This past week, The Guardian ran a rich series of China articles. I particularly liked this short interview with a Chinese farmer that says a lot about the country’s promise and problems. He holds the view that most Chinese do, according to polls — that his country can be the greatest in the world. He is grateful that starvation is no longer a major problem. However, he laments that his childhood ponds have all dried up and that he has to pay his wife’s medical bills with their paltry earnings.
In the category of “you’ve got to start somewhere,” it appears that China’s outright ban on plastic shopping bags, though routinely violated, is saving a lot of oil and money.
– Nina Hachigian