Once upon a time, the magic kingdom tried to move into the lands of Virginia. The conventional arguments of satisfactory employment and money were being presented to the town folk. The town folk knew better and said, “be gone with the magic kingdom! We have our own money and capabilities to sustain us!” Then the magic kingdom opened up in Germany. This was many years ago, maybe ten or fifteen years ago, when the residents of a county in Virginia were looked upon as crazy. Who would not want Walt Disney’s vision of a play ground in their backyard? Apparently, those who recognize the consequences of environmental destruction and individual livelihoods.
Recently, China has accepted the entry of the magic kingdom, into their kingdom. The development or growth, for China, is terrific and surely beneficial for them; however, the cost of relocating many lives should be reviewed. Mounting evidence of environmental destruction and disrupted individual livelihoods, come through over and over again in reports for this powerful nation. The nation, as a whole, has the capabilities (if the financial numbers are correct) to rise above the materialistic impressions of the last sixty years. Preservation and quality of life by having sustainable farmlands “close to the cities” could provide the country with enough power for further improving upon suitable growth.
Why address China in such a manner? Why point out what they already know? Here in the West (as it has been documented) eventually, there is no more land. Documentation shows that the majority of indigenous trees have been cut down, the mountains have been blown up for coal and all of the streams of fresh water contain pollutants. The issues in some cases are beyond repair and other issues have no active support from society to demand what could be repaired. The sustainability factors have been erased from the mind of the population, thus, replaced with instant gratifications, of course with unusually few exceptions. China has the capabilities of not making the errors of the West should she choose the people over industry.
This is merely an observation from a lone voice in the West.