Hi! My name is namisha, and im doing a project on china. We had to choose an issue, and make a brochure on it. we have to say what we can do to help the issue. I chose pollution (obviously). I live in australia, so would there be anything i can do to help china’s pollution problems? Please halp because i have searched alot on the net on what i can do but it always showed up as the actuall problem, not on how i can help the problem. I saw your site, but i con only do the things you said if i was in china to help. would there be anything i can do here in australia to help that lots of other children can do to?
Hello Namisha: Your project is a tricky one and I’m not surprised you’ve had problems with it. Obviously you could do something if you lived in China but what can you, an Australian, do?!
Well, something did occur to me. One of the main reasons that China has such a pollution problem is because rich countries buy so many consumer goods (like TVs, mobile phones, computers, kitchen gadgets and so on and on), most of which are made in China. In effect, the rich countries are ‘exporting’ their pollution to China. Let’s say it takes a ton of coal to make the energy needed to make a fridge, that coal is burned in China, polluting the air as it is burned. If that fridge had been made in Australia, the pollution would still happen but it wouldn’t be in China. The key to this is that people in general need to buy less stuff and this is how kids can help. If you and your friends and family buy fewer ‘consumables’, there will be less pollution. Look at how complicated everyone’s lives are these days: all the stuff you ‘need’; the fashions to be followed and so on. We penguins (and all other animals apart from humans) live very simple lives with no fashions, no advertising, no endless masses of things to buy. People need to simplify their lives and lighten up in their impact on China and the planet, don’t you think? You could play your part in this if you wanted to. What do you think?