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I love China. But what am I to do?

Popularity 9Viewed 3466 times 2014-3-16 22:12 |System category:News| Chinese, pollution

I love China. I have made my home here. I have started my family here.
I try my best to influence my students and help them in life. 
I always try to be friendly with the locals and learn about their lives.
I have always defended China against the "China haters", especially when back home.
But now, it is becoming more difficult to defend my new home.

Today, the news from Europe was the story that Paris has severe pollution and has implemented emergency measures to help curb the pollution. They have restricted the number of cars/motorbikes and made all public transport free during this emergency. The prime minister of France has called on the People to use public transport, and those that are high risk to stay indoors. 
How severe is this pollution? 180. yes, you read it right. 180. 180 and the French government is calling a national emergency.

This made me ask myself and wonder: "What, really, is the Chinese Government doing to stop the pollution in China?"
What are they doing? how can I possibly defend my home when the emergency measures are only implemented in Beijing and Tianjin? How can I defend this magnificent country when most cities are demolishing buildings on an industrial scale, creating more dust than car fumes? How can I possibly defend China when they are trying to reduce air pollution by demolishing buildings and building more roads? What is the point in defending China when they can clearly control the pollution (cast your mind back to the blue skies during the Beijing Olympics), but are not making an effort in focusing on the real problems (too many cars and demolition) ?

What has my home that I fell in love will become?

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Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2014-3-17 00:01
"What has my home that I feel in love with will become?" A construction site!
Reply Report thedrunkingpig 2014-3-17 02:19
I'n my city, most of the west has been demolished. thousands of people have been displaced. regardless of the weather you must wear a mask because of the dust. if there is no wind, you cant breath because of the car pollution. if its windy, you cant breath because of the dust blown in from the construction sites. development i guess. but at what cost.
Reply Report breezeml2013 2014-3-17 02:53
Yes, fog and haze are twins now, a terrible mixing present.
Reply Report SoCalChevy 2014-3-17 18:23
What steps is China taking to curb pollution?
Reply Report HailChina! 2014-3-17 18:24
Are you sure you are trying?

Pollution is not just a challenge for China. Of course the situation is somewhat more urgent for China due to the western corporations taking advantage of the hard working Chinese people and an attractive economic situation but the measures in France are a good reminder that pollution challenges are not in any way restricted to China. All developed nations face the challenge of pollution control and it should not be left to China to take the lead in solving this issue. A collective but sensible approach is needed from the global community and major powers. And by sensible I mean that it should not hurt economy if the gain is not worth it. Chinese citizens must realize that without the pollution the standard of living in China would not be ever increasing. The hysterical approach of the west and their corporate solutions like carbon credits do nothing other than create false industry for the rich and allow them to continue to pollute their own nations as well as China.

The recent initiative of the pollution fighting drones that the CPC has been working on is a great idea and these are the types of solutions we should be seeking. In my opinion China has taken the lead in fighting this challenge and the world needs to do more to help. It is not just the pollution fighting drones that the CPC has put time and money into to solve this collective global challenge. We also know that China is the World Champion of solar power. China is leading the way on fighting pollution and the rest of the world must do much more to help.
Reply Report Motika 2014-3-18 00:19
roundup will finish us all off
Reply Report thedrunkingpig 2014-3-18 02:04
@HailChina!
yes pollution is a serious problem all over the world. however, when the levels are regularly measured above 400, you have to ask what is going on? you seem to forget these figures. Paris had 180 and took actions. this year parts of north china reached 1000, beijing regularly hits 500. Chinas pollution is on a different scale. now whenever you hear the Government talking about action on pollution, its always the same: Beijing, tianjin and the north east. why dont these politicians take action in every city in China?

I totally disagree on your statement "China is leading the way on fighting pollution" in-fact, this is complete hog wash.
the west has had the technology to limit factory emissions for years. whether it has been greener equipment or better filters. car companies have catalytic converters fitted to every car and thier emissions are strictly monitored. why hasn't china adopted this? just imaging the reduction in pollution from cars if they all had catalytic converters? imaging how cleaner the air would be if there was a crack down on the levels of car fumes? this is a simple task with huge possibilities. but then as you are in china you will see how strictly the laws are enforced.

there are many things that can be done, but are not. and as you live in the capital, things are always trying to improve there. i cant remember what the old saying is, but its along the lines of "the mountains are high and the emperor is far"
Reply Report chessgame 2014-3-18 05:07
yes,that is why africa remains the best place on earth.very soon we  will be seeing influx of people willing to settle in africa.well that may only come when the worst hit asia,europe and the americas.
Reply Report Léoni 2014-3-18 05:53
We ourselves should improve awareness. Our government should take more measures, but if we do not aware of the severe pollution, it will not make any difference.
Reply Report KIyer 2014-3-18 18:48
One loves and defends those one loves even if they have problems. If problems cause you to lose the love to defend 'your' China, you probably dont belong there. Pollution is a by product of development.  Try to do something about reducing consumption in your own life to generate less pollutants and you might inspire others. That would be a meaningful way to do contribute to this issue rather than use it to make it a target for China bashers... You would not have loved the UK or USA or Germany or France in the days of their fastest development.
Reply Report ExileMick 2014-3-19 04:56
Might I suggest that you return to your home country for a visit? See the things missing there that China has and, when you come back, you will appreciate this wonderful country again. China isn't perfect (yet) but you are looking at the negatives which is an easy trap to fall into. When you speak with your friends back home, tell them of how safe it is here to walk in any street and at any time of the day or night. Ask them when was the last time they could enjoy such a reassuring feeling?

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  • I love China. But what am I to do? 2014-3-19 04:56

    Might I suggest that you return to your home country for a visit? See the things missing there that China has and, when you come back, you will appreciate this wonderful country again. China isn't perfect (yet) but you are looking at the negatives which is an easy trap to fall into. When you speak with your friends back home, tell them of how safe it is here to walk in any street and at any time of the day or night. Ask them when was the last time they could enjoy such a reassuring feeling?

  • I love China. But what am I to do? 2014-3-18 18:48

    One loves and defends those one loves even if they have problems. If problems cause you to lose the love to defend 'your' China, you probably dont belong there. Pollution is a by product of development.  Try to do something about reducing consumption in your own life to generate less pollutants and you might inspire others. That would be a meaningful way to do contribute to this issue rather than use it to make it a target for China bashers... You would not have loved the UK or USA or Germany or France in the days of their fastest development.

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