Is It China's Fault That It Is Producing Millions Of Tonnes Of Carbon Emissions


When we were doing our club we were looking at the amount of carbon emissions that countries around the world produce. We were shocked when we saw China's emmisions they were sicnificantly more than all the other countries and then we wondered why. A classmate mentioned about all China's factories and that they produce alot of carbon emissions. Then that got me thinking. Is it just China who want those goods or is it the whole world who want those good

China produces alot of goods for example tv's, computers, clothes and shoes and many more items. So if China stopped working the whole world will run out of goods that are produced there. China has alot of those factories so we are getting goods from them. If the Uk had these factories our pollotion would also be similar. So we cant blame china they just somehow happend to have all these factories and without them some items wouldnt have existed.

Let me know your thoughts on this? Do you agree with it or disagree? tell me in the comments

Thanks good_hedgehog

Comments (17)

  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC 12 Jun 2019

    A juicy conversation starter that shows excellent curiosity! I've made this an Editor's Pick and hope that lots of BNC members will share their opinions.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg entertaining_strawberry
    Birchwood C of E Primary School 13 Jun 2019

    I agree with both of your points, China does have a lot if factories, but if we get rid of them, we wouldn’t have all these goods. Here are some solutions

    -Try and use factories less, and make less items
    (this does have a downfall. If we don’t Almagest as many items, a lot of people would have things to say, and the people who run the factories in China, make money of them. So it wouldn’t be fair)

    -don’t ship as many items to other countries
    (I think this because it costs money to ship items, and we don’t need as much. Sending items to other countries costs emissions anyway so it would be a great idea)

    Then I thought about other countries that give out a lot if emissions. Europe, for example, gives out more than 5 million. If we stop making as much and China, it could make a small difference.

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  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg adventurous_piano
    Streatham Wells Primary School 13 Jun 2019

    Hello good hedgehog,

    I feel that this is our fault-the publics- we blame China for all of the emission they produce but, who is really responsible? We are! I bet if you look at the label on your top or dress right now it will be made in China. So is China really to blame for this or is it everyone else. I think we are just being hypocrites one second telling China to stop creating so many fossil fuels and the next we are asking for them to make us clothes! I feel like I have come up with a solution though, I thought : " What grows quickly, in bunches and can make paper?" Then it hit me. BAMBOO!

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  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC 14 Jun 2019 in reply to adventurous_piano's comment

    You make a good point here about hypocrisy, well done. Do you know of any shops that sell bamboo products? I've heard of it being used as a material for clothing, like socks!

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg smart_parrot
    Birchwood C of E Primary School 17 Jun 2019

    China don't have many factereis but most people think that they have loads.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg happy_sparrow
    Birchwood C of E Primary School 17 Jun 2019

    This isn't just down to china because loads of other countries release carbon emmisions. I know this because if it was all down to china and just china the government would of taken action about it already. But because it's all of us then it isn't that simple which means we have to take responsibility our selves in reducing these carbon emmisions. One thing we could do is cut down on the amount of factories or if not that then we should encourage them to change things about their factory like to use smarter machenery or to clean the smoke before it gets into our atmosphere. All that will cost money which is probally why they would'nt do it so what we can do is donate some money towards buying the things and they can pay for the rest. I find that fair becauase we cut down on carbon emmisions and they don't have to pay for everything.

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  • Portobello-logo-250x250.jpg productive_petal
    Portobello High School 17 Jun 2019

    I don’t think it’s chinas fallt all of the people on earth should do something.

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  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC 17 Jun 2019 in reply to smart_parrot's comment

    Do you have any evidence to support this statement?

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  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC 17 Jun 2019 in reply to happy_sparrow's comment

    This is an interesting idea. Do you think it's fair to pass on the cost to the consumer (the people buying the things)? Would everyone be willing to pay more for things, in order to care for the environment?

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg focused_maths
    Birchwood C of E Primary School 25 Jun 2019

    i dont think its china fault that its releaseing millions of emissons if we thought about it like this it keeps us entertand what would we do if we didnt have any phonses or xboxes or controller for them

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg busy_song
    Michael Faraday School 25 Jun 2019

    In my opinion, I believe the same as you believe.

    I believe that cutting down the manufacturing industries that China has would become potentially stopping Global Warming since it contributes a substantial amount to the increasingly high carbon emissions. However (as you have mentioned), everyday life –as we have today- wouldn’t be possible in this case since China has been the country that has been importing and exporting our essential items using the manufacturing factories releasing greenhouse gases. China mainly produces: aluminium, cotton, tea, rice, potatoes, soybeans, computers, furniture, knit or crochet clothing, optical, technical, and medical apparatus, plastics, vehicles, iron and steel products, footwear, oil, iron ore, copper, copper Ore, canola, coal and organic chemicals. Our world would be very different without them. The reason China been producing these products, because the world need these products.

    Therefore, what needs to be happening is finding an alternative solution to make these products without polluting the Earth. What I mean by this is for example, if you were trying to get out of your house but you had no keys, you still would not able to get out. However, you soon realise that you have the keys to the back door of the house (the alternative solution) and you try the back door. Now, (because of the back door solution), you can get out of your house. The alternative method still leaves the same end product (getting out of your house) but the only difference is the method (using the back door instead of the normal door).

    The theory of an alternative method can also be put into use with China manufacturing goods. In this case, my theory (with the same outcome but a different method) can be a major solution to Climate Change. China manufacturing all of the goods and items to us really change how we live and all the essential items but to stop Climate Change, we would have to stop these but that would mean that we would not be able to have those essential everyday items. Inputting my theory, we could make a different way of making the manufacturing machines work but in this case, a method that is environmentally friendly.

    “Is it China’s fault that it is producing millions of tonnes of carbon emissions?”

