We used to worry that population, too many people, would destroy the environment. Now we understand that there's something even worse: affluence.

China is the world's biggest country, and as it becomes more and more affluent it will overtake the United States to become the world's worst polluter.

China may soon be the world's largest economy, with a middle class of 300 million people, all consumers, reaching for the good life: shopping, buying and even driving in record numbers. For many, it's the ultimate dream. But unless China cleans up its act, the dream could become an environmental nightmare, with a poisoned atmosphere, a world of dying forests and disappearing wildlife, flooded and baked by the searing heat of global warming. China is at a crossroads and decisions made here will affect everyone on the planet.

Film Duration: 56 min