5 Mar 2014

Where is the Beijing?

JZ writes:*

Yesterday, I had heard a joke about a taxi driver who lives in Beijing said, "if the haze had happened in 1940s, then China wouldn't have been involved in WWII because nobody would clearly see Beijing, let alone attack it." After loud laughing, I thought about "what has happened?" Without any doubt, pollution is the reason of the severe weather, maybe not all of it, but it must be the main factor. And the key part of the pollution is the emitted carbon dioxide and the secondary pollutants from the factory industries.

Who need to response for the polluted surroundings. In the past, development was the most important concern for both the government and the citizens. The government introduced as many heavy industries as they could to help increase the GDP, which can reflect the development level of a particular region, they focused on the rate even ignored the “payment” of development, like pollution. Even though the development is a central to a country, it should not come to a risk of the environment. Without a healthy environment, the development would be futile because we would not even be able to meet our basic needs like the clean water and clear air. For the citizens, people tried to do everything to make life easier. The behaviors like cutting down trees recklessly and driving all the time will pollute the environment, and the degree of damage is far beyond imagination.

Bottom Line: The polluted environment was not the fault of any individual or organization, everybody needs to make up for it. Therefore, everybody needs to do their best to protect the environment and try to restore it. Balancing environment protecting and economic development will be the happiest result for the city even the world.

* These guest posts are from students in my resource economics class at Simon Fraser University. Please leave feedback on their logic, ideas and style and suggestions of how to improve.