The eyes of the world have been focused on New York this past month, as global leaders met to discuss future strategies on climate change and environmental sustainability. While the jury is still out on the long-term impact of these high-level discussions, it is clear that mankind’s’ impact on the Earth will necessitate collaborative solutions not yet seen. More and more we are becoming aware that it will be up to developing nations – most notably China, India, and Indonesia – to take the helm on stemming continued environmental degradation. Instead of the proverbial business-as-usual scenario, these countries are going to be saddled with more than their fair share of work over the coming years.
Domestically, China looks forward to October National Day celebrations often dubbed “Golden Week”. Now at their tail end, people are returning from a week of travel, family, and festivities. The nation’s expansive rail system carried a record number of people to the farthest reaches of the Middle Kingdom, selling 9 million rail tickets daily in the lead up to the week-long vacation. China was also setting other records, and continuing its work, in curbing its impact on the Earth.
Have you heard anything? I’d love to know what’s happening in your neck of the woods!