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Wednesday, March 27, 2024 | 4:00PM-5:30PM | SOS 250 | RSVP

Panel discussion on China's waste and climate crises featuring Liwen Chen: How China's Environmental NGO Work Shifts as Policies Change, Kaming Wu: Reducing Plastic Waste Through Place-based Education in Hong Kong, and Christie Keith: Climate Action Through Waste System Transformation: The Pivotal Role of China

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Liwen Chen: How China's Environmental NGO Work Shifts as Policies Change  
Bio: Liwen Chen has been engaged in environmental protection in China for nearly two decades.  From 2007-2016 her work focused upon fighting against mixed waste disposal pollution. Since 2017 she has worked in NGOs piloting several projects with local rural governments building waste regime based on separating organic waste and trash. 

Kaming Wu: Reducing Plastic Waste Through Place-based Education in Hong Kong 
Bio: Kaming Wu is a cultural anthropologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her articles have appeared in Journal of Asian Studies, Modern China, Urban Ethnography and several others. She is author of multiple books including and Reinventing Chinese Tradition: The Cultural Politics of Late Socialism and Living with Waste: Economies, Communities and Spaces of Waste Collectors in China (co-written with Zhang Jieying). 

Christie Keith: Climate Action Through Waste System Transformation: The Pivotal Role of China
Bio: Christie Keith is GAIA’s International Coordinator and U.S. Executive Director. She has over 30 years of experience with social movements and international nonprofit organizations, including seven years in Guatemala. Over the last eight years she has helped to spearhead GAIA’s engagement in the Break Free From Plastic movement, addressing ocean plastic pollution through investment in grassroots organizing, upstream policies, and community-led solutions. Christie has also played a critical part in developing GAIA's collaboration with organized waste workers, and in significantly expanding the network’s efforts in the climate policy arena.  

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