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• Town & Country reports on a contingent of rich, powerful Chinese philanthropists who have made big commitments to tackle issues relating to climate change: Notable among them is businesswoman He Qiaonyu, a leader in gardening supplies, who wants to restore biodiversity to 300 cities in China.
• What can environmental organizations learn from this?
Laurance S. Rockefeller, the American philanthropist and conservationist, would have been intrigued by the meeting taking place this past January in a ballroom of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, which he built on the Big Island of Hawaii in 1965. On the one hand, the appurtenances suggest just another blah-blah conference: podium, screen, cookies, coffee.
Strewn on the long tables are Chinese-made Huawei tablets and headphones with two channels for simultaneous translation, from Mandarin to English and vice versa. Seated at the tables are 80 participants in the fourth annual East-West Philanthropists Summit, an offshoot of the East-West Center, an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1960 to foster better understanding among the United States, Asia, and the Pacific Islands. (“A meeting place,” as Lyndon Johnson put it, “for intellectuals of the East and West.”)
In attendance are mostly top philanthropists from the United States and China, here to address together one of the world’s most pressing problems: climate change, and how to avert it through conservation and sustainability. The organizations representing the U.S. are legatees of more than 100 years of philanthropic tradition (think Rockefellers, Carnegies, Mellons), and their names are more or less instantly recognizable.
Read the full article about the Chinese philanthropists fighting climate change by Klara Glowczewska at Town & Country.