Friday, November 20, 2009
The grim tale of pollution in China
A Chinese photographer, Lu Guang, has won the $30,000 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography for his documenting of the severe environmental pollution affecting China. A selection of his photographs has been published by China Hush: here's a small sample.
There are many more at the link. China Hush has also published a very interesting interview with Lu Guang. Recommended reading.
It's a sobering thought that in meeting our demand for cheap consumer goods, China has polluted itself so badly that many of her people are now facing critical health problems. We haven't just exported jobs overseas; we've exported the pollution that goes with mass production as well. Nations like China haven't had the years of experience and social action that we've had to put in place controls to prevent that pollution affecting their people.