Just few days after the elevation of Xi Jinping as the undisputed leader of the Communist Party of China and the renewed Presidency, China has proven its commitment and gravitas towards fight against the phenomenon of climate change. With the rise of protectionism under the Donald Trump regime and anti-globalization fervor in almost entire Europe, China is gearing up to become the new leader of free world. As a testimony to that, President Xi endorsed globalization in his maiden speech at the World Economic Forum. The aim of world’s second largest economy is now to become the pioneer of climate change as US pulls out of the historic Paris Climate Agreement.
Chinese cities are undoubtedly a testimony of machine-to-machine revolution; however, they are also some of the worst polluted cities of the world. The government has created a massive purge of polluting factories thereby shutting down 40% of its factories in the latest crackdown. These factories were inspected by the environmental bureau and as consequently around 80,000 of them were fined or charged with criminal offences. Inspections have been done at unprecedented levels with officials moving from province to province strengthening their proactiveness towards environmental regulations.
The ultimate objective by 2035 is to downsize the concentration of particulate matter from 47 micrograms per cubic meter to 35 micrograms per cubic meter. This too at the cost of risk of potential decline in the manufacturing sector that has made China the biggest trading hub of the world. Several industrial bosses have claimed missed delivery dates and financial losses as a result of the new hunt. In fact, reportedly entire swathes of Eastern China have halted production and shifted their supply chains to India or Bangladesh, fearing criminal enforcement.
Environmentalists and citizens are celebrating alike as the scourge of pollution threatens the entire generation. Consumerism and globalization has brought pollution to alarming levels. China’s Environmental Protection minister Li Ganje has echoed the efforts of the government in saving the ecology with determination. Furthermore, China is gradually shifting towards electric cars, establishment of green finance zones, large-scale solar and wind farms, and slow termination of dependence on coal. Soon Beijing might see clearer skies and bluer rivers.
Article by Mausam