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The Nation of China has adopted Cradle to Cradle Design

Published in Lakehead University’s Argus Student Newspaper October 25th, 2004

The nation of China has 1,300,000,000 citizens and is the fastest growing economy in the world. This summer steel prices rose significantly mainly because China bought up so much of the global steel production showing the economic power of the Chinese nation.
Now imagine if the Chinese economy industrialized using the same design as the United States and Europe with toxic garbage everywhere. In the epic documentary The Corporation Ray Anderson states “every life support system is in decline…there is not one published, peer reviewed paper published in the last 25 years that would contradict this scenario?.
The designers of Cradle to Cradle Design, William McDonough and Michael Braungart, presented to Chinese officials in 2002 showing that the circular industrial design powered by the sun is actually based very much on the ancient Chinese practice of precise nutrient flows for 4,000 years of permanent agriculture. The Chinese recognized this immediately.
Now through the China US Center for Sustainable Development the Chinese are converting their entire economy to work with nature. They are taking down the coal towers in Shanghai and Beijing to use the carbon in greenhouses ( (43: 55/ 58: 30)), they are rebuilding 5 cities, they are redesigning the building construction protocols to be green, they are setting up huge manufacturing facilities for wind turbines and solar panels and collectors.
Ford announced this summer that they are building a 3rd automotive plant in China. Since, Ford is very excited about Cradle to Cradle Design this factory will be a model of human industry working with nature.
“The authors, McDonough and Braungart, and China share the goal to make the book ‘Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things’ as widely accessible and affordable throughout China as possible?
The ship of human industry is turning.

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