Date(s) - 11/16/17
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Ma Jun, Founding Director, Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs
Prosperity or health – does one have to choose? With massive industrialization and urbanization, China’s environment pays a heavy price. China’s most recent annual environmental report notes that three quarters of Chinese cities cannot meet the nation’s air quality standards, while the water quality of 60 percent of monitored groundwater wells is either “bad” or “very bad.” Ma Jun, this year’s Dr. Scholl Foundation Visiting Fellow and China’s foremost environmentalist, has been exposing these concerns for decades. An innovator, he has pioneered ways to share pollution data with the public and cooperate with international businesses – all while striving to bridge the gap between the government and the public. With the world turning to China for affordable and clean energy leadership, Ma will share his insider’s perspective on a blue – or grey – sky future for Beijing.
Founding Director, Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs
Ma Jun is the founding director of the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE), the Beijing-based non-profit which launched China’s first environmental public database, the China Pollution Map. He also developed the Blue Map (Weilan Ditu), a mobile app that helps the public use “micro-reports” against environmental violations and polluted rivers. Ma was honored with the Magsaysay Award in 2009 and Goldman Prize in 2012 for his environmental protection work in China, and the 2015 Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Additionally, in 2006, he was named as one of TIME Magazine’s World’s 100 Most Influential People. Ma Jun began his career in 1993 working for the South China Morning Post, and published China’s Water Crisis in 1999