Painting the hill green

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Flag of China  , Yunnan Province,
Saturday, June 20, 2009

An example of greenwash in China?

Officials in Fumin County, which is located in southwest China’s
Yunnan Province, have decided to paint an entire barren countryside
green. While it seems likely that everyone involved in the decision had
at least “one too many” cocktails, villagers are scratching their heads
and wondering why anyone would spend money to do this.
green mountain 300x197 Why Did Chinese Officials Paint a Mountain Green? picture
For villagers in southwestern China the new green painted mountain, which cost the government some 400,000 yuan ($51,000), is a weird conundrum, but it does have an explanation.
Laoshou Mountain was quarried for more than two decades but has been
recently shut down following complaints about dust and noise from
villagers.
Last summer when government workers began spraying the mountain,
which is an entirely barren countryside, green. Villagers were
perplexed as no one was told why the local forestry bureau was trying
to simulate planted trees. indeed, wouldn’t it make more sense to use
the money to plant real trees instead?
green mt2 300x202 Why Did Chinese Officials Paint a Mountain Green? picture
A few villagers suggested that those village officials whose offices
faced the mountain were doing this in an attempt to alter the region’s
feng shui, the ancient Chinese belief of harmonizing one’s physical
environment for maximum health and financial benefit.
The only problem with this is that feng shui needs to be a genuine
arrangement, and fake green trees won’t cut it because Mother Nature
knows the truth.
It appears no explanation is being given, so all we can do is guess at what their true intentions were.
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