Target: Chen Jining, Minister of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China
Goal: Applaud massive new wind turbine installations pushing China to the forefront of global wind power production.
New wind turbines installed recently have turned China into the world’s single largest producer of wind-based power. A report recently released by the Global Wind Energy Council suggests that over half of all wind turbines constructed last year were built in China. The country’s wind energy capabilities now make up over a quarter of global capacity at over 145,000 megawatts, compared to the world’s 432,000 megawatts. These turbines will generate enough energy to power 30,000 homes year round.
China’s sudden interest in clean energy is a direct result of its air pollution crisis. A thick, toxic smog hangs over many of the country’s major cities, causing respiratory diseases and lung cancer in citizens. The smog is caused mainly by emissions related to industrial production and the use of coal-burning ovens for residential heat. The pollution recently got so bad that schools were closed and all residents were advised to stay inside their homes.
The wind turbine installations are only one part of China’s comprehensive plan to improve its air quality. The country has built enough solar farms to generate 35 gigawatts of energy each year, and will continue to strive toward meeting aggressive solar energy goals. Beijing has moved to eliminate coal as a heat source, close down factories responsible for the most pollution, and take gas-guzzling cars off the road.
China’s efforts will not only benefit the health of its citizens, but the entire global environment. By improving air quality, millions of Chinese citizens will face a lower risk of the severe health issues related to pollution. Sign the petition below to praise China’s efforts to move to clean, sustainable energy.
Dear Minister Jining,
A recent report has placed China at the top of wind power production globally. Thanks to several new wind turbine installations, the country is now producing over a quarter of the world’s wind power. Massive solar farms have also been installed with the capability to generate 35 gigawatts of energy a year.
These moves toward clean energy will positively benefit the millions of Chinese citizens affected by excessive pollution. We, the undersigned, applaud your wind power milestone and urge you to keep working as a world leader in the journey toward clean, sustainable energy.
[Your Name Here]
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