“We Can’t Live Like This”:
Earth Day Wisdom of a 13-Year Old
One unbearably muggy, smoggy summer day several years ago, I met a young Chinese girl and her father on then brand-new magnetic levitation train that runs to the
Annie and her dad, a monolingual environmental engineer, drove home several lessons that are quite apt for today, Earth Day. First, it’s just plain wrong, as some like to assert, that the Chinese have no ecological conscience.
Second, these efforts by themselves are patently inadequate. The evidence of that is everywhere. From air and water unfit for human consumption to dry river beds across
Third, there is hope. There’s no lack of money in
But this problem is not only Chinese. All the big polluters – including the