The influential Anglo-Chinese website China Dialogue has published an article on Daoism, Confucianism and the environment.
Written by ARC Secretary-General Martin Palmer the piece comes at the end of a year that has seen remarkable progress in the developing social and environmental roles of both those ancient Chinese religions. These have included the launch of the International Confucian Ecological Alliance (ICEA) in September, and further announcements of environmental action from leaders of long-term ARC partners the China Daoist Association during a visit to Europe in October.
The article identifies many ecological actions, planned or in progress, undertaken by both organisations, including the fact that they have each identified pilgrimage sites as part of their membership of the Green Pilgrimage Network. The impressive range of these activities bears out the article's claim that 'Daoist and Confucian groups are quietly emerging as a powerful force for a greener China'.