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Digital Subscriptions > Vegan Life > October 2017 > CHINA IS CHANGING


The pollution bad boys are on the road to recovery

What images spring to mind when you think about pollution? Chances are, you’ll think of plumes of smog emerging from towering power stations. Now imagine that smog descends on your day-to-day life — your commute to work or your weekend shopping trip. It’s not a nice thought, and it’s not a nice reality either.

Really brought to light in the western world by the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the state of the environment in China leaves a lot to be desired. According to the World Health Organisation, China is the world’s deadliest country for outdoor air pollution; the most recent data available is from 2013, when around 1.6 million people died from breathing in dirty air.

Water scarcity and pollution is also a big problem in China. 60 per cent of the country’s 665 cities face seasonal water shortages. On a large scale, this issue has the same source as the air pollution — the burning of fossil fuels. In 2013, around 15 per cent of the country’s water was used to run coal-fired power plants.

Industrial emissions are also the largest contributor to lowered drinking water quality in China. The Haihe River, which flows through the northern cities of Beijing and Tianjin, is “badly polluted”, according to the State of the Environment Report by the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP).

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Every morning I sit down at my desk with an almond milk Earl Grey (in my red starry mug) and read emails, press releases and the latest news. It continues to amaze me that so much of what I read in the mainstream media is relevant to veganism. Negative articles about vegans and veganism seem to be diminishing to be replaced with pieces highlighting the benefits to the environment, animal welfare and our health. The number of businesses embracing compassion and removing animal products from their products, as well as making sure they are cruelty-free, is astounding. With this in mind, we have brought you a business feature which I am really excited about. We have spoken to Stephanie Redcross who founded a vegan marketing, consulting and coaching company to advise entrepreneurs and professionals about how to run their businesses without compromising their core values. There has been an explosion of small vegan enterprises over the last few years and there are still so many gaps in the market — if you have an idea for a vegan product or service which you want to make a reality, this feature is perfect for you. We have also noticed that the number of people taking part in animal tourism has increased recently. You may have seen pictures of people visiting swimming pigs in the Bahamas and with the clear sparkling water and cloudless blue skies you would be forgiven for thinking that this looked like paradise. Unfortunately, these pigs do not live the life of luxury that you may expect and it is so sad, though not surprising, that in 2017 tourism still exploits animals for commercial gain. Finally, we have some incredible recipes for you in this issue including a personal favourite, scones with cream and jam, and a whole host of fun Halloween recipes which you can make with your kids or, if you’re a big kid like me, for yourself! Have a happy Halloween and make sure you stock up on some vegan sweets for those trick or treaters!