The ‘Great’ Projects That Are Destroying Our Next Generations

Pollution of the groundwater, rivers, and countryside in China is having profound and catastrophic effects. (Image: paoshouji.com)
Pollution of the groundwater, rivers, and countryside in China is having profound and catastrophic effects. (Image: paoshouji.com)

As an old Chinese saying goes: “There are three ways to be unfilial, and the worst is to have no descendants.” A curse can’t be more vicious than wishing someone to be the last of his family line.

However, many projects in China today are actually destroying Chinese people and their next generations.

From the Weibo posts of @Environmentalist Dong Liangjie and @Deng Fei, I learned that many enterprises in Shandong Province, Henan Province, and many other places in China have discharged industrial wastewater into the ground over the past 10-20 years. And what’s even worse is that the wastewater contains a variety of heavy metals that are powerful carcinogens. To discharge industrial wastewater into the underground easily, besides digging underground sewage wells, they also directly release industrial waste to water-eroded underground caves. Such discharges led to the Longjiang River in Guangxi Province being seriously polluted with cadmium.

The surface water in the north of the Yangtze River has dried up. All of the residents in urban areas and villages are using groundwater. Many netizens from Shandong, Henan, Jiangsu, and other provinces have told Deng Fei and Dong Liangjie that even in small villages with dozens of households, it’s quite common to find a dozen or even dozens of villagers suffering from cancer, and many babies are born deformed.

Water pollution in rivers across China. (Image: Weibo)

Water pollution in rivers across China. (Image: Weibo)

@He Bing: Many factories, big and small, in the Heze area don’t have normal sewage treatment facilities. They have discharged wastewater into the ground for over a decade. In my hometown, there’s no running water yet, so we have always drunk groundwater. The water has had a bitter taste since several years ago. Please help us out!

@Jiang Rongsheng in Beijing: When working in an investment consulting company, I dealt with many local government officials. As we spoke of sewage treatment issues in dyeing industries, Weifang government officials said: Discharge it into the ground!

@My Father Died of Leukemia: My hometown is Xintai City, Shandong Province. In my neighborhood, there are several chemical plants that discharge sewage into the rivers directly.You will hear of someone who died from cancer every 100 meters you walk in the village. My father died of leukemia as well…

@Older Pseudo-rock Youth: Since the Spring and Autumn Period, my hometown used to be famous for agriculture, as it has fertile soil and abundant water. But nowadays, barreled water is distributed by village chiefs, cancer patients are everywhere. Polluting the soil is subject to retribution by Heaven.

Weibo posts from netizens in Jiangsu and Hebei provinces:

@A Young Artist on the Way: Dear Mr. Deng. I think you are too naïve. Hebei Desheng Chemicals Co, Ltd. is a factory that specializes in manufacturing cyanide. It has directly polluted dozens of surrounding villages. You should come over to take a look. I posted this at the risk of losing my life.

A Letter from a Student in Jiangsu Province: Dear Mr. Deng Fei. My hometown is situated at the juncture of Feng City and Pei Cityin Xuzhou City. My dad, and many others living in the village, have died from cancer in their 40s.  Please conduct a survey on the high incidence of cancer in this area. The government is no longer reliable now. Thank you so much. Wang Hao.

The Guan Ji river in Hongze County, Jiangsu Province. (Image: Weibo)

The Guanji River in Hongze County, Jiangsu Province. (Image: Weibo)

These Weibo posts make us feel doomsday is imminent. However, it’s our countrymen who make it so. Entrepreneurs in Shandong, Hebei, Jiangsu, and Henan provinces and other places know that local residents rely on groundwater for their livelihoods. But they emit carcinogenic sewage into the ground regardless of their consciences. They are committing murder out of greed. Why are local governments still blind?

Unscrupulous factories in Shandong Province’s Weifang City discharge industrial sewage into ground. (Image: Weibo)

Unscrupulous factories in Shandong Province’s Weifang City discharge industrial sewage directly into the ground. (Image: Weibo)

Government officials have colluded with entrepreneurs! Not a single entrepreneur has been sentenced or fined for discharging wastewater into the ground. Those who have poisoned the entire nation are in fact the so-called “elite.”

Irrigating rice fields with industrial waste in Eastern China. (Image: Weobo)

Irrigating rice fields with industrial wastewater in Eastern China. (Image: Weobo)

The situations in the Yangtze River Delta, the Pearl River Delta, and the Bohai Sea Region are all the same. If the government doesn’t take drastic measures to reverse this suicidal economic development approach as soon as possible, the air will be suffocating, the water will be undrinkable, and crops will be inedible in China in the not too distant future…

In the past, when urban areas were polluted, people would consider moving to the country. But now, the countryside is polluted even more seriously. It just reminds me of the American movie Nowhere to Hide. Given these, how can our future generations survive? Alas!

The south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River today. (Image: Weibo)

The lower reaches of the Yangtze River today. (Image: Weibo)

 

Translation by Billy Shyu, Chinese edited by Aizhu Lu from Wechat, research by Mona

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