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Get Prepared for Three Battles While Declaring War against Pollution
2014-03-31
Article type: Translated

Zhou Shengxian

The position of ecological environment continues to rise in the composition of well-being index among the people. To implement the principle of the party and stick to the mass line of the party requires us to strengthen pollution control, improve environmental quality and earn public trust with solid results.

This year’s work report of the government states that we will declare war against pollution as what we did to poverty.

To resolutely declare war against pollution is an inevitable choice if we are to overcome the environmental problems in China. For some time, China’s socioeconomic development is achieved at excessive cost of resources and environment. In 2013, among the water sections of national monitoring program in the seven major river basins, water with water quality inferior to Grade V water quality standard accounted for 10.8% of the total. Among the 74 cities carrying out air quality monitoring according to the new standard on ambient air quality, the average concentration of PM2.5 stood at 72μg /m3, 1.1 fold of the Grade II air quality standard (35μg /m3) and only three cities including Lhasa, Haikou and Zhoushan met the standard. The overall soil environment quality has deteriorated and contaminated farmland posed a threat to the safety of farm produce. To solve all these problems we must make redoubled effort in pollution control and enhance investment and strengthen policies.

To resolutely declare war against pollution is the urgent need to promote the building of ecological civilization. The 18th National Congress of the CPC has incorporated the building of ecological civilization into the five-in-one overall arrangement of socialist cause with Chinese characteristics and the third plenum of the 18th CPC also made specific arrangement on accelerating the establishment of systems for building ecological civilization. Without a sound ecological environment, it will be futile to talk about the building of a moderately prosperous society in an all-round way, a beautiful China with ecological progress and achieving rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. Pollution control is helpful to create reversed transmission mechanism that prompts transformation of development pattern and industrial restructure, facilitates industrial upgrade and going green and promotes green development, circular economy and low carbon development.  

To resolutely declare war against pollution is the internal demand for improving people’s quality of life. A sound environment is the fairest public good and the most universal well-being. As the living standard continues to rise, the position of environmental quality also rises constantly in the composition of well-being index. Currently, pollution from haze, heavy metal, chemicals and POPs has become increasingly serious and mass accidents caused by pollution take place from time to time. We must take earnest measures to strengthen pollution control and continue to improve environmental quality so as to earn people’s trust with substantial results, which is also a must to implement the party’s principle and stick to the party’s mass line.

To resolutely declare war against pollution is a forceful demonstration of China’s image as a big and responsible country. China’s CO2 emissions rank high in the world. The international community, especially developed countries, demands more responsibilities for the environment of us. Some developed countries have not only benefited from China’s exports and environmental deficit, but also played up China’s environmental pollution to defame China. China supports one fifth the world’s population with only 9% of the farmland and has become one of the earliest countries to meet the target of UN MDG to halve its people in poverty. We are able to solve environmental problems as what we did to address poverty. 

The main direction of fighting a tough war against pollution is to get prepared for the three battles against air, water and soil pollution. We will strictly control pollution from sources and manage it in the whole process and any actions leading to consequences will be punished severely. We will strengthen pollution control with an iron fist and rigorous regulations, enforce the action plan on prevention and control of air pollution and formulate clean water action plan and soil pollution control action plan in a bid to solve prominent environmental problems harming public health and gradually improve environmental quality.

All the staff of the national environmental system are the main force of the war against pollution. We must fight each battle with tough spirit and show the people the resolution of the government so they will raise their hope for the settlement of environmental problems.

(This English version is for your reference only.In case any discrepancy exists between the Chinese and English context, the Chinese version shall prevail.)
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