Grassroots Initiatives for Ecological Transition in China

Tsui SIT*, Kin Chi LAU, Zhiyou HUANG, Shaoxiong LIANG

*Corresponding author for this work

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In light of ecological disasters in China and social alienation among the Chinese people, this article argues that ecology must take precedence over economy, agriculture over industry and finance, and life over money and profit. The article focuses on the New Rural Reconstruction Movement and the Loving Home Village campaigns and identifies several grassroots initiatives in search for pathways to social and ecological transition. It presents in detail the trajectories of Little Donkey Farm, Liang Shuming Rural Reconstruction Center, Yun Jianli, and Yang Zhengxi, which are examples of how to mobilize both urban and rural communities to participate in social and ecological transformation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-160
Number of pages22
JournalAgrarian South
Issue number2
Early online date19 May 2023
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This article is supported by Innovation Research 2035 Pilot Plan of Southwest University (SWUPilotPlan029).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 Centre for Agrarian Research and Education for South (CARES).


  • China
  • rural
  • community
  • ecology
  • agriculture


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