Stop Demolition of Mountains in Lanzhou, China

Target: Minister of Commerce for China

Goal: To convince the Chinese government to cancel plans to demolish mountains near Lanzhou.

There is a Chinese idiom which stems from a folk tale about a man who decides to move a pair of mountains blocking his home. Originally, the idea of “moving mountains” was merely intended to be figurative, with essentially the same meaning as “where there is a will there is a way.” This phrase is taking an unfortunate turn for the literal, however, as the Chinese government seeks to embark upon a massive mountain-moving project in the Lanzhou area.

This project, occurring roughly fifty miles from the city of Lanzhou, will involve 700 mountains and over 500 square miles of land. The project revolves around most of this mountainous land being entirely leveled so as to allow a new metropolis to be built. This project will be China’s fifth “state-level development zone” as well as its first within the country’s rapidly developing interior.

It is a project however which cannot occur without a monumental cost to the environment. Lanzhou is already environmentally compromised, having been declared by the World Health Organization as the city with the worst air pollution in all of China. The area is rife with desolate mountains that have been starved of water. This change would entirely destroy what precious little natural environment remains in the region. Beyond this, it would also severely increase pollution as well as further the water shortage already present throughout the area.

Because of this, the project to level Lanzhou’s nearby mountains cannot come to pass. Beyond the ecological devastation it also poses a health risk to existing residents as well as those brought in by the new development. There can be only one solution: stop this project before it destroys the Lanzhou region permanently.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ministry of Commerce,

Near Lanzhou in central China there is an impending project that looks to redefine the region on a massive scale. This project, occurring roughly fifty miles from the city of Lanzhou, will involve roughly 700 mountains and over 500 square miles of land. The mountains involved are to be bulldozed to the ground in a massive leveling that will alter the entire landscape of the region and create room for a planned new metropolis. This intended project would be China’s fifth “state-level development zone” as well as its first within the country’s rapidly developing interior.

It would also be a monumental mistake. Lanzhou already suffers from environmental degradation, having been declared by the World Health Organization as the city with the worst air pollution in all of China. The area is already starved of water, leaving the countryside bleak and desolate. To continue on with this project would entirely destroy what precious little natural environment remains in the region. Not only would it be environmentally destructive however, it would also put at risk those citizens currently living in the region, as well as any new residents who come to live in the new metropolis. All of these present and future residents would be burdened by the massive increase to pollution and even greater water shortage in the area.

All these can lead to only one conclusion: that the destruction of China’s countryside by virtue of demolishing mountains on such a massive scale would be a mistake. I urge you to cancel the mountain-leveling project near Lanzhou before it is too late.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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