China’s Pollution Busters – China

Nov 2007 In the past six years, infant birth defects in China have increased by an unprecedented 40%. This rise is being blamed on pollution from factories. Now green campaigners are taking on the multinationals. “The untreated waste is pumped out secretly at night”, states activist Wu Deng Ming, pointing at a water outlet leading from a factory into a river. “People living along the river have enlarged livers”, claims one local. They suffer from: “loss of appetite or cancer and all sorts of terminal diseases”. Although strong laws governing pollution exist, these are regularly flouted. “Some local officials give protection to polluters”, claims Ma Jun. In an attempt to put pressure on polluters, campaigners are naming and shaming guilty companies online. “We let people know that this company, with such a popular brand, is violated waste water discharge standards”. There are also signs that central government is taking the problem more seriously. “The state is very serious about environmental problems”, states official Zhou Linbo. Some factories have been closed down. But strong resistance to change still exists. “Polluting factories hire hooligans to deal with people they believe will damage their reputation”, claims Wu Deng Ming. Other companies threaten to relocate to Vietnam or Indonesia where; “we can still discharge more of less freely”. Produced by SBS/Dateline Distributed by Journeyman Pictures

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Comments ( 24 )
  1. GetAtMeFOO
    December 7, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Agreed. Thus the reason why they’re called M-A-N-A-G-E-R-S

  2. IKNFLY666
    December 7, 2012 at 10:11 am

    The manage the plants with western money, western boss, thank you.

  3. A13x3PL3
    December 7, 2012 at 10:36 am

    This documentary has like 4 audio track running on top of each other & in one track there is a wierd discussion in eglish. Anyway its always good too see people care about polution.

  4. MeanNomNoms
    December 7, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Actually, that’s not true. They’re told what to do. If Chinese managers took many precautions from polluting the environment, that costs money. They can’t do anything that will affect the money flow. If they did that, apple products and many other chinese made products will rise in price.

  5. MeanNomNoms
    December 7, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Now Mainland China has better conscience on environment protection than the US, 1/4 of world clean energy equipments are used in Mainland China.

    Zhongshan even provides free bicycles (painted with green color) for using on downtown (used by IC card); but the US still uses big cars to pollute the world. The US is three times than Mainland China on per person green gas emission.

  6. jmar505
    December 7, 2012 at 11:36 am

    absolutely! its greedy companies from all over the world who have sweatshops in china. its so sad that this is allowed in china, or in any other country! we must start protesting heavily to get the message through, we dont want our companies in other countries destroying nature!

  7. mesopotamiancafe
    December 7, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    china is overpopulated

  8. Wu Jack
    December 7, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    those fucking bandits,threating the journalist,and the government won’t do a shit about it,actually the fucking local government have grant them the authorization to do so,they hire the gangsters to threat whoever try to take pictures of the factory and expose the bad things and illegals that they have done! see,where the fuck is the law? China has no law, the law is like a decoration and hallucination they use to fool the west! The whole fucking Communist party is like a big gangster group!

  9. Wu Jack
    December 7, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    in order to maintain the fucking GDP which the communist uses as a tool to justify its political regime and to try to transfer the people’s concentration on the poor living standard! i am sure the government won’t do a shit do shut down the plant.we all know about those fucking corrupted communist officials,they sent their children overseas,while those peasants in China suffer! fuck them!

  10. Wu Jack
    December 7, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    all the problems in China,if you dig deep enough,it always goes to the Fucking Chinese Communist Party,the biggest fucking dictatorship political party in the world,80 millions party members,and people have to pay tax to feed those fucking corrupted Communist Officials,fuck them,if the democracy comes,if there is freedom of press in China, if the communist step down,all of those issues will have solutions!

  11. termfocus
    December 7, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    haha good one…. China’s Pollution Busters

  12. KenseiTakesi
    December 7, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    why we rich people do this?! only poor peole die and suffer

  13. whyintelligence
    December 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    China always had their shit together until you shit came in with your weapons and invasions.

  14. stevebesc1
    December 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    We’re supposed to be impressed that Chinese culture is 5000 years old, as if getting old were some kind of accomplishment. Actually, it’s an embarrassment in China’s case, since they’ve had 5000 years to get their sh*t together and they’re still a mess.

  15. rickster348
    December 7, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I don’t care, that’s over there.

  16. leeo268
    December 7, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    The only reason that the Chinese gov are cracking down so hard on pollution in Hongshua River is because that river lead into Russia and the Russian are pretty piss about pollution flowing into their country.

  17. AndroidGZS
    December 7, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    the chinese government are made up of chinese people too. There are still a huge number of people in china who support the government (more of in a national pride way). many people who work in factories still support the government. The point is that who controls these corporations that run the factories, and people who rather send their factories and throw all of the pollution issues on china, creates china’s pollution. this includes american, western and chinese corporations.

  18. Everett345
    December 7, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    The chinese government, not the chinese people. They have essentially no regulatory policy to attract investors and encourage production and capital investment.

    The chinese government inflates their currency so that there is enormous demand for their products, and chinese people cannot afford anything for all their hard work. The good side of this is high capital investment to meet the artificial demand for their products that they create this way…

  19. AndroidGZS
    December 7, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    so you want the chinese to pay the price, when they are vigorously and painfully making your products after the large demand it gets?

  20. Everett345
    December 7, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Actually its the fault of chinese policy you moron. They did this to attract jobs and work. and now theyre paying the price.

  21. DomDollx
    December 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    thanks guys for this. I’m a sustainability studies student and this was a good insight. Really appreciate it & kudos to the activists. They’re real heroes esp. bc China is a place where a person is easily lost, an activist swiftly pushed aside w/o care. I don’t understand how these companies can be so dumb, they are making profits for a future that is not possible w/o a world to live in. I use my goods w/ discretion & try to dispose of my things in an ecofriendly way – i try in my way…kinda.

  22. nicotinelolipop
    December 7, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Watched this whilst on computer made in china… wait what?

  23. Kriegtime101
    December 7, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    The common Chinese worker needs to revolt and topple the Politoburo and its communist dictatorship. The health and the rights of the Chinese worker must be respected by the government!

  24. Yari van der Horst
    December 7, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    very good, informative video

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