Roundup: Experts address ecological civilization cooperation at international forum


by Xinhua writers Tan Jingjing, Gao Shan

LOS ANGELES, May 24 (Xinhua) -- Experts from around the world gathered at an annual international forum on ecological civilization kicked off Friday in Claremont, California, focusing on promoting ecological civilization through research and practices.

The 17th International Forum on Ecological Civilization and the 6th International Youth Forum on Ecological Civilization, brought over 130 panelists and attendees from the United States, China, Germany, Italy, Canada and other nations and regions.

The theme of this year's forum is "Co-Benefits of Human Well-being and Planetary Health." The forum seeks to further promote ecological civilization through research and practice and effectively address current ecological crises facing global community.

In a congratulatory letter to the forum, Chinese Consul General in Los Angeles Guo Shaochun said the Claremont International Forum has long been dedicated to promoting mutual exchanges and understanding in ecological civilization between China and the United States. The forum also plays an important role in facilitating communication and exchanges between think tanks of the two countries.

"Faced with global challenges such as climate change, all countries including China and the United States are obliged to work together to build a clean and beautiful world," he said.

Guo called for American people from all walks of life to support people-to-people exchanges with China and deepen mutual understanding between the two countries, and make relentless efforts to foster the sound and steady development of China-U.S. relations.

Professor John Cobb, Jr., a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and founding president of the California-based Institute for Postmodern Development of China (IPDC), a U.S. think tank and non-profit organization, stressed the importance of U.S.-China cooperation in fostering ecological civilization.

"If the health of a home for human beings is our greatest concern, then our task is to gather leaders of the process movement with well-informed students of the surface of this planet, scholarly advocates of sustainable development of China, and Americans committed to responsible policies for both the United States and the world, to discuss what we need to do together," Cobb said in his speech.

"The goal will be to consider how to advance toward an ecological civilization. Perhaps the highest priority will be avoiding war," he noted.

"For the Earth -- our common home, the cooperation between China and U.S. is urgently needed. Let us work for it," Cobb noted.

Echoing the importance of U.S.-China cooperation, Mary Elizabeth Moore, president of Cobb Institute, told Xinhua that the collaboration between the two countries has the promise of building a worldwide movement toward ecological well-being.

"One of the most important things is for us to gather as we are doing here to build relationships. Another is for us to do projects that are related to our own context, to share them with one another, and learn from each other," she said in an interview with Xinhua.

"We should be active politically and socially so that we communicate the urgency ... also the possibilities of what can be done toward protection and regeneration," she noted.

Over the past two decades, the world has undergone earth-shaking changes, said Meijun Fan, program director of the IPDC. "We have witnessed the modern worldview facing monumental shifts of the times, increasingly struggling. The modern world is inundated, the climate is rapidly changing, wars are raging, and living beings are suffering. We urgently need a new worldview, an organic worldview, to help us find a way out."

Fan called for joint efforts globally to overcome various difficulties and find a prescription for the future of the entire planet.

The Claremont International Forum is a premier platform for the promotion of ecological civilization facilitated by the IPDC. It is the earliest and largest forum in the western world focusing on ecological civilization.

Over the years, this annual forum has drawn together thousands of creative academics, activists, non-profit leaders, and governmental officials who are dedicated to rethinking society toward an ecological civilization.

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