Target: President Xi Jinping
Goal: Release all environmental reports on China for public viewing
With China declaring that one fifth of its farmland is contaminated and most of its ground water is polluted, environmentalists and Chinese citizens are demanding to know what else the government has kept under wraps. Information regarding soil contamination and water pollution has been kept classified until now. Demand that the Chinese government release all environmental reports so the public knows how much of their health is at risk.
Recently, a Chinese survey conducted from 2005 to 2014 was released to the public. Once considered a state classified secret, the public was appalled to hear that one fifth of China’s farmland is contaminated with heavy metals. If enough of these metals – like cadmium, nickel, and arsenic – were to accumulate in the body, it would cause cancer and kidney damage. Polluted water and misuse of fertilizer and pesticides have been attributed to the contamination. “Cancer villages” have been found by health advocates who say that cancer averages in these villages are higher than the national average.
Now the Chinese government announced that more than half of its ground water is polluted. Sixty percent of Chinese ground water is polluted, with water tested to be poor and very poor in different regions. Water quality improved in 647 spots on a year by year basis, but worsened in 754 spots. Only 3% of China’s urban water can be classified as clean, and purifying water can get expensive. Most urban Chinese dwellers have to buy bottled water, and if they do use tap water they have to boil it.
The Chinese public and the rest of the world needs to know what other environmental hazards there are in the country. The health of Chinese people and the planet depends on this information. Releasing this information will also push reformation to ensure a clean and environmentally friendly nation.
Dear President Xi Jinping,
Recently, your country released information regarding soil contamination and water pollution. It saddens and angers me that this information was kept from the public for so long. The consequences of soil contamination can already be seen in the cancer villagers of your nation, and the public knows that Chinese water is unclean. Now they know the extent of the problem, but it could be too late.
Your people deserve to know everything that is happening environmentally in their nation. Their health and well being depends on this information, and the government shouldn’t be keeping it to themselves. I am writing to demand that you release all environmental reports to the public. No matter how old or new these reports are, the public should know what is happening to their land.
[Your Name Here]
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