China’s Air Pollution

Jenni Quach | Blog 14

Heavy Smog Hits East China

LIANYUNGANG, CHINA – DECEMBER 08: (CHINA OUT) Buildings are shrouded in smog on December 8, 2013 in Lianyungang, China. Heavy smog has been lingering in northern and eastern parts of China since last week, disturbing the traffic, worsening air pollution and forcing the closure of schools. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)

The Lorax is a movie that takes place in the fictional town of Thneedville. Though the town seems colourful and happy, it is just a facade to the pollution that takes place outside of Thneedville. The Mayor, Mr. O’Hare, prevents the citizens from knowing about the pollution and the ravaged nature outside their man made walls. By doing so, he makes a fortune off of his citizens by selling them fresh air.

Though it is not entirely the same, The Lorax is similar to the pollution in China. In 2015, a Canadian company began to sell fresh air canisters, known as Vitality Air, to China as a result of the high levels of pollution (Hunt). Surprisingly, the canisters sold out which should show society that pollution is a serious problem in China and it needs to be addressed.


One solution to China’s pollution originates from Andy Xie. He writes that coal is the number one reason for pollution in China and it can be solved by making a switch to natural gas (Xie). So why is China still using coal when they can switch to a less detrimental energy source? First, Xie claims that natural gas is still an expensive item in China—individuals could not afford it.

Even so, China should move past natural gas and implement more sustainable methods into retrieving energy without the use of coal. For example, there are photovoltaics, wind mills, hydroelectricity, and more. China also has the capability to research on countries that practice sustainable materials and attempt to recreate their model on a larger scale. By doing so, their pollution will decrease and the environment will become livable again.


Hunt, Katie. “Canadian Start-up Sells Bottled Air to China.” CNN. Cable News Network, 16 Dec. 2015. Web. 08 Dec. 2016. <;.

Xie, Andy. “Solutions to China’s Pollution Exist, but Where’s the Political Will to Implement Them?” South China Morning Post. N.p., 22 Jan. 2016. Web. 08 Dec. 2016. <;.

Photo Source:

Vitality Air. Digital image. N.p., 17 Dec. 2015. Web. 8 Dec. 2016. <;.


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