As current domestic news may bring us down, let us celebrate one victory! China officials have approved plans for a national park in northern China, 60% larger than Yellowstone, to protect two endangered endemic big cats: the Amur leopard and the Siberian tiger. Environmentalists are celebrating, as “China’s commitment represents an extremely important step in recovering both subspecies in northeast Asia,” says Dale Miquelle, a conservationist with the Wildlife Conservation Society.
China’s President, Xi Jinping, has been determined to lead the “green” shift in his country since his 2013 announcement, calling for an “ecological civilization.” China is now the world’s largest global investor in green technology, and has recently introduced the world’s largest national cap-and-trade program. Hopefully, these initiatives will inspire other politicians to take the renewable transition seriously without economic fear.
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