The Industrial Death Sentence

Linfen is one of China’s cities and is located along Fen River. Ever wondered why the international market is filled with chinese products????? Well……….wonder no more. Some of these products come from Linfen. Linfen city is practically swallowed up by factories, manufacturing companies, smelting plants, coal mines, refineries and iron foundries, just to mention but a few. All these industries release tonnes of chemicals into the atmosphere creating a thick smog and haze. It is this smog that actually causes Linfen city to enjoy VERY FEW hours of sunlight each day. For the past few decades, there has been a steady increase in respiratory diseases as the air quality gets worse and worse. The industrial revolution transforming the world’s most populous country is also destroying its environment and its people. China harbours 16 of the twenty most contaminated places on earth, according to a World Bank Survey, Linfen tops the list.

Here in Linfen, breathing air is equivalent to smoking three packs of cigarettes each day. Approximately 3 million people are dying of pneumonia, bronchitis, lead poisoning and cancer. In an attempt to minimize these effects, children, men and women are wearing masks to protect themselves. According to Mother Nature Network, if one puts laundry out to dry, it will turn black before finishing drying.

The pace of energy development in China is breathtaking. No other large country has ever built an economy at this speed. However, despite the growing importance of climate change and its effects, most people in China are either unaware of or uninterested in climate change. The pollution in Linfen china is growing in tandem with the economy.

In respect to this, two words come to mind, GREEN CONSUMERISM. We should all purchase goods and products that promote human dignity, environmental conservation and sustainable development. Goods whose production processes in-cooperate environmental friendly strategies, and which have taken into consideration environmental friendly methods of product disposal. What do you think?


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