The Chinese Strive to Clean Up Their Act

How big is your footprint?

How big is your footprint?

It was a couple of decades ago that global climate change became a major topic, glowing red with heat as soon as it entered the area. With political and economic undertones playing a hand in whatever argument supports it’s representative’s own convenience bias, if climate change was believed by many to be nothing short of a myth, and by many others, a serious threat. Today, it can be said with certainty that global climate change is indeed a force at work in our ecosystem, yet detractors and apathetic still remain. Easily stereotyped and oblivious to reality, those who shove environmental efforts by the wayside typically make one of three arguments to support their assertions.

The primary argument of course is that climate change doesn’t exist. A pretty convenient argument, but not one that’s grounded in proof, and quite the contrary, one that’s trumped by contradicting evidence. All the same, plenty of powerful people continue to subscribe to this belief.

The plan B for environmental apathetics is an exaggerated concern for the economy. Although sound economic theory would argue that the market will adapt to the consumers need in any situation, arguments fraught with scare tactics continue to pervade discussion surrounding global climate change and what we should do about it.

The beauty is nothing is irreversible...yet! We can still turn our world around!

The beauty is nothing is irreversible…yet! We can still turn our world around!

The final line of defense is the argument that there’s no point in making such an effort if other contributors to global warming, namely China, don’t take action themselves. A valid argument, and a textbook example of the bystander effect.

But finally, China has announced it’s intentions to reduce carbon emissions. The language is vague, and China’s proposals don’t suggest enough of a reduction to make the difference environmentalists would hope for. On top, China has it’s own detractors of global climate change, and face imminent heat from a sizable portion of the population. But all others things aside, we can finally invalidate the third argument of apathetics here at home, because finally, the largest contributor to global warming is making efforts to clean up their act.

from Danny Yehia


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