Environmental Views of the Chinese Urbanites
This chapter focuses on environmental attitudes and the tendency of citizens to participate in environment-related street protest. Most Chinese cities face serious environmental problems. Unlike some other issues, such as land or labor disputes, which concern only a small and specific group of people, environmental pollution and degradation are of wider concern to the general population and can arouse widespread societal reaction. The descriptive questions to be answered in this chapter are concerned with Chinese urban residents’ environmental awareness and knowledge, their willingness to help improve the environment, their assessment of China’s environmental problems, and their satisfaction with government performance in protecting the environment. However, the key analytical question to be answered in this chapter is: why do some people choose to care for the environment while others do not?