Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC)
On 31 October I had the privilege to introduce Toxic Capitalism to the FCCC. The venue was the Embassy of Poland, a great place as it is one of the most impressive embassies in Beijing. The journalists and other participants did ask some sharp questions but were “more friendly than I expected”. They were just nice and interested!. They had announced the talk as follows:
Headlines from China feature dramatic pollution levels and a strain of capitalism that thrives on overconsumption and indiscriminate wastage, promoted by the West with the help of questionable companies, financial institutions and governments. The Factory of the World, China is facing depletion of resources and roams the world to satisfy its voracious appetite for energy, raw materials, and food. How serious is the environmental destruction? Is capitalism fundamentally wrong? How did we come to this madness, and what can we do to preserve the future of our children?
Join a talk with Gilbert Van Kerckhove, whose recently published book Toxic Capitalism criticizes the overconsumption and wastage caused by questionable companies, financial institutions and governments, and leading to depletion of natural resources and environmental destruction.
German Centre for Industry and Trade Beijing
On 8 November the German Centre organized another talk about my book. Small crowd but very lively interaction. Location: the German Centre Meeting Room (11th Floor, Landmark Tower 2). See here one of the pics, taken by the Centre.
Mr. Gilbert Van Kerckhove, Chair of Public Procurement Working Group of the EUCCC, engineer, researcher and writer of the book “Toxic Capitalism. The orgy of consumerism and waste: Are we the last generation on earth?” is going to share insights, facts and figures as well as his advice to the government on waste and recycling issues, condemned water, air pollution and other “intoxifying” issues that modern China faces.
Please join us for an open discussion on questions like the following: “China, as Factory of the World, is facing depletion of resources and roams the world to satisfy its voracious appetite for energy, raw materials, and food. How serious is the environmental destruction? Is capitalism fundamentally wrong? How did we come to this madness, and what can we do to preserve the future of our children?”