Is It China's Fault That It Is Producing Millions Of Tonnes Of Carbon Emissions


When we were doing our club we were looking at the amount of carbon emissions that countries around the world produce. We were shocked when we saw China's emmisions they were sicnificantly more than all the other countries and then we wondered why. A classmate mentioned about all China's factories and that they produce alot of carbon emissions. Then that got me thinking. Is it just China who want those goods or is it the whole world who want those good

China produces alot of goods for example tv's, computers, clothes and shoes and many more items. So if China stopped working the whole world will run out of goods that are produced there. China has alot of those factories so we are getting goods from them. If the Uk had these factories our pollotion would also be similar. So we cant blame china they just somehow happend to have all these factories and without them some items wouldnt have existed.

Let me know your thoughts on this? Do you agree with it or disagree? tell me in the comments

Thanks good_hedgehog

Comments (29)

  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
    12 Jun 2019

    A juicy conversation starter that shows excellent curiosity! I've made this an Editor's Pick and hope that lots of BNC members will share their opinions.

  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg entertaining_strawberry | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom
    13 Jun 2019

    I agree with both of your points, China does have a lot if factories, but if we get rid of them, we wouldn’t have all these goods. Here are some solutions

    -Try and use factories less, and make less items
    (this does have a downfall. If we don’t Almagest as many items, a lot of people would have things to say, and the people who run the factories in China, make money of them. So it wouldn’t be fair)

    -don’t ship as many items to other countries
    (I think this because it costs money to ship items, and we don’t need as much. Sending items to other countries costs emissions anyway so it would be a great idea)

    Then I thought about other countries that give out a lot if emissions. Europe, for example, gives out more than 5 million. If we stop making as much and China, it could make a small difference.

  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg adventurous_piano | Streatham Wells Primary School
    13 Jun 2019

    Hello good hedgehog,

    I feel that this is our fault-the publics- we blame China for all of the emission they produce but, who is really responsible? We are! I bet if you look at the label on your top or dress right now it will be made in China. So is China really to blame for this or is it everyone else. I think we are just being hypocrites one second telling China to stop creating so many fossil fuels and the next we are asking for them to make us clothes! I feel like I have come up with a solution though, I thought : " What grows quickly, in bunches and can make paper?" Then it hit me. BAMBOO!

    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      adventurous_piano's comment 14 Jun 2019

      You make a good point here about hypocrisy, well done. Do you know of any shops that sell bamboo products? I've heard of it being used as a material for clothing, like socks!

  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg smart_parrot | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom
    17 Jun 2019

    China don't have many factereis but most people think that they have loads.

    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      smart_parrot's comment 17 Jun 2019

      Do you have any evidence to support this statement?

  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg happy_sparrow | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom
    17 Jun 2019

    This isn't just down to china because loads of other countries release carbon emmisions. I know this because if it was all down to china and just china the government would of taken action about it already. But because it's all of us then it isn't that simple which means we have to take responsibility our selves in reducing these carbon emmisions. One thing we could do is cut down on the amount of factories or if not that then we should encourage them to change things about their factory like to use smarter machenery or to clean the smoke before it gets into our atmosphere. All that will cost money which is probally why they would'nt do it so what we can do is donate some money towards buying the things and they can pay for the rest. I find that fair becauase we cut down on carbon emmisions and they don't have to pay for everything.

    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      happy_sparrow's comment 17 Jun 2019

      This is an interesting idea. Do you think it's fair to pass on the cost to the consumer (the people buying the things)? Would everyone be willing to pay more for things, in order to care for the environment?

  • Portobello-logo-250x250.jpg productive_petal | Portobello High School
    17 Jun 2019

    I don’t think it’s chinas fallt all of the people on earth should do something.

  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg focused_maths | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom
    25 Jun 2019

    i dont think its china fault that its releaseing millions of emissons if we thought about it like this it keeps us entertand what would we do if we didnt have any phonses or xboxes or controller for them

    1. Crampton-logo-250x250.jpg encouraging_road | Crampton Primary School
      focused_maths's comment 08 Jul 2019

      I disagree, focused maths China’s emotions are one of the key factors in climate change. It may not be the people’s fault but the government is not taking climate change seriously. What would you prefer, a new Xbox or your life.

  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg busy_song | Michael Faraday Primary School | United Kingdom
    25 Jun 2019

    In my opinion, I believe the same as you believe.

    I believe that cutting down the manufacturing industries that China has would become potentially stopping Global Warming since it contributes a substantial amount to the increasingly high carbon emissions. However (as you have mentioned), everyday life –as we have today- wouldn’t be possible in this case since China has been the country that has been importing and exporting our essential items using the manufacturing factories releasing greenhouse gases. China mainly produces: aluminium, cotton, tea, rice, potatoes, soybeans, computers, furniture, knit or crochet clothing, optical, technical, and medical apparatus, plastics, vehicles, iron and steel products, footwear, oil, iron ore, copper, copper Ore, canola, coal and organic chemicals. Our world would be very different without them. The reason China been producing these products, because the world need these products.

