These pictures are astounding, amazing and frightening

@dragon54u (31340)
United States
March 6, 2010 2:06pm CST
Take a look at these pictures from China and the horrible pollution there. http://www.chinahush.com/2009/10/21/amazing-pictures-pollution-in-china/ Yet one more reason to buy goods from your own country. The human suffering from this pollution is tragic and heartbreaking. I can't imagine living near such an environment. But will avoiding products made in China really contribute to cleaning up this mess? The whole world buys from this country, I can't imagine my buying my own country's products (and paying 3x as much!) could even make a dent in this problem.
13 responses
@MrKennedy (1996)
6 Mar 10
Those were some really horrible pictures there, I must admit. It is slightly depressing to see one of the world's biggest nations in such a miserable and damaged state, and really makes you wonder what the future holds for China.
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@dragon54u (31340)
• United States
6 Mar 10
I ache for those poor children who have been deformed by the effects of pollution, and for the people who have gotten cancer from it. We take a clean face for granted--in one of those pictures it mentions their faces and hands are always dirty. I feel blessed to live where I do but a bit guilty that I've contributed to those living conditions by buying those products.
@owlwings (38156)
• Cambridge, England
6 Mar 10
They are, indeed, stunning pictures (I can think of no better word to describe both the utter hell of the pollution and the incredible photography that portrays it so graphically). It is difficult, these days, to avoid buying something, at least part of which is made in China and sometimes there are no alternatives at any price to be had because it is no longer 'economic' for the West to produce them. Part of the answer is to put pressure on our shops, importers and on the people who use Chinese made parts in their computers, cars, trucks and white goods. We also need to put political and economic pressure on such countries (China is not the only one where pollution and cheap labour feed Western greed). Let us hope that the horror of these photographs can be brought to a wider audience!
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@dragon54u (31340)
• United States
6 Mar 10
That's why I posted them here, where a lot of people could see them. I've begun to buy American whenever I can but we have our own challenges--the unions coupled with corporations that have responsibilities to shareholders have priced a lot of American made goods out of my range. But I buy American when I can and if I ever buy another car-and if our car companies get their heads out of their own butts-I'll buy an American one.
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@coffeegurl (1470)
• United States
6 Mar 10
I looked at every horrid pic. Kinda like a train wreck. I was in the know that the top 10 polluted places on the globe are across India and China. I had only seen the smoke from factories and didn't know about the villages of soot covered migrant workers. Crazy crazy. I am getting a little better with my cold, but my eyes are all sensitive like I'm staring into the sun. That kind of itchy watery eye that sometimes comes with cold.
@dragon54u (31340)
• United States
6 Mar 10
And at least your eyes aren't in China!! Glad you're beginning to feel better, I think you may have passed something on to me, my throat is a bit sore. I wish we could make China clean itself up. That pollution doesn't stay there, it goes all over the place.
• United States
6 Mar 10
Very very true indeed. It travels into waterways. I wish they'd clean it up too. The corporations in China had a deranged business methodology, if you could call it that. They don't put these places out of business. They may fine them, but there are no serious trials the corporation goes to. I remember seeing a special on poisoned products that made it to Panama and killed this woman's husband. It was a product he ate. He got really sick and when the Chinese authorities were interviewed, they made it known that the product was an export and wasn't affected Chinese, so they didn't really feel responsible for it. But these pictures clearly show China doesn't really care about their own population either. I speak the language, but have absolutely no desire to set food on that hell hole.
• United States
6 Mar 10
PS-Hope you feel better. Stock up on good tissue just in case and chicken soup(of course I know you got a bunch O' food stashed away:))I felt aweful past two days. First had the sore throat, then it went away two days after, then the hole stuffing paper up your nose cuz it feels and looks like a faucet. And now I'm in the headache itchy eyes stuff nose stage. I hope I'm not contagious thru mylot:P
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@hofferp (4739)
• United States
7 Mar 10
I'm purposefully trying to buy less products from China. I pay more, but the quality is better. If China tried to clean up its environment, it's products wouldn't be so cheap. It would have to live under environmental regulations like the rest of us do.
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@dragon54u (31340)
• United States
7 Mar 10
I try not to buy from China. But it is nearly impossible if you want clothing, appliances or food! I'm particularly wary of seafood from that country, as I have heard that the growing conditions are disgusting. Yet, last year a person from China told me that those tales were false. I don't know what to believe anymore. I think buying from your own country is a good thing, regardless.
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
7 Mar 10
With all due respect to your friend from China, I stay away from all food products made in China. I like buying "Made in the USA". And I don't mind buying products made in Germany, Japan, etc.
@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
7 Mar 10
I guess that most of china products do not pass the thorough tests that European companies and other countries worldwide have to go through. Thus they have cheaper prices. I think that pollution in china must be taken in serious consideration. It's no use of having productivity and making a lot of money when pollution is killing a lot of people in this region
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@dragon54u (31340)
• United States
7 Mar 10
I think that they have so many people there that the loss of some are not important. Even Mao said that a few million people lost would not matter as they have so many. Of course, he was a monster with no regard for human life.
@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
7 Mar 10
for most westerns life is precious, life is sacred, that's why we tend to look at things from a different perspective.
@uautkarsh (414)
• India
13 Mar 10
What is it...! It pained me a lot to watch all this stuff... I cant believe all what i have seen...its just like the End of the World.. I wish i could help to saving it...
