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'Getting Rich Is Glorious':Environmental Values in the People's Republic of China

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Pollution and overuse of resources in China have profound implications for the Chinese people and the world. Globalisation may be partly to blame for this situation, but it is hardly the only explanation. China has been overusing its resources for centuries. Traditional values appear to offer environmentally benign guidance for China's economic development, but they are largely impotent in the face of now-pervasive values manifested in Western-style consumption. Government policies go some way toward addressing this problem, but what may be required is a new set of values that brings self-interest and environmental protection into common cause.

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  • Paul G. Harris, 2004. "'Getting Rich Is Glorious':Environmental Values in the People's Republic of China," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, vol. 13(2), pages 145-165, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:env:journl:ev13:ev1306
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    1. repec:gam:jsusta:v:9:y:2017:i:8:p:1322-:d:106251 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. Fernando Dias Simões, 2016. "Consumer Behavior and Sustainable Development in China: The Role of Behavioral Sciences in Environmental Policymaking," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 8(9), pages 1-18, September.

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    Keywords

    China; environment; consumption; globalisation; values;

    JEL classification:

    • N55 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - Asia including Middle East
    • Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development

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