An issue that I think stems from the industrial revolution era is pollution. Nowadays, pollution is a hot button issue, with multiple companies and governments working hard to counteract the amount of smog, litter, and chemicals being created. One of the biggest contributors to the pollution epidemic is China. China is a large country that has industrialized quickly, and is currently one of the global leaders when it comes to creating items in factories. These factories are a good example of industrialization because they are a good example of urbanization. According to The World Bank Group, in the past 65 years, China has seen it’s country go from 16% of it’s population living in urban areas, to 58%. This is an astounding 42% increase. This urbanization has opened the doors for China to open up a ton of factories that are the supplier of income for many people in the country. Unfortunately, with all the countries opening up, pollution has skyrocketed and is at an all time. Smog envelops cities, creating a health risk for anybody in the surrounding area. According to the New York Times, China has had to give out a “Red Alert”, or the indication that the air quality is at an all time low. This “Red Alert” means that the air is currently unhealthy to breathe in. This is a huge problem, as humans, animals, and even plants need air in order to live and prosper. While industrialization has been amazing for China’s economy, these negative aspects such as pollution are a huge problem. It seems as though China is focusing on the positive growth of it’s economy as the main building block in it’s industrialization, overlooking these negative aspects as just a small price they have to pay for their success. As China continues it’s industrialization, it’s a huge issue for the rest of the world, as pollution doesn’t just affect China, it affects everyone.
“Urban Population (% of Total).” Urban Population (% of Total), World Bank Group, data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.URB.TOTL.IN.ZS.
Wong, Edward. “Beijing Issues Red Alert Over Air Pollution for the First Time.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 7 Dec. 2015, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/08/world/asia/beijing-pollution-red-alert.html?mtrref=www.google.com.