Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

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Today is Blog Action Day.

I’m challenged to write something related to the environment.

Hmm…here we go.

China will ban trading by exporters who pollute.

China is serious about doing the right thing when it comes to the environment…at least in the news.

In practice…well, it remains to be seen.

Beijing will restrict exporters who violate environmental regulations from trading

overseas.

Suspension of one to three years will be used to punish companies that pollute or seize environmental resources illegally.

Beijing is calling on environmental watchdogs to strengthen supervision = squeal louder and longer on offenders.

If a company offends, local departments are authorized to punish violators by withholding export-related applications.

Let’s see…a company is big enough to export. They bring jobs to the local community…they pollute.  A few tree huggers cry ‘foul’ and report it to the local government who’s livelihood depends on taxes from the people and the company they are going to restrain??

Doesn’t seem likely.

But, it’s the thought that counts, right?

No! There needs to be some serious follow-through and accountability.

Beijing is trying…but it’ll take the grassroots folks to make a difference.

What do you think?

See also:

It’s Blog Action Day!

Blog Action Day – Pharma and the Environment

 

今天是Blog 行动天。 我挑战写某事与环境有关。 Hmm… 这里我们去。 中国取缔换将由污染的出口商。 中国对做正确的事是严肃的当它来到环境… 至少在新闻。 实践上… 很好, 情况仍未明。 北京将制约违犯环境章程从换国外的出口商。 一到三年悬浮将被使用惩罚非法地污染或占领环境资源的公司。 北京拜访环境看家狗加强监督= 尖叫声大声和长期在违者。 如果公司触犯, 地方部门被批准惩罚违背者由扣压与出口相关的应用。 我们看… 公司是足够大出口。他们带来工作给地方社区… 他们污染。几树huggers 啼声’ 弄脏’ 和它向是生计取决于税从人民和公司他们克制? 的当地政府报告? 可能不似乎。 但, 这是想法计数, 正确? 不! 需要某一严肃的跟随通过和accountablilty 。 北京尝试… 但它将采取基层伙计产生变化。 您认为怎样?

Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.

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Bill Belew

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  • Dani says:

    Hey, at least China is trying to step it up. The US government is trying to do it’s part to, but I’m hoping that the energy bill on the table right now will do a little more. I’m working with a coalition to keep this energy bill moving in the right direction. Right now it’s calling for a 15% renewable electricity standard nationwide as well as 35 mpg fuel economy standard. Just think of the positive impact that would have on our environment not to mention dependence on foreign oil. If you’re interested in making a big difference on this Blog Action Day head over to http://www.energybill2007.org and sign a petition to keep the standards on the energy bill where they are now.

  • Anonymous says:

    oThere are many different opinions about the environmental issues.Maybe environmental issues relates to the economic issues,they are two sides of one point.China needs economic developed and society advanced,so the nation should promote its industry,and meanwile small investment in the environment protection.
    So I think,the goverment and enterprises of china don’t have enough money to handle the environmental problems.The other deleloping nations face the same problem.As develpoped nations,they have liability to help developing nations ‘economically and environmentally.

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