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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

Animal Rights in China: PETA comes to BCD

Friday, May 29, 2015 from 7:00 PM10:00 PM

Animal Rights in China: PETA Comes to BCD

BCD Speaker Series on Friday,7pm on May 29th 

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 3 million members and supporters.

PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds, and other “pests” as well as cruelty to domesticated animals. We operate under the simple principle that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment.

About the Speaker

Hailey Chang is the Senior Special Projects Coordinator of PETA Asia. She will be talking about how PETA Asia promotes animal rights in China through public education, cruelty investigations, research, legislation, special events, and celebrity involvement. PETA Asia is an affiliate of PETA in the U.S.

Located in Hong Kong, PETA Asia is the base for PETA’s campaigns in 15 countries in Asia, a region that is home to more than one-third of the world’s population.

Learn more about PETA at

About the Restaurant 

Bejing Vegan Hut offers organic dishes including whole grain rice, noodles, dumplings, and pancakes. 
Directions: Subway Line 1 to Guomao Station, take Exit D, walk 50 meters west, turn left at CITC building, go south 50 meters. Name in Chinese 维根小屋. Address in Chinese 北京朝阳区建外soho 9号楼2层9213商铺.


Room 0912, 2nd floor, Bldg 9, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District
Beijing, China 100020
+86-10-58699856 (Manager can speak English and Chinese)

Dinner Price:

About 50RMB per person

Seating starts at 7pm, speaker at 8. 

See you there!



BCD Events – Pottery for Charity

BCD is not just doing dinners. Come join us for our first ever pottery night!

BCD is co-hosting this pottery charity event with a Beijing dinner club as a fun mix and mingle to get to know other cool people interested in charity and social development work in Beijing. You get to make something to take home, meet cool people and donate to charity (Crazy Bake – see more below)!

The folks at Crazy Bake will also come talk to us about the work they do and bring some of their delicious breads as samples!

If you want to pre-order your bread, email us back with what you want! (Challa Bread /Farmers Bread/ Rustic Italian/ Whole Wheat – 25RMB per loaf and 3 Bagels for 10 RMB)


Who: You and your friends! Everyone is welcome.

What: Make your own piece of pottery on a real pottery wheel (a la Ghost by Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore)

When: Thursday May 14th @ 8 pm

Where: Sanlitun SOHO

Building 5 Room 529 / 三里屯SOHO5号商场5楼5-529室

Why: Because you want to to play with mud and clay and meet new people.

How much: 100 RMB per person. 60 RMB goes to the cost of the event and 40 RMB will go to Crazy Bake.


So please RSVP! :)
RSVP Here:

Many thanks and see you t

– BCD Team


About Crazy Bake

We will be supporting Crazy Bake which is an organization that works within and with the Beijing Chaoyang District Mental Health Service Center, a facility currently housing and caring for 210 patients. The patients age ranges from 20 to 80 years old and the majority is diagnosed with schizophrenia and depression. Other patients are diagnosed with dementia or are developmentally challenged.

Crazy Bake’s idea is that a bakery would be a meaningful occupation as well as a profitable business for the patients, while providing the marketing they need. Currently Crazy Bake bakes five to six days a week. The production capacity is limited as most bakers can work a maximum of 3 to 4 hours per day and on many days we are at capacity. These funds go towards their facilities and the equipment that they would need to produce the baked goods.

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BCD goes on a field trip to visit Roundabout

Hi Everyone! Roundabout is hosting a fair inviting everyone to come and hangout with them for the day. Lots of our past speakers will be there and it will be a great chance to get to know some of the charities and other development groups here in Beijing!

Join us Saturday afternoon as we head there together!
When: 1pm
Where: Liangmaqiao subway station by exit B
Call/Text 13693674463 (Jon)

Please text us at the number above to let us know if you can make it! We’ll leave the station right after 1pm so arrive promptly. :)

See you on Saturday!

