Target: Xie Xuren, Chinese Minister of Finance
Goal: Applaud China for beginning to implement pro-environment taxes
A senior official in the Chinese Ministry of Finance announced recently that China will introduce new taxes designed to preserve the environment. This will include a carbon tax and higher coal taxes, among others. China’s extreme levels of pollution are a threat to the health of the Chinese people, as well as the rest of the world, and this move is a necessary first step towards a safer China and a safer planet.
In Chinese cities today, only 1% of citizens breathe air considered safe to inhale by the European Union’s standards. This is due to the toxic cloud of pollution that covers most urban areas. In 2005, Chinese environmental experts issued a report estimating that premature deaths due to outdoor air pollution were likely to reach 380,000 per year in 2010 and 550,000 per year in 2020.
China is one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gasses, and the taxes proposed will lower its output. The government has pledged to reduce their carbon emissions 40% by the year 2020. The taxes being implemented to accomplish this are varied. There will be a tax levied on carbon dioxide emissions, as well as on coal. A resource tax is being considered on water, and the government is also looking into taxing energy-intensive products, like batteries, and luxury goods, like private aircrafts.
By signing this petition you are thanking China for this first step towards a greener future.
Dear Chinese Minister of Xie Xuren,
I am writing you this letter today to thank you, and the People’s Republic of China as a whole, for pledging to implement taxes to lessen your environmental impact. This is an important step not only for the health of your people, but the health of the world.
These taxes will lower your country’s greenhouse gas emission levels down considerably, which is important because China is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gasses in the world. Thank you again for this commitment, and I am anxious to see your success.
[Your Name Here]
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