Jeff Zhou (CIWF) – Can China’s Farms be ethical?

Saturday, July 25th, 2015 @ 7 pm
Location: Swagat Indian

Restaurant address: Rm. 127, Guanghua Lu SOHO, 22 Guanghua Lu


Event description:

Since 2007 Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) has pioneered a unique program of engagement with the world’s leading food businesses. CIWF’s partnership aims to put farm animal welfare at the heart of the industry and to raise the baseline standards of welfare in food production systems.
CIWF believes in collaboration and a solutions-led approach, developing relationships that are based on trust, mutual benefit and reward for progress.
They offer strategic advice and technical support for the development, implementation and communication of higher welfare systems.
Jeff will be talking about the how China’s farms can be ethical.

Speaker’s Bio:
Jeff Zhou has represented Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) in China since 2008. Since working at CIWF he has organized several workshops and conferences on animal welfare, and has worked with a variety of organizations and individuals to promote animal welfare legislation.
Jeff regularly gives educational lectures to undergraduates and producers to help raise public awareness about animal welfare, and actively seeks ways to work with governmental departments and research centers to promote welfare-friendly agricultural practices.
More recently Jeff successfully developed the connection between the ‘International Cooperation Committee of Animal Welfare’, (ICCAW) and Compassion in World Farming in China.

Documentary screening: the True Cost

On Tuesday, August the 4th, we invite you to come down to the Bookworm in Beijing and watch the groundbreaking documentary “the True Cost”.

“The True Cost” is a 2015 documentary which explores the true cost of fashion on people and the planet. Filmed around the world, from fashion runaways to slums, this documentary by Andrew Morgan describes how the human and environmental cost of the clothes we wear has been increasing dramatically over the past decades, at the same time as their price has decreased. We thank Green Initiative for helping us obtain this documentary.

Location: the Bookworm

Time: 7.30 PM (movie starts at 8), August 4th, 2015

Ticket: 50 rmb/person (includes a free drink)

China’s Clean Energy Policy: Challenges and Opportunities – Alvin Lin

Saturday, July 11th, 2015 @ 7 pm

Location: Caravan
Address: 44, Guanghua Lu. Across from Brazilian Embassy

Event description:

China recently released its 2030 climate and energy targets for the UN climate agreement to be agreed on in December in Paris.

China will be committing to peak its CO2 emissions by 2030 or earlier, to increase the share of non-fossil energy (i.e., renewables and nuclear) to 20% of its energy mix by 2030, and to reduce its carbon intensity (how much CO2 it emits per unit GDP) by 60-65% by 2030, compared to 2005 levels.
Alvin will discuss these goals in the context of China’s clean energy and environmental policies over the past decade, and the challenges and opportunities for reducing coal consumption and transitioning to cleaner energy.

Speaker Bio:

Alvin is China Climate and Energy Policy Director in NRDC’s Beijing office, focusing on analysis and policy advocacy around China’s climate and clean energy policies. His work covers a broad range of issues, including addressing the environmental impacts of coal and shale gas development, promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy, strengthening nuclear power safety regulation, and improving air pollution policies and laws. Mr. Lin has a B.A. from Yale University, M. Phil. from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and J.D. from NYU School of Law. Prior to joining NRDC, he worked as a litigator and judicial clerk in New York.



Beijing Community Dinners Presents – Movie Nights

Want to watch interesting documentaries with interesting people who want to learn more about the world around us? Join BCD at their regular monthly “Movie Nights”!


Friday September 4th: Growing Changes

Tuesday October 6th : Unwasted by Dr. Mercola
Tuesday November 3rd: Surviving Progress by  Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks
Tuesday December 1st: Meat the Truth by Marianne Thieme
September 4: Growing Change


This documentary looks at one of the most exciting experiments in the world to grow a fair and sustainable food system.
Growing Change follows the filmmaker’s journey to understand why current food systems leave hundreds of millions of people in hunger. It’s a journey to understand how the world will feed itself in the future in the face of major environmental challenges.
The documentary begins with an investigation of the 2008 global food crisis, looking at the long-term underlying causes. Will expanding large-scale, energy-intensive agriculture, be the solution or re problems? If we already produce enough food to feed the world why do so many people go hungry?

After hearing about efforts in Venezuela to develop a more equitable and sustainable food and agriculture system, the filmmaker heads there to see if it’s working and find out what we might be able to learn from this giant experiment.

Location: the Bookworm
Time: 15:00-17:00

October 6: Unwasted

Unwasted is a documentary that presents the alluring ideal of zero waste as a key element of the sustainable business model.

The film was produced in 2011 by Seattle-based, green facility maintenance firm Sage Environmental Services2 in partnership with PorterWorks, 3 a sustainable solutions company.

It features interviews with industry leaders, policy-makers, activists, scientists, and business professionals from the Pacific Northwest region who are leading the charge toward a “less wasteful, more profitable and environmentally sustainable society.”

In it, you’ll also learn practical recycling tips that anyone can implement. As stated in the film, nature does not create waste. Humans (and more specifically modern man) are the only animal on Earth that creates waste that nature cannot process…

And we’re doing it at a staggering rate. Discarded trash is clearly one of the most pressing environmental issues facing us today.

Location: To be determined
Time: 15:00-17:00

November 3: Surviving Progress

This 2011 Canadian documentary film is loosely based on A Short History of Progress, a book and a 2004 Massey Lecture series by Ronald Wright about societal collapse.
“Every time history repeats itself the price goes up.”
Surviving Progress presents the story of human advancement as awe-inspiring and double-edged. It reveals the grave risk of running the 21st century’s software — our know-how — on the ancient hardware of our primate brain which hasn’t been upgraded in 50,000 years. With rich imagery and immersive soundtrack, filmmakers Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks launch us on journey to contemplate our evolution from cave-dwellers to space explorers.

Location: To be determined
Time: 15:00-17:00

December 1: Meat the Truth

Meat the Truth is high-profile documentary which forms an addendum to earlier films on climate change. Although such films have succeeded in drawing public attention to the issue of global warming, they have repeatedly ignored one of the most important causes of climate change: the intensive livestock production. Meat the Truth draws attention to this by demonstrating that livestock farming generates more greenhouse gas emissions worldwide than all cars, lorries, trains, boats and planes added together.

Location: To be determined
Time: 15:00-17:00