China's economy is growing at breakneck pace, and according to a report on the country by Greenpeace, is threatening not only a national, but a global ecological disaster. Greenpeace report only confirm what Enviroman has feared all along.
It does not need much intelligence to be able to visualise the environmental horror that will ensure if every Chinese enjoy a living standard comparable to the Americans. If China consumes oil at the same rate as the US, they will be consuming 99 million barrels a day while the whole world is currently producing only 84 million barrels a day. If it consume paper at the same rate, it will consume twice as much paper as the whole world is producing. Same car ownership rate will mean a fleet of 1.1 billion cars compared with the world current fleet of 800 million. The world will soon run up against the limits of earth's natural resources, if we are not already there yet.
China is only trying to achieve what the West is already enjoying now, and has been for decades. So what do we tell the Chinese (and also the rest of the world)? Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute in Washington has put it very well. He said: "we're going to have to develop a new economic model. Instead of a fossil-fuel based, automobile-centred, throw-away economy we will have to have a renewable-energy based, diversified transport system, and comprehensive reuse and recycle economies. If we want civilisation to survive, we will have to have that. Otherwise civilisation will collapse"
Enviroman asks: "Will the world listen?"
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