    Therefore, what needs to be happening is finding an alternative solution to make these products without polluting the Earth. What I mean by this is for example, if you were trying to get out of your house but you had no keys, you still would not able to get out. However, you soon realise that you have the keys to the back door of the house (the alternative solution) and you try the back door. Now, (because of the back door solution), you can get out of your house. The alternative method still leaves the same end product (getting out of your house) but the only difference is the method (using the back door instead of the normal door).

    The theory of an alternative method can also be put into use with China manufacturing goods. In this case, my theory (with the same outcome but a different method) can be a major solution to Climate Change. China manufacturing all of the goods and items to us really change how we live and all the essential items but to stop Climate Change, we would have to stop these but that would mean that we would not be able to have those essential everyday items. Inputting my theory, we could make a different way of making the manufacturing machines work but in this case, a method that is environmentally friendly.

    “Is it China’s fault that it is producing millions of tonnes of carbon emissions?”

    I strongly believe that (with many pieces of evidence and valid reasons), the answer to that question could be two possible answers: yes and no.

    The reason why I believe that the answer to the question would be yes is because China, according to statistics has been the country that has mainly contributing to Climate Change and they have currently been producing even more carbon dioxide emissions than Saudi Arabia, Gambia, Bangladesh and Europe would be able to create altogether! If we could stop their factories, then we (as all the citizens of the world) could make a massive difference in Climate Change (changing a few degrees lower). We already have alternative methods of manufacturing objects (which would not pollute the Earth) and China would probably know this (since they are quite a well-developed country) but they are not using these methods and instead, releasing the same toxic and harmful air repeatedly.

    The reason why that the answer to the question would be no is because they aren’t even the ones who dig the oil out and sell it to people, it is oil plentiful countries like Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iraq, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Iran Kuwait, Nigeria, Angola and Kazakhstan. China would not even be able to burn the oil and pollute more if there was not a huge oil market selling a vast amount of oil. If China buys the oil, they will burn a lot of the oil quickly and pollute the air even more than before. Therefore, the blame also is spread to countries like Saudi Arabia who have a massive oil market and this is because none of the high carbon and greenhouse gas emissions would even exist if they had not started the oil market in the first place. One other reason that I could use to back up this point is that it is China’s government that wants to pollute the world by these factories since it is only for now however, the Chinese citizens could easily disagree with this but since they are not part of the government, they cannot change what they have done. Not all of this is China’s entire fault since not all the people agree about the toxic fumes.

    To conclude, overall, I believe that it is partly China’s fault but at the same time, partly the fault of the countries who are selling the oil in the first place. It is China’s fault for being one of the very rich, well-developed countries and not use the alternative methods that have already been discovered. It is Saudi Arabia’s and the countries that have a massive oil market’s fault (as well as China’s fault and the people all over the world’s fault because of the demand of these products) because they have the oil that is causing Climate Change and they are selling it to countries who will use all of it quickly and cause even more greenhouse gases. They could immediately stop this market and stop China from using it and creating more pollution.

    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
      busy_song's comment 26 Jun 2019

      A thoughtful comment in response to a post! Does the world really need all these things being manufactured?

      1. Elaine-logo-250x250.jpg delightful_eagle | Elaine Primary School
        Tiff @ Topical Talk's comment 01 Jul 2019

        I agree because the world does not need all these manufactured items because you can recycle and re-use them, Such as plastic bottles, cups and more.

  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg busy_song | Michael Faraday Primary School | United Kingdom
    28 Jun 2019

    In my opinion, I strongly believe that not all of the items are essential to our life and the things that are non-essential are usually used for entertaining (such as toys), cravings (such as a taste for coffee) and much more. The only thing that makes it something that China urgently needs to manufacture is that there is a high demand in the world for it; since the people are asking a high demand of the item, we are making non-essential items that in factories, are causing excessive greenhouse gases (such as carbon dioxide).

    One of the biggest non-essential items that do not have to be manufactured and are of high demand are toys. Toys for boys and girls, for little children, for middle-aged children and for any age are growing widely in size and as well as the factories emitting unnecessary greenhouse gases, most of the toys are of purely plastic, which when in the bin, will end up for thousands of years in the ground rotting.

    Another item of high demand are fabric and dyes to colour the fabric. To manufacture the fabric, it uses many fossil fuels and is made from non-biodegradable plastics (such as polyester and nylon), which will also rot in the planet for a significant amount of time. Dyes pollute the Earth (especially the oceans and the rivers). These fabric dyes and fabric polymers are not only bad for the environment but also bad for our health.

    I believe a step forward that all of the Chinese factories and factories all around the world is that we should only manufacture items that are essential in human life and items that will help massively in our survival. The reason why is that the non-essential items are items we don’t really need and to make these non-essential items you need to emit even more toxic factory fumes. If we cut down on these non-essential items, we could reduce the catastrophic damage that has been done to the Earth.

    The cause of these non-essential items being manufactured and emitting additional greenhouse gases is because of the high demands of the people. Going into the root of the problem, as a beneficial solution, we should educate everyone about Climate Change, the catastrophic changes that are going to happen to the future generations in the future and what can we do to help. Nevertheless, most importantly, talk about decreasing the high demand of the toys, fabrics and fabric dyes to make a little difference that, in the long term, will benefit the