China is cleaning up its 'green' act: Green Legislation update at 2010 NPC
In its rapid rise to world economic power, China has also earned the less laudable achievement of being a major source of environmental pollution. Recognizing this, China has ongoing legislative plans to become more ‘green’. That legislation may appear confusing for the average person. However, some experts feel they have a good understanding of where Chinese ‘green’ legislation is headed.
The 2010 National People’s Conference (NPC), which ran from March 5 to March 14, is China’s top legislature. Although the NPC does not have ultimate authority to pass laws, its parliamentary structure does influence the Chinese Communist leadership. This is important to those most directly involved with helping China become as ‘green’ as possible.
Philip McMaster is a co-founder of the McMaster Institute for Sustainable Development in Commerce. He is encouraged by the activities within the NPC, seeing a new awareness among “environmentalists”, “economists”, and the “socially responsible” that they need to make common cause in order to achieve anything of value to China as a whole.
Greenpeace, China agrees and has made several recommendations to the NPC to encourage movement towards a green economy.
Based on the proceedings of the 2010 NPC, China seems to be moving in a positive direction.