Manmeet Poonam Sandhu Reacts to China's Growing Green Movement

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The green movement is growing within China, as evidenced by demonstrations against environmentally dangerous construction. Manmeet Poonam Sandhu, an environmental ally, believes that these protests indicate that China's population is becoming more vocal about its environmental concerns.

The New York Times reports that growing unrest in China centers on environmental concerns. Although China is known for its pollution and industrial-rooted economy, the cited article asserts that a growing percentage of the Chinese population is heeding the green movement and demanding that organizations pay more attention to the environmental impact of their operations. Manmeet Poonam Sandhu, an advocate of the green movement, believes that the "large and sometimes dangerous demonstrations" staged by the Chinese public, though dangerous, are a sign that the country may soon reevaluate its environmental standards.

"I often harp on China and the United States of America because they are the world's biggest polluters, according to carbon dioxide equivalents," comments Manmeet Poonam Sandhu. "But hearing that the Chinese people are pushing back gives me hope. The environmental movement is going to gain momentum as an increasing amount of the general public joins forces and pushes back against ventures that place profit before health. The power of the people is sometimes overlooked by multinational corporations—but it exists and it is forceful."

Some members of the general public may be surprised to learn of the protests held within China: "An over-generalized view of China is that it is a place where freedom of speech comes at a price—sometimes paid in the form of life or limb," remarks Sandhu. "At this potential price, if entire villages are coming together to protest a company or a decision, it must hold extreme value to the local people. I hope corporations will keep this in mind as they move into rural, poverty stricken neighborhoods."

Some organizations, such as Honda, are taking the green movement seriously. Honda included a wastewater management system in one of its assembly plants that went above and beyond the building standards in Guangzhou, where the plant is located.

"The Chinese have a knack for forward thinking and perfection," asserts Sandhu. "In this light, I commend the efforts of Honda to construct a new assembly plant that is before its time in terms of building standards. Let's hope that future construction in China pushes for stricter standards that promote positive health outcomes for the Chinese people and, ultimately, the rest of the global population."

Sandhu and other environmental advocates are looking forward to future innovations that move more companies toward greener operations.


Manmeet Poonam Sandhu is studying for her Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Science and Policy at The George Washington University. She is devoted to her academic success and remains a dedicated advocate of the environment. Additionally, Manmeet Poonam Sandhu works within the entertainment industry. While pursuing her education, Manmeet Poonam Sandhu has created Diversion in DC, a waste diversion research initiative that is aimed at enhancing awareness of the importance of diverting waste and improving the recycling and composting options available to attendees of public events.

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