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The Environmental Issues

by BlossomParker 3 months ago in Climate
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I was born in the city of Beijing. When I was a child, I climbed to the top of the tall building in the courtyard - this building was in Xidan - and looked around and often saw the Buddhist incense pavilion in the Summer Palace. Xidan is at least 20 miles away from the Summer Palace. A few years ago, I lived in Beijing University Changchunyuan, only a few miles away from the Summer Palace, from the window to see the Buddha Xiang Pavilion, eight times out of ten times can not see. The air in Beijing is always misty, a bit misty, and a bit choking, not so when I was a child. I've grown up and become an axle man - that is, a man with a shirt collar like an axle. When I lived in Beijing, I had to change my shirt almost every day, and when I was abroad, I could wear a shirt for days. There are many cities in the world that are known for their pollution: Milan, Los Angeles, London, etc. I have been to all of them, with the exception of Mexico City. As far as I can see, the situation in Beijing is bad among these cities as well.

But I am confident that Beijing's environment will improve. This is because a modern metropolis has the ability to improve its environment very quickly, and Beijing is the capital city, so it will naturally improve first. If you don't believe me, if you go to the big cities in Europe and America, you will see that some old stone houses are as black as the inside of a tile kiln, while the new ones are as white as snow. Find a local people to ask, they will say: the old house of black is soot smoke. Now there is no soot, the stone walls will not become black. I studied in Pittsburgh, the steel city of the United States, which is known for its pollution. According to locals, about thirty years ago, when locals went out to visit friends, they had to wear a shirt and bring a liner. The one they wore got dirty on the way, and when they arrived at a friend's house they would change the one they brought. Now here's the thing: the air there is clean. Modern big cities have the means to solve environmental problems: the financial resources and the technology to do so. When the time comes that it has to be solved, it will be solved naturally. Until that day comes, we can wear windshields and masks to solve the problem of bad air.

Where I live now is in a combination of urban and rural areas, not far from the door, it is not under the control of the office, but the ground of the township government. Below my house is a farmers' market, all day long there are thumping things coming and going: hand tractors, small four-wheelers, farm cars and so on. These vehicles have one thing in common: they are all equipped with roaring, black smoke rolling diesel engines. Because there are such machines, I think the environmental problems are more serious in the suburbs of cities and small towns. People always say that the noise in the city is serious, but if you go to the suburbs to sit by the road for a day, you will probably come back half deaf. Most of the county town gates are also noisy as hell, and when you go for a stroll there, your nostrils will be black when you return. It is reported that the output value of agricultural vehicles in China exceeds that of Zhengzhuang cars. Called agricultural vehicles, in fact, they net to the city and the suburbs. Such places are densely populated, and the city center is not much different. People here have both nose and ears, so when building this kind of car, the process should be more careful, to take into account the environmental factors to be good, otherwise it will not last a few years.

In this regard, I have an example: in 1974, I was in Yantai, Shandong Province, to see the ancestor of the current agricultural vehicles: it is a large car converted, the car already has two wheels, in the carriage part of a turntable, installed on the diesel engine for pumping water and grinding, the third wheel installed below, driven by a v-belt, the driver sits on the yoke, turn to push the turntable, even the diesel engine with the wheel underneath a piece of turn. I do not know what its official name is, only know that its nickname is called "death", because when turning a sharp corner, it will turn its head, the driver thrown off the car, and then the head in the back, buttocks in front, all the way to the past, at this time with a pistol, submachine guns to fight can not let it stop, take a bazooka to hit it and too late, so called It would rather die than give in. Of course, in the end, it is most likely to rush into the roadside stores, hit the counter and do not move. But the diesel engine is still shamelessly roaring. Later, it was firmly banned by government departments. Unsafe is only one of the reasons, the main reason is: its impact on the environment is devastating. The thing was so noisy that it was unforgivable. Running on the Yantai Erma, people on both sides are going to have heart attacks. The development of agricultural vehicles should also be a lesson in preferring death to death.

When it comes to environmental problems, many people think that this is caused by the recent machine civilization, in fact, it is not true. In the end, the environmental problem is a human problem. Soot, diesel engines are bad, but also people are willing to put up with it. When they are unwilling to put up with it, they will naturally come up with a solution. Old Beijing is a consumer city, although there are no machines and the environment is not good: three feet of dirt on a sunny day and a street of mud on a rainy day. I read in books that the bottom of all the dead-end hutongs and the bottom of the walls in old Beijing were all nests of urine, where passers-by peed. As time passed, white crystals grew on the other side of the walls, which were composed of ammonium nitrate and could be processed to make firecrackers. Some mothers also use this stuff as salt to stew meat, saying that the nitrate to stew meat can stew - but this meat I refuse to eat. Some people say that drinking urine can cure all diseases, but I do not have this hobby. I would rather get some disease. Unfortunately, these sloppy and damp houses have to live in, probably not comfortable. When it's not raining, and you hear the constant clattering outside your own walls, you won't be in a good mood. In an article by Mr. Fei Xiaotong about "poor order pattern", he talked about the Jiangnan city in the 1920s and 1930s, which was full of garbage floating in the river, and this environment could not be said to be good. Not far from where I live, there is a small messy hutong, which is a gathering area for foreigners. Sometimes when I pass by there, there is garbage everywhere. Sewage flows everywhere and flies fly everywhere. The grates of the drainage outlet were covered with feces - not a world at all. There is a large group of people living together, and they just trash without cleaning up, so it becomes like this - such environmental problems have a long history, and I have never heard anyone say anything about it.

As far as I can see, all environmental problems are formed in this way: industry does not cause environmental problems, agriculture does not cause environmental problems, environmental problems are caused by people. The environmental problems are caused by people. The environmental problems cannot be solved by intellectuals' pitying wails, nor can they be solved by holding conferences, marches, or general mobilization. Just know one thing to solve the environmental problem: people can't just spoil without cleaning up. It is good to clean up the environment and live like a decent person in it.


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