Wednesday, May 9, 2007
It's Hard for Beijing to be Green
Today the Organizing Committee for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games (BOCOG) announced its 15-point plan to make the city more environmentally friendly in time for the big event next summer.
And it's an ambitious plan -- recycling 50 per cent of waste water and using it for irrigation; recycling petroleum products; wind power; water and sewage treatment plants; phasing out old vehicles off the road.... the list goes on and on.
The officials also announced their green light bulb project will expand to include more public areas, like hospitals and schools. And an exhibition on conserving energy drew some 17,000 visitors. What is the population of Beijing? 10.8 million. Doesn't seem like everyone got the message.
And recycling? I haven't seen any recycling bins anywhere or any kind of propaganda telling people to sort their garbage and save the environment.
There were other grandiose plans like controlling dust pollution! And in typical Chinese official style, there were no concrete action plans or time lines released.
Somehow I doubt Beijing will be holding a green Games next year. More like grainy mustard to me.