China’s growing on a level and at a pace that no country has ever seen, and likely won’t ever see again. As hundreds of millions of Chinese seeking social mobility move into cities and the demand for cheap imported goods from China continues to rise, their expanding manufacturing industries are wreaking havoc on the environment. While China’s searching for the Good Life by creating astronomical amounts of wealth, a lot of people are wondering how much more the land and skies can take.
After spending a year in the land of the dragon, I left bewildered by the effects I saw on a society enduring unbridled expansion. The photo essay below explores China’s dilemma of finding a balance between growth and conservation of resources. Click on the first picture below to begin.