Polar Bears on Melting Ice

The Global Ecological Crisis

The rapid pace of industrial and technological transformation has produced a protracted global ecological crisis.

In the decades to come climate change and resource scarcity will likely exacerbate other challenges facing the world community, including economic and social development, public health, peace and security, and refugees and migration. Pope Francis and Xi Jinping are both outspoken about the importance of coordinated international approaches to these challenges. 

How does the vision of the 2015 Encyclical Laudato Si compare with the Chinese concept of an “ecological civilization”? What visions of human flourishing underpin both perspectives, and how do they contrast with the technocratic discourse that dominates the environmental debate? How might dialogue between China and the West best identify and promote shared interests and a common agenda in this area?