Target: Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection
Goal: Urge China to increase the requirements and enforcement of environmental regulations
Two-hundred twenty-thousand pounds of dead fish were recently collected from the famous Fuhe river in the Hubei province in China. Locals of the Huanghualao village spotted the thousands of dead fish caking the top of the river, and notified the Hubei Province Environmental Department. The environmental officials concluded after testing a nearby chemical plant’s drainage outlet that the levels of ammonia being released into the river were staggeringly high, exceeding the national requirement.
The Huanghualao village has an estimated population of 1,600, and the primary source of revenue for the village is fishing. At the rapid rate China’s industries keep growing, environmental concerns are the last thing anyone is thinking about. As a result of China’s industries lack of attention to the environmental standards already in place, as well as the lack of enforcement for those regulations, China’s pollution problem is getting out of hand. Due to similar reported cases of toxic rivers and farmers dumping animal carcasses directly into water sources, the quality of drinking water for thousands of villages have become a huge concern.
By signing the petition below you will help urge the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection to institute more environmental regulations for the country’s expansive industrial systems, and a larger environmental protection agency to perform more frequent inspections. The air, soil, and water quality in China is at stake. Until more regulations and enforcement of those regulations are in place, water shortages and an increasing amount of air and water pollutants will continue to develop due to China’s large coal and chemical industries.
Dear Mr. Zhou Shengxian,
I am writing to you today in regards to the recent incident in the Fuhe river. 100,000 kilograms of dead fish have been collected in due to the excess of ammonia dumped into the river. Thousands of villagers rely on the Fuhe river for survival, as well as to make a living.
Fortunately, the company supposedly responsible for the incident, the Hubei Shuanghuan Science and Technology Stock Co., has been shut down until the clean-up and cause of excess ammonia is determined. However, I am also writing to you today to urge you to increase the consistency of environmental regulation inspections for all of China’s industries, in order to prevent another similar incident from occurring.
[Your Name Here]
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