We’ve all seen the pictures of China’s smog blanketed cities pop up on the nighty news.
Hundreds of cities (many that most global citizens have an idea of where they are located) are churning with million of Chinese wearing surgical masks to ward off the particulates in their atmosphere. China burns more coal than the rest of the world combined. Plus, the coal China burns is a cheap, low-grade coal, that does not burn brilliantly, nor fully, and emits all types of toxins and soot. It is called brown coal. Other nations, (like the U.S.) banned its use locally and are gleeful to sell the coal to developing countries, that manufacture cheap exports in return. It’s a vicious cycle.
There’s a new environmental documentary circulating on the internet, that’s been banned in China, that you have to watch. Even if it wasn’t banned, this is must-see for all environmentally conscious folks, but the ban makes it even more fascinating.
The speaker is Chai Jing, a young Chines mother, who watched her child and others suffer from the smog and started asking questions. She bravely interviews Chinese government officials, doctors, academics, UK and US officials, and even traveled the globe to understand how other cities that previously suffered from debilitating smog encountered the challenge and began addressing the problem. Its as if she was a reporter in the West, with her brazen style. Most interestingly, she draws parallels and answers from lessons learned by London and Los Angeles.
But just recently, the Chinese government determined that she raised too many questions and the interviewed officials were accurately cast as buffoons. The government took exception to Chai Jing’s enthralling presentation (similar to Al Gore’s eye-opening presentations) that is the basis of this documentary and banned it from their internet.
Fortunately for the rest of the word, it is still available at YouTube. The documentary, Under The Dome – Investigating China’s Smog is slick, informative, and eye-opening. If you have any interest in the environment, and you probably do, since you’re reading Green Blizzard, it’s a must see. We’ve already watched it twice. In the film, many Chinese environmental officials are interviewed and confide that violators are not confronted and regulations are not enforced – environmental enforcement corruption appears to be rampant.
So, turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances, grab a glass of tap water, and sit back and watch this documentary and spread the word. Then with this new understanding, figure out some way you can individually avoid feeding this CO2, greenhouse gas, and toxin-emitting manufacturing giant.