Improve Flood Prevention in China

Target: Xi Jinping, President of China

Goal: Ensure Chinese authorities include flood prevention in infrastructure development priorities.

In recent years China has emerged as a global leader in addressing climate change. The government has been a strong supporter of the Paris Climate Agreement, committed to significant reductions in fossil fuel emissions and invested heavily in renewable energy. However, rapid urban development in low-lying coastal areas has not included adequate flood management infrastructure.

China experienced record rainfall in 2016, leading to 160 deaths, the destruction of over 73,000 homes and one million acres of farmland. A common sight in coastal cities such as Shenzhen is motorists easing their way down flooded streets, as effective drainage and sewer systems are largely absent. This is partly due to historical pressure on city planners to allocate resources towards glittering displays of modernization over public works projects.

The Chinese government has demonstrated renewed support for infrastructure development, committing the equivalent of $730 billion to projects ranging from a transcontinental super highway to expansion of the world’s largest high-speed rail system. Please sign the below petition calling on President Xi Jinping to prioritize flood mitigation infrastructure in future development planning.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Xi,

I am writing to urge you to increase investment in flood mitigation infrastructure projects. China experienced record rainfall in 2016 which destroyed 73,000 homes and over one million acres of farmland. As you are aware sea level rise attributable to climate change presents is likely to threaten low-lying coastal areas such as Shenzhen.

Under your leadership, China has become a global leader in the fight against climate change. Please continue this legacy by investing in the safety of future generations.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Chase Chesser

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