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The Green Dragon Media Project

Green Dragon DVDMy friends Caroline, Max and River have produced a remarkable documentary film about sustainable development in China. During the summer of 2007 they traveled to nine cities along China’s rapidly developing eastern seaboard from Harbin in the north to Shenzhen in the south. Their goal was “to investigate common misconceptions about the potential for mass-scale sustainable construction.” 

   Green Dragon Map

This map shows the 9 cities visited. From north to south; Harbin, Beijing, Tianjin, Qingdao, Lianyungang, Suzhou, Cixi, Shanghai, Shenzhen

They have produced a film which “portrays the sheer scale of China’s construction industry while engaging the viewer in the reality of how this industry works. It also provides an in-depth discussion of the barriers and opportunities for China to ‘go green’. High level developers present their experiences alongside government officials, product manufacturers, architects and lawyers.” Don’t let the mention of that last profession discourage you from buying this film. The Green Dragon filmmakers have miraculously found a lawyer who is not only knowledgeable, articulate, and benevolent, but extremely photogenic as well. An in-depth online multi-media report accompanies the film and can be accessed here. A DVD of the film is only $15, or you can download it for a measly $8 here.  

For those of you in or around Washington, DC there will be a screening of the film on March 19:

The Green Dragon – Environmental Film Festival Screening
Wednesday, March 19 2008, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Jennifer L. Turner, Woodrow Wilson Center; Caroline Harrison, Filmmaker
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china-tree.jpgI always wanted to have a tree growing through my house and these lucky folks have a whopper.  Of course this has nothing to do with Chinese environmental law, but hey its Sunday and I liked the pictures. . . . The story was originally published here.

Old tree grows out of living room

Guo Zhongping and his wife Wu Zuyan, both 78, have a special decoration for their living room, a over 20-meter tall honey locust that pierces through the ceiling. This photo, taken on March 2, shows a huge tree growing out of the living room in a farmer’s home in Qunying village of Shiquan County in Shanxi Province.
tree-house.jpg[Photo: Xinhua]

The tree with a trunk that’s about one-meter in diameter stands right in the middle of the room and its crown spreads over the house, which is in Qunying village of Shiquan County in Shanxi Province. In 1980, the couple bought the three-room house at 1,100 yuan and moved in with their three kids.
The tree was already there at the time, so they used the tree-room as the living room and the other two as bedrooms, the couple told Xinhua New Agency. No one can tell when the house was built. It has been there, with the tree, and has had five owners since he began to remember things, said Yang Shoucheng, a 91-year-old local resident. A worker from the local forest bureau estimates that the tree is several hundred years old. Guo Zhongping and his wife Wu Zuyan touch the tree that grows in their living room on March 2.

tree-house-2.jpg[Photo: Xinhua]

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