Since in the current global environmental and climate crisis East Asia will play a major role in negotiating solutions, it is vital to understand East Asian cultural variations in approaching and solving environmental challenges in the past, present, and future. The interdisciplinary volume Nature, Environment and Culture in East Asia: The Challenge of Climate Change, edited by Carmen Meinert, explores how cultural patterns and ideas have shaped a specific understanding of nature, how local and regional cultures develop(ed) coping strategies to adapt to environmental and climatic changes in the past and in the present and how various institutions and representatives might introduce their ideas and agendas in future environmental and climate policies on national levels and in international negotiating systems.
Carmen Meinert, Dr. phil. (2001), is Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen. Her field of research covers Chinese and Tibetan religious history, Buddhist studies, and cultural perspectives on environmental and climate change.