Pretending that China isn’t the cause of most of the world’s climate and environmental issues hurts the planet. More and more climate activists tend to point to the American public, lecturing them on climate change and environmental practices, while somehow, shockingly, few of these activists, celebrities and politicians ever mention China’s role.
Sometimes, like in the recent case of John Cena’s apology video to the Chinese Communist Party (in fluent mandarin, might we point out), we actually observe public figures bowing down to China instead of pointing out their flaws.
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We’ll clue you in on just how big these issues are using data from official sources.
The United States produces a nearly equal amount of CO2 as the EU-27 and the rest of Europe combined.
China and the rest of Asia produce the bull share of the world’s CO2 and plastic ocean waste
The EPA’s emissions by country data for 2014 indicated that 30% of CO2 emissions came from China. That was seven years ago, nearly a decade at the time of this article’s publishing.
ourworldindata.org provided a visualization of emission data through 2019, clearly identifying China and other parts of Asia as the largest contributor to CO2 emissions globally.
To their credit, even Greta Thunberg and CNN pointed out these same data points as well in May of 2021. [reported by Business Insider]
With China being the biggest producer of plastic products, they also account for the vast majority of the world’s plastic waste. Most of this waste gets dumped into the ocean, which is quickly creating a huge threat to our ocean’s food supply. [reported by Reuters]
As western media and personalities maintain a soft stance on China, almost openly afraid to accuse it of anything, we face the danger that comes with never calling them out.