Cross-Cultural Communication, China, and the Climate Crisis.

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november, 2021

22nov12:00 pm12:30 pmVirtual EventCross-Cultural Communication, China, and the Climate Crisis.12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Event Type :Question and Answer


(Monday) 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

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While there are many obstructions to tackling the climate crisis effectively — the financial clout of the fossil fuel industries, the political power of the religious right, the pervasive distractions of Big Tech — we aren’t going to survive very well without full cooperation from China. (And then from India, Russia, Brazil, etc.)

Gaining China’s cooperation won’t be easy, because our current relations with the Chinese government could hardly be worse. But it would help if we (Europeans, Americans, Westerners) could improve our cross-cultural communication skills.

We need to acknowledge that our ways of thinking and doing are not the only good ways — that different cultures have ideas and understandings of the world that are perfectly valid — and to appreciate the lingering effects of colonialism in this context.

A discussion of these issues can lead to insights concerning cross-cultural communication more generally.


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Graham Parkes

Show bio +A native of Glasgow, Graham has taught philosophy at universities in the United States, Europe, and East Asia, and is now Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Vienna. He has published widely in the fields of European, Chinese, and Japanese thought, with a current emphasis on environmental philosophy.  His latest book is ‘How to think about Climate Change‘.

Beatriz Parraga

Show bio +Beatriz is a recent Business and Tourism Management graduate and has experience in hospitality and facilities management. She founds Sustainable and Ethical Tourism module at University one of the most interesting and therefore she is interested to study further  Sustainability.  Her other interests involve learning graphic design, fitness, nature and hiking.