Lessons from China: Human Management of the Environment

Between Human Culture and Civilization

There is no doubt that long before the development of technology and globalization, a man lived with certain cultures in the world for a long time. The culture is the result of human thought, which then becomes customs and laws that directly or indirectly bind a group of people in a particular region. The culture has progressively maintained its existence so that it has become the mark of a civilization. There are many things that exist in a culture, beginning with belief systems, unwritten rules of life in society, literature, popular histories that contain wisdom, and many more.

China’s New Year 2023: Water Rabbit Philosophy.

One of the traditions observed by the Chinese people is the celebration of the Chinese New Year (Lunar Year). While the Chinese New Year comes from China, it was celebrated by residents other than China. At least two billion people on earth are celebrating Chinese New Year in 2023. The year 2023 is symbolized by the zodiac sign of the water rabbit, which symbolizes luck, opportunity, wealth and shadow. China and the world have been plagued by COVID-19 for three years. Not only has the economy declined, but many environmental and social habits and trends have shifted. Following the lifting of the “zero case” policy in China some time ago, the Chinese New Year has arrived. Whether we realize it or not, there is great optimism in 2023, just like the joy of cute water rabbit that can entertain many people when caring for it and fill them with lots of good wishes when hugging and playing with the rabbit. However, behind the adorable perception of rabbits, we must also realize that they have sharp nails and can harm whoever holds them. Likewise, in 2023, there is a lot of hope and happiness that might be worth waiting for, but we also need to be aware of certain things that cannot be predicted. Likewise, in today’s environment, there will be many human breakthroughs for a better life in the future. These good ideas and plans are then accepted by people in great forums and implemented, of course, giving good hope for the future. These new ideas and breakthroughs include the use of carbon-extinguishing technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the use of renewable energy, the creation of a technology-based waste management system, and many more.

Chinese New Year: How are Chinese people learning to protect themselves and nature

Chinese teachings on environmental protection have been valued cultural practices by the Chinese for centuries. China has done many things to protect nature and natural resources since the 5th century BC, in various ways in every epoch. These include implementing strict laws, conserving nature, developing environmentally friendly technologies, and implementing new initiatives based on smarter practices.

Since the fifth century B.C., China has put in place strict laws to protect nature. In the 6th century BC, Emperor Wu of the Zhou Dynasty issued rules and laws forbidding illegal logging and regulating plant breeding. In the 7th century BC, the Tang Emperor of the Tang Dynasty issued a new law that prohibited the felling of large trees as well as requiring people to plant trees around their homes and cities.

Conserving nature has also been part of Chinese culture since the fifth century BC. In the 6th century B.C., Emperor Wu established the “National Forest Park,” which provided places to protect wildlife and plants. In the 7th century B.C., the Emperor of Tang established the “Marine National Park”, which served as a place to protect marine animals and helped protect the marine environment.

Over the centuries, China has also developed technologies that are respectful of the environment. In the 6th century B.C., Emperor Wu founded the “Chinese Environmental Library”, which collected information about nature protection and pollution control. In the 7th century BC, the Emperor of Tang founded the “China Environmental Research Institute”, which looked for ways to reduce pollution and improve air quality all over China.

In the 21st century, China introduced new initiatives that focused on more conservative practices. In 2006, China adopted the “Green Energy Policy”, which regulates the use of energy resources that respect the environment and reduce carbon emissions. In 2007, China also introduced the “Urban Environmental Policy”, which regulates the use of water resources and reduces pollution in large cities.

The Chinese have long taught the importance of protecting and preserving the natural world. In the past, Chinese culture has emphasized the importance of thinking holistically about the relationship between humans and nature, which has allowed them to strike a balance with their environment. It is a philosophy rooted in the rich culture and history of China.

Many of the teachings of the Chinese people in the protection and protection of nature are conveyed through a number of theories and principles known under the name of “Three Attitudes” (Sanxin). First of all, they suggest humans follow nature and not seek to change it. Second, they suggest that humans respect nature and maintain its equilibrium harmonious. Thirdly, they suggest that humans use nature carefully and use natural resources ecologically.

The objective of this education is to prevent humans from disrupting natural ecosystems. It also underscores the importance of respecting and sustaining nature as a whole. This means that people need to respect and adhere to nature’s sustainable management policies.

Furthermore, the Chinese stress the importance of understanding natural ecosystems and how humans can use natural resources ecologically. They also stressed the importance of developing strategies for nature conservation and the reduction of human impacts on the environment.

The Chinese people’s teachings on protecting and protecting nature also include efforts to improve water and air quality, reduce pollution, respect nature’s rights and increase awareness of nature. They also highlighted the importance of developing environmentally friendly technologies, reducing the use of toxic materials and creating an animal and plant friendly environment.

The Chinese people’s teachings about protecting and protecting nature have been an integral part of their culture for centuries. They have used these philosophies and teachings to improve the quality of life for people around the world. By following these teachings, humans can help maintain the balance of nature and protect biodiversity.

This teaching has inspired many eco-friendly movements around the world. Thus, the Chinese people have played an important role in raising awareness about the importance of protecting and conserving nature.

In other words, the teachings of the Chinese people about protecting and protecting nature teach the importance of creating a balance between humans and nature. This is important to ensure that natural resources continue to be available for future generations. By applying these teachings, we can ensure that our environment will remain healthy and productive for the future.

Syarifah Huswatun Miswar
Syarifah Huswatun Miswar
Syarifah Huswatun Miswar (孙美琳) from Indonesia. She received a Master of Law in International Relations from the School of International and Public Affairs, Jilin University, China. She is a research analyst with an emphasis on Environmental in International Relations issues. Now she is doing her doctoral degree in Central China Normal University (CCNU) in International Relations.