    I strongly believe that (with many pieces of evidence and valid reasons), the answer to that question could be two possible answers: yes and no.

    The reason why I believe that the answer to the question would be yes is because China, according to statistics has been the country that has mainly contributing to Climate Change and they have currently been producing even more carbon dioxide emissions than Saudi Arabia, Gambia, Bangladesh and Europe would be able to create altogether! If we could stop their factories, then we (as all the citizens of the world) could make a massive difference in Climate Change (changing a few degrees lower). We already have alternative methods of manufacturing objects (which would not pollute the Earth) and China would probably know this (since they are quite a well-developed country) but they are not using these methods and instead, releasing the same toxic and harmful air repeatedly.

    The reason why that the answer to the question would be no is because they aren’t even the ones who dig the oil out and sell it to people, it is oil plentiful countries like Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iraq, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Iran Kuwait, Nigeria, Angola and Kazakhstan. China would not even be able to burn the oil and pollute more if there was not a huge oil market selling a vast amount of oil. If China buys the oil, they will burn a lot of the oil quickly and pollute the air even more than before. Therefore, the blame also is spread to countries like Saudi Arabia who have a massive oil market and this is because none of the high carbon and greenhouse gas emissions would even exist if they had not started the oil market in the first place. One other reason that I could use to back up this point is that it is China’s government that wants to pollute the world by these factories since it is only for now however, the Chinese citizens could easily disagree with this but since they are not part of the government, they cannot change what they have done. Not all of this is China’s entire fault since not all the people agree about the toxic fumes.

    To conclude, overall, I believe that it is partly China’s fault but at the same time, partly the fault of the countries who are selling the oil in the first place. It is China’s fault for being one of the very rich, well-developed countries and not use the alternative methods that have already been discovered. It is Saudi Arabia’s and the countries that have a massive oil market’s fault (as well as China’s fault and the people all over the world’s fault because of the demand of these products) because they have the oil that is causing Climate Change and they are selling it to countries who will use all of it quickly and cause even more greenhouse gases. They could immediately stop this market and stop China from using it and creating more pollution.

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  • Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC 26 Jun 2019 in reply to busy_song's comment

    A thoughtful comment in response to a post! Does the world really need all these things being manufactured?

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg busy_song
    Michael Faraday School 28 Jun 2019

    In my opinion, I strongly believe that not all of the items are essential to our life and the things that are non-essential are usually used for entertaining (such as toys), cravings (such as a taste for coffee) and much more. The only thing that makes it something that China urgently needs to manufacture is that there is a high demand in the world for it; since the people are asking a high demand of the item, we are making non-essential items that in factories, are causing excessive greenhouse gases (such as carbon dioxide).

    One of the biggest non-essential items that do not have to be manufactured and are of high demand are toys. Toys for boys and girls, for little children, for middle-aged children and for any age are growing widely in size and as well as the factories emitting unnecessary greenhouse gases, most of the toys are of purely plastic, which when in the bin, will end up for thousands of years in the ground rotting.

    Another item of high demand are fabric and dyes to colour the fabric. To manufacture the fabric, it uses many fossil fuels and is made from non-biodegradable plastics (such as polyester and nylon), which will also rot in the planet for a significant amount of time. Dyes pollute the Earth (especially the oceans and the rivers). These fabric dyes and fabric polymers are not only bad for the environment but also bad for our health.

    I believe a step forward that all of the Chinese factories and factories all around the world is that we should only manufacture items that are essential in human life and items that will help massively in our survival. The reason why is that the non-essential items are items we don’t really need and to make these non-essential items you need to emit even more toxic factory fumes. If we cut down on these non-essential items, we could reduce the catastrophic damage that has been done to the Earth.

    The cause of these non-essential items being manufactured and emitting additional greenhouse gases is because of the high demands of the people. Going into the root of the problem, as a beneficial solution, we should educate everyone about Climate Change, the catastrophic changes that are going to happen to the future generations in the future and what can we do to help. Nevertheless, most importantly, talk about decreasing the high demand of the toys, fabrics and fabric dyes to make a little difference that, in the long term, will benefit the Earth immensely.

    As a start, we (together as a world) can start to have a low demand and not manufacture the non-essential items that that are not needed for our life or our survival. We could make these items in low quantities but after a few years, we can gradually decrease the amount of the unnecessary items and soon, there will be no unnecessary items manufactured. We can change the course of Climate Change from one phase to the next. Once we gradually decrease these non-essential items made by toxic materials, we can introduce these non-essential items to become manufactured by non-toxic materials instead on environmentally friendly alternative ways.

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  • Elaine-logo-250x250.jpg delightful_eagle
    Elaine Primary School 01 Jul 2019 in reply to Tiff @ the BNC's comment

    I agree because the world does not need all these manufactured items because you can recycle and re-use them, Such as plastic bottles, cups and more.

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  • Crampton-logo-250x250.jpg encouraging_road
    Crampton Primary School 08 Jul 2019 in reply to focused_maths's comment

    I disagree, focused maths China’s emotions are one of the key factors in climate change. It may not be the people’s fault but the government is not taking climate change seriously. What would you prefer, a new Xbox or your life.

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  • Crampton-logo-250x250.jpg encouraging_road
    Crampton Primary School 08 Jul 2019

    I mean China’s emissions

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  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg wondrous_shark
    Streatham Wells Primary School 10 Jul 2019

    I think it is their fault, because, in my opinion, they don't really need so many goods. There are (approximately) 1.216 billion people that live in Africa, and most of them unfortunately don't have those goods that the more wealthy people in places like China have lots of. For this reason, since the Chinese don't donate their goods to any of the more poor African families, I believe they should stop producing so many of these factory-made goods.

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