On September 11, the first lecture on “Ecological Wisdom and Eco-Civilization” of Guiyang Confucius Academy was delivered. With the theme of “Ecological Changes and Environmental Protection in the History of China,” Mr. Zhang Quanming, a well-known expert in ecological and environmental history and former professor and doctoral supervisor of the School of History and Culture of Central China Normal University, elaborated on the topic from three aspects, namely changes of ecological environment, overall assessment of such changes, and protection of the ecological environment in the history of China.
“From ancient times, human activities have transformed people’s lifestyles and led to continuous ecological environment changes. The pursuit of ecological culture of harmony between man and nature and environmental protection measures taken by the ancient Chinese is a rational reflection of environmental changes, an awareness of the danger posed by environmental degradation at that time, as well as an effective correction of the gradual imbalance of ecosystems at some time or in local areas.” Professor Zhang said that environmental protection is essentially a social issue. Since the ecological crisis is getting worse, exploring and reflecting on the successful experience and valuable lessons of environmental cognition and environmental protection practices in the history of China are of positive theoretical and practical significance for the construction of modern eco-civilization and the sustainable development of society.
It is learned that from 2013 to 2015, Confucius Academy had hosted the “Chinese Culture and Eco-Civilization” Sub Forum of Eco Forum Global Guiyang for three consecutive years and invited Xu Jialu, Ye Xiaowen, Du Weiming, Cheng Zhongying, An Lezhe, Zhang Liwen, Chen Lai, Zhang Jiyu, Liu Zhaoxuan and other well-known domestic and foreign scholars in humanities and social sciences and ecological environment to conduct exchanges on topics of the enlightenment of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism in traditional Chinese culture on modern eco-environmental progress and ideas of eco-civilization in Chinese and Western cultures, aiming to deeply explore the philosophy of eco-civilization in Chinese and Western cultures.
Since then, Confucius Academy has actively organized and carried out the research on ecological culture and approved projects of Major Topics on Chinese Studies, including “Research on Traditional Ecological Culture in Guizhou” and “Research on the Construction of Eco-Civilization and Development of Ecological Culture in Guizhou.” Its Institute for Advanced Study launched a series of research projects on “ecological culture” in 2019. Through in-depth research on the history of Chinese ecological culture, these projects aim to systematically analyze ecological wisdom in traditional Chinese culture and its value, create an academic brand and important platform after the promotion of research on Wang Yangming’s theory, and contribute to the strategy of Eco-environmental progress of Guizhou Province. Until now, the research on “Ancient Chinese Ecological Wisdom” has initiated. Its compilation, annotation, and review of ecological views and famous works on environmental ethics of ancient Chinese philosophers, litterateur, scientists, and politicians will facilitate the accumulation of materials for further in-depth research on the history of Chinese ecological culture and the work is expected to be completed within this year.
Suo Xiaoxia, Secretary of the Party Committee and Director of Cultural Communication Center of Guiyang Confucius Academy, said that ecological and environmental degradation has become one of the most significant problems for human beings. It is imperative to effectively control environmental deterioration and protect the common homeland, which is also the consensus of all countries and people of insight worldwide. What Confucius Academy needs to do is to build an academic brand and an important platform of “ecological culture,” learn the wisdom of the ancients from the excellent traditional Chinese culture, facilitate the resolution of realistic ecological problems, and make due contributions to ecological progress.