Anthony Marr's open letter to China :
Although I am a Canadian by nationality and western by career, I am
Chinese by birth and upbringing, and what happens in China , and to China ,
is important to me. Thus, I always feel a sense of pride whenever China
excels, such as in being the birth place and home of the world's best
martial arts, and her brilliant hosting of and performances in the 2008
Olympics. Conversely, I always feel a sense of shame whenever China appalls
the world with her human and animal abuses.
Case in point here is my previous pride in China's recent open
championing of the all-electric vehicle, and my disappointment in her
withdrawal from it under economic influences (see the article below), in
this our new era where Ecology must be given priority over Economy.
This retro move on China 's part will worsen climate change and spur
global warming. These have devastating global consequences - sea-level-rise,
unbearable heat, and prolonged drought in many "bread baskets" and
rainforests of the world. In terms of sea-level rise, the world will lose an
enormous amount of highly populated and agriculturally productive land,
including the U.S. east and south, northern Europe and the Amazon Basin .
Where China is concerned, the historic Jung Yuan (Central Plain) will be
by and large submerged, including 10 of the most populous, fertile and
productive provinces (Liaoning, Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu, Anhui, Jiangxi,
Hubei, Hunan, Henan and Shanxi), and 20 of the greatest cities (Beijing,
Shenyang, Tianjin, Dalian, Hohhot, Shijiaziang, Shanghai, Taiyuan, Jinan,
Zhengzhou, Yantai, Qingdao, Lianyungang, Nanjing, Hetei, Wuhan, Hangzhou,
Nanchang, Changsha and Hong Kong).
This will wipe out also the entire historic and agricultural China ,
leaving just the high desert to the north, the badlands to the far west, and
the mountains to the near west and south. Not just millions but over a
billion Chinese people will have to be relocated, but to where? This will
make the Three Gorges Dam displacements look like a mere practice exercise.
China has a continuous history in the Central Plains for 4,500 years. The
Central Plain is China . But partly due to what the Chinese have elected to
do in 2009, China will soon lose herself to the sea, and the rest to heat
and drought, while the United States and, say, India, will remain
geographically largely intact. Is the current Chinese leadership willing to
take this responsibility of China 's not-too-distant self-destruction?
The Chinese is admired for defining "crisis" as a "dangerous
opportunity". I hope that China will use this dangerous crisis as an
opportunity to lead the world from the edge of the abyss.
Anthony Marr, founder and president
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
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