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Yale scholar: Confucianism supports China's ecological civilization


What is this ecological civilization, and how does it relate to Confucianism? Mary Evelyn Tucker, a senior lecturer and research scholar at Yale University, noted that in the past 75 years, "millions and millions of people in China have been brought out of abject poverty and into a modern world. But there's been a cost for that unintended consequences of rapid modernization and development: air, water, soil, food safety, and so on." Tucker further stated that "China realized something had to change, and a new vision for the future has been emerging over this last quarter century, and that is to say, an ecological civilization is the next vision for China." She said it is quite remarkable because it's not just a vision or aspiration, it's also practice. " The values behind this knowledge and action transition are the values of China itself based on its own culture and tradition: Asianism, Dowism, Buddhism and so on. Confucianism has all kinds of values that can contribute to this, said Tucker.

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