When it comes to economy and environment
I am Wenqi Yue, the treasure of WUSICE, usually referred to the “Money person”. I am an undergraduate student in WUSTL majoring in Economics (probably math as well). I hope everyone is as excited as I am about the upcoming conference and ready to crack some tough problems!
One of the goals of WUSICE is built upon the idea of establishing and enhancing the network between universities around the world over environmental issues, and for me, linking environmental to communities’ well-being as well. And yes, for me, that is closely related to the economic issues. I am passionate about exploring new solutions on balancing out economic growth while protecting the environment, which put me in an interesting position, or the in between, when conflicts are formed between environmental preservation and economic development. Communications becomes crucial, and understanding between individuals and countries sometimes the tipping pointing of solving those issues.
If I have to choose a side, I will take myself as a “Breakthrough” supporter, or an happy follower of Michael Shellenberger and Ted Norhaus’s approach towards environmental issues. Economy growth can go hand in hand with environmental protections. Wal-Mart at the top of Fortune 500 list is probably the biggest motivation for package companies to reduce the amount of plastics they use, keep the preservatives to a minimum, etc.
If you are interested in learning more about Breakthrough, please check out www.thebreakthrough.org, and also don’t forget to google about Walmarts’ action on being an environmental friendly company. I am very curious about the feedbacks I would get.