It isn’t all bad: China’s progressive environmental policy

With a foot firmly planted out the god damn door, I have decided to do a couple of posts talking about some of the more positive sides of this country. Since deciding to leave China, my need to bellyache seems to be decreasing. This has lead me to see the sunnier side of things.

Or then again, maybe it is just the fact that so many other countries in the world seem to be dropping the fucking ball on this particular issue. In America, the climate-denier-in-chief is going to make sure that his stpid god damn beliefs make America wheeze like 19th century London.

Despite being a country famed first and foremost for its pollution, China seems to have found its environmental awareness and has hired an Italian architect to put up a vertical forest in the city of Nanjing. Riding on the high of that good decision, China  has doubled down and decided to turn those truly polluted cities into forest cities.

So far so good, now let’s talk about it a little more.

Many people are going to look at this and say too little to late, or call it a band-aid solution to a much deeper problem. I’m not going to exactly call those people wrong. For starters, I haven’t the slightest idea what the efficacy of these vertical forests practically is. I have no idea what it would do in a place like Hangzhou, where 8 million people or so all want to drive their cars to the lake.  But I also have noticed that no, it isn’t the only thing being done to move towards a more green world. So there is a reason for more general optimism.

But what I would like to address is the odd dichotomy of such a project. China is famous for seeming uncaring, at least as far as foreigners seem to interpret the actions of Beijing. We seem to think of the Chinese government as largely uncaring. Well, the people of China have made it abundantly clear that this is an issue they want solved, and thus the government is working on it. Yea, I’ve heard The Dictator’s Handbook and I know that you guys are probably thinking that this just means that those in power are trying to stay in power. Perhaps. But right now, it certainly looks as if the Chinese government is much more beholden to its citizenry than the USA.

So, one point to Gryffindor I guess. Except Gryffindor is China?

Yup, I’m puzzled to.

As a concluding point I want to address the thick irony of my writing about a wonderful green Chinese future while  also being firmly motivated to leave China by the thick cloud of pollution that exists here.  It isn’t lost on me. I guess I will have to just cite my firend Justine and say “China’s going to be great when they finish building it”








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