent on three main goals that the government has recently embraced: climate change, job creation, financial independence. By recognizing that China is a key stakeholder in the global arena they are feeling international pressure to begin cleaning up what traditional industrialization practices have polluted. This wedded with domestic outcry for cleaner water, better air quality, and the need to combat disease has changed the focus of Chinese government from production at any cost necessary to responsible citizenry. Having an empowered workforce—one that literally “works” toward your countries goals—is essential to a new economy. Embracing “green” and “clean-tech” jobs earlier, rather than later, will benefit everyone in the end.
Finally, creating a society that not only utilizes sustainable energy but can make money from it is an important aspect of moving forward with “green”-conscious practices. The Chinese are learning every day that new businesses, enterprises, and trade (that is to say; opportunity) are contingent on looking to the future and keeping objectives in line with sustainable practices. China has shown the world that it is capable of so much when it comes to finding dynamic ways to incorporate sustainable energy sources and practices to further its mission of becoming a world power and sharing the stage with nations that have taken much longer to develop and in many ways, are still developing in terms of “green” efforts.
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