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@dragon54u (31340)
• United States
13 Mar 10
Only China can do something about it unless all nations band together and demand they fix it. They won't do that, though, I think everyone is afraid of China. The only hope is the people and I doubt they would go against their government.
@leateagee (3667)
• China
11 Mar 10
First of all THANK YOU for sharing this. These photos are amazing indeed. It should be a continues reminder to people not just in China to do something to save the earth. I am living now in China, though I am not near that place, it is true that it is polluted and over populated. This country is very big and they are polluted because they it is one of the developed countries and still developing. All I can say is that I may not be able to contribute finances or other help closer to these situations but I will try my best as a human being living on earth to keep it clean. Let's help each other!
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@dragon54u (31340)
• United States
12 Mar 10
If everyone shared your attitude we would have places like this clean in quick order. I have always thought China a beautiful country and these pictures broke my heart.
• Philippines
8 Mar 10
those are horrible and is frightening. how can they live in such places? i thought it only happens here in the Philippines where pollution is a huge problem (that's why we moved in a place outside the city.) but there are organizations here that reminds the government of these and other harmful practices of manufacturers/business establishments. in fact, a clean air act had been passed years back but the law has no arms. or should i say, the law is not implemented well. how can governments be unmindful of such situations?
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@dragon54u (31340)
• United States
8 Mar 10
Governments do as they please because the people do not hold them accountable. Here in the States, we have had enough and are finally putting our foot down and demanding that our government listen to what we want. It sounds as if you might have to do the same thing with regards to your pollution. Peaceful protests and electing people who will get things done, not just talk about it, will help your problem. Just remember, you can always tell if a politician is lying--his lips are moving.
@rajaiv0810 (1013)
• Philippines
7 Mar 10
I didn't even finish watching those photos. It was so disgusting and I really feel very bad about it. I feel bad because as a consumer it seems like we were left with no choice. Almost products in the market right now are made from China. Even well known brands of shoes, bags, toys are made from China. If not then the raw materials come from China. We couldn't possibly say that we will do our part by not buying stuff from China. Yes you may avoid cheap merchandise which are obviously made from there, but check out all your other stuff in your home and I bet 80-90% of those are made from China. Could you please tell me what brands are not possibly made from China or is there still one? Western companies would take advantage of the cheap labor and materials from there, and why not, coz in that way they can earn more regardless of the consequences. China would also make the most of the investment of these companies, and why not, their economy is moving so fast that they could overtake USA anytime. Can we still do something about this? Can we still change things?
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@dragon54u (31340)
• United States
7 Mar 10
They are hard to look at, I agree. I never get sick to my stomach but I came close when I saw these photos. It's almost impossible not to buy from China, they have permeated the market and kept their prices low so that the world depends on them. The only thing I can think of to do is "use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without", the slogan of the Great Depression. Buy good from your own country whenever possible. I am on a very tight budget and my country, America, has priced itself beyond most peoples' budgets due to union demands and regulations. So I don't buy much new stuff at all. I wish I could travel to China and line up its leaders and one by one, kick their butts and force them to live in those places in the photos.
• China
7 Mar 10
I have to say that,at least,the places where the products made are probably not polluted. and most chinese are living in a good environment. we all feel sorry for the people suffering from pollution,and the Chinese government have been paying attention to all kinds of global problems. Please learn more about China.
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@dragon54u (31340)
• United States
7 Mar 10
Welcome to myLot, Candy89! Can you tell us more about you opinion or share the knowledge? While I realize that these photos can be highly subjective, what I have learned about China and its oppressive government leads me to believe that these photos might be more true than we realize. It is such a secretive and closed nation that most of us don't know what to believe.
@machivado (529)
• Indonesia
7 Mar 10
I guess it can't be helped if the country's objective is to find as much profit as possible with low cost. The result will be that terrifying polution. Hopefully there will be changes in this year or else global warming will get worse.
@dragon54u (31340)
• United States
7 Mar 10
There is no global warming as you believe it to be. The planet goes through cycles of warming and cooling and we are in the midst of one of them. In my opinion, there is no excuse for this type of polluting.
• India
7 Mar 10
I too donot have the answer why they cannot buy their own goods,it will become cheap and increase our share market too,if any damage occur mean we can change it our self we must think to and we must produce our own product
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@dragon54u (31340)
• United States
7 Mar 10
In America, it has become too expensive to produce our own products--mainly due to unions and regulatory controls.
@Hatley (159307)
• Garden Grove, California
6 Mar 10
hi dragon54u I am so glad you showed us those pictures, they are incredible and so scary .those poor p eople, the malformed children, the people dying of cancer from these greedy manufacturers, is there any way to stop them from polluting the land and the water ways and sickeningthe children and parents and old folks too;tragic and heart breaking is right. Is there anything we as Americans in the US can do, is there anything anyone can do to stop this criminal spewing of toxic wastes over the Chinese country side and the water ways? Will our stopping buying Chinese good do any good in this horrible mess? So many questions and little to no answers.
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@dragon54u (31340)
• United States
6 Mar 10
What gets me is that with all the work we've done over the past two decades to clean up our country, the rest of the world still condemns us and calls us polluters and totally ignores China. That pollution is carried other places, too, by the tides and currents and winds.