Big thanks!
-BCD Team

Asia Catalyst – Report on Transgender Female Sex Workers in China

Saturday, March 21, 2015 @ 7 pm



Transgender Female Sex Workers in China Based on field research conducted in China throughout 2014, this talk will highlight findings from a detailed study on the daily realities for transgender female and female-presenting sex workers in Beijing and Shanghai. The research focused on the legal frameworks, working conditions, and access to services for transgender female sex workers in China.  Although there are no outright legal penalties for being a transgender person in China, the absence of non-discrimination laws, lack of professional medical services for gender change, and a lack of targeted HIV programming and services mean there is no effective protection.

About the Speaker:

Shen Tingting, Director of Advocacy, Research and PolicyShen Tingting has been a prominent HIV/AIDS and human rights advocate in Beijing, China, and has been working with marginalized communities since her college days. In 2007, Tingting co-founded the Korekata AIDS Law Center with Li Dan, and until 2012 she was the deputy director of its parent organization, Dongjen Center for Human Rights Education and Action, where she founded and managed an outreach program for sex workers in Beijing. Tingting received her MA in Social Welfare from Renmin University of China in 2009, and served as a visiting research fellow at Asia Catalyst from March -August 2012.

About the Organization:

Asia Catalyst works with community based organizations from marginalized groups in Asia that promote the right to health. They train their partners to meet high standards of effective and democratic governance, to establish a stable foundation for future growth, and to conduct rigorous human rights research and advocacy. They aim to help our partners become leading advocates at the local, national and global levels.

Elephant Conservations- Maria Coffey & Dag Goering

 Saturday, March 7th, 2015 @ 7 pm


Location: Changzhou Hotel 常州宾馆
Address:  No 113 Jixiangli, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, 朝阳门外大街吉祥里113号楼1层
Tel:  65535588 (Reservation under Lin 林 18611436428)

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With China recently announcing a ban on ivory imports for the next year, we are delighted to welcome to Sauder Alumni Beijing the founder of Elephant Earth which raises funds and awareness for projects in India, Southeast Asia and Africa to improve captive elephant welfare and mitigate the challenges facing elephants in the wild.

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For veterinarian/photographer Dag Goering and celebrated writer Maria Coffey, life, work and art are inseparable. Goering’s art installation, Elephant Enigma, has been presented in prestigious venues across North America, India and in Italy, along with Elephant Earth seminars featuring prominent experts.  His images have also been widely published in books and prominent newspapers and magazines such as National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Traveler, Elle Magazine and The New York Times.

The couple co-authored Visions of the Wild, about their kayak circumnavigation of Vancouver Island, and Coffey has written eleven other internationally published books, including Where the Mountain Casts its Shadow, which won the Banff Mountain Literature Prize as well as the National Outdoor Book Award. Her latest book, Explorers of the Infinite, was endorsed by Oprah Winfrey.  Dag and Maria are presently co-writing a book about their journey into the world of elephants.

Jan 24: International Rivers – China’s “Dam Rush”

BCD Speaker Series Presents:

Saturday, January 24th, 2015 @ 7 pm

Location: 宝源川院 in Liangmaqiao at Maizidianjie 6


International Rivers, an international environmental NGO, has been working for the past 30 years to protect rivers around the world, including in China.

Grace Mang, the China Program Director for International Rivers, will answer some interesting questions at this BCD about China’s river development plans relating to hydropower such as:

What part will China’s South West Rivers’ play in China’s energy development?

What sort of environmental and social impacts will there be?

How does this impact on downstream countries and what is the impact so far?

What can be done?

She will begin her story where the mighty Mekong, Brahmaputra, Salween and Yangtze rivers start their flow; explore the plans of Chinese energy planners and dam builders for China’s rivers, and outline the environmental and social impacts .

Come join us and find out about China’s dam plan for the mighty Mekong and the impact on on China’s southwestern peoples and what does it really means to install so many dams?