In a move to prevent massive deforrestation on China, the People’s Republic Government have introduced a massive 5% tax on chopsticks. They have been mulling it for some time.
The country’s population apparently consumes over 45 billion pairs of disposable wooden chopsticks a year, cutting down as many as 25 million trees in the process, according to government statistics.
Another 15 billion pairs are exported to Japan, South Korea and other countries. At the current rate of timber use, environmentalists warn, China will consume its remaining forests in about a decade.
It has not been reported how much the government expects to collect from this unique form of taxation.
The wastefulness of this has been the subject of quite a strong environmental campaign:
The numbers that this economy generates in so many different ways are so extraordinary. If China one day has three cars for every four people, US style, it will have 1.1billion cars. The threat that the country’s economic growth poses to the already precarious climate changed world is hard to understand. It is proportionately as huge as the economic opportunity its current boom represents.
But it would be all too easy to point the finger at China and say our planet’s environmental crisis starts here. Not so, the US is still a worse offender – it’s just that China is looking to eclipse that “achievement” fast.
Suggestions are welcome for what other western governments could do in the way of taxation to make a similar different to our environment …!