China Trails 2020

A research notebook exploring directions of change in Chinese approaches to creating experiences in nature. ”Nature” is as much a cultural construct as the city, and has been central to Chinese medicine, art, religion, and politics for several thousand years.

The future of Chinese nature is at a critical juncture. Economic development and climate change offer new threats and possibilities to the organization of natural experiences for humans.

My longterm goal with this research is to map the people, places, institutions, and issues that would have to be knit together to create a sort of "Chinese Appalachian Trail." Such a trail system would preserve land for hiking and walking and link (often historic) human trails across multiple provinces. It would integrate a variety of cultural, scientific, and commercial projects at multiple scales, from local to national.

Lyn Jeffery, Director, Technology Horizons Program, Institute for the Future
contact: ljeffery@iftf.org
The interaction between humans and their environment is at the heart of my academic interests and life passions. Working with the Campus Greens, communit-planning groups in Walla Walla, and as Whitman’s first campus-sustainability coordinator has strengthened my commitment to civic engagement as a solution to socioenvironmental challenges. Learning Chinese and traveling to China’s troubled west heightened my awareness of the need for respect toward nature and human rights. I am looking forward to making protection of the Earth my life’s work.
he region that encompasses the Himalaya-Hindu Kush mountain range and the Tibetan Plateau is widely known as the Third Pole because its ice fields contain the largest reserve of fresh water outside the polar regions. The Tibetan Plateau is the largest and highest region on earth and the source of the 10 major river systems that provide irrigation, power and drinking water for over 1.3 billion people – nearly 20% of the world’s population.
They have revived a February 2012 plan to develop a 2,800-kilometre highway from Kolkata in India’s east, through Dhaka, Sylhet, Imphal, Moreh, Tamu, Mandalay, Museto, and ending in Yunnan province in China’s south.