Workers roll a log in a wood in Beijing, China. Excessive tree-cutting has accelerated desertification and soil erosion in many regions of China. Photo: Getty Images
Workers roll a log in a wood in Beijing, China. Excessive tree-cutting has accelerated desertification and soil erosion in many regions of China. Photo: Getty Images
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

China was a sustainability pioneer, learning early that human exploitation of nature should be synchronised with nature’s cycle

  • During the Zhou dynasty, trees were felled according to seasons and laws forbade hunters from killing the young of wild animals
  • Feudal ruler Duke Xuan was famously remonstrated with by a senior official for trying to catch fish when they were spawning

Workers roll a log in a wood in Beijing, China. Excessive tree-cutting has accelerated desertification and soil erosion in many regions of China. Photo: Getty Images
Workers roll a log in a wood in Beijing, China. Excessive tree-cutting has accelerated desertification and soil erosion in many regions of China. Photo: Getty Images
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