Going green can have different interpretations for different people. However, the ultimate measure of success or failure in this endeavor is often determined by one key factor – carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Despite the widespread discussions on solar panels, electric vehicles, and ESG scores, the most effective way to combat the rising CO2 emissions remains largely overlooked.
It is a matter of great concern that the simplest solution to this issue is hardly ever talked about. The solution is straightforward – we need to reduce our carbon footprint.
Rising Concerns: China’s Skyrocketing CO2 Emissions
To better understand the issue, we must first focus on China. Since becoming a member of the World Trade Organization in 2001, China’s CO2 emissions have surged from 4 billion tons to almost 12 billion tons, a worrying trend. In contrast, the US has managed to decrease its CO2 emissions to 5 billion tons over the same period.
It’s true that China has grown rapidly over the years, but its carbon footprint has grown at an alarming rate as well. One of the primary sources of CO2 emissions is manufacturing, and China remains the global manufacturing hub. It’s reasonable to assume that as China’s production capacity increases, so do its CO2 emissions.
However, the scale of the increase is staggering. It’s difficult to ignore the reality that China is not an environmentally friendly place for manufacturing. Unlike the US, China does not have abundant natural resources, and it’s likely not employing modern technology in the same way. It’s also doubtful whether China is adhering to acceptable environmental standards during its production processes.