Participating in Environmental Issues

Chinese should get involved more in environmental issues

Chinese should get involved more in environmental issues

Activists in China has been longing for participation over the decision making in various political agenda in the state. They long to contribute into trying to resolve the common social problems being experienced by different Chinese citizens. Such idea has been prominent in western countries, wherein the media serves as an avenue for people to construct their oppositional argument against the government projects. However such setup has been incompatible in the state action of China. This inhibits public input into state actions. This enabled activists within China to resort into engaging in insurgent discourses. Such action does not ensure people from getting to know your cause. It is sometimes seen as an assumption thus being easily disregarded by the public officials. China needs to have an acceptable mechanism for participation of activists in order for them to have a better grounding. However it is questionable whether or not the Chinese government would be willing into accepting such mechanism. There is a need for a balancing act of Chinese officials on giving free will but at the same time still having the control over the discourse.

Media could facilitate a better way of protesting for environmentalists

Media could facilitate a better way of protesting for environmentalists

One potential reason of China allowing political activists to have an avenue to express their dissent is the protection of the public. In the past few years, China has suffered from dangerous environmental damage due to the inability of the government to listen to various environmentalists. It caused a continuous problem over the environmental situation of China. Before, China is the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases and contains 20 of the 30 most air-polluted cities in the world due to the reliance on coal and worse delayed environmental protection. Another reason that could be the possibility of changing the way media cover environmental issues. It is necessary for media to give importance in such issue in order to make the public involve over the resolution of such problems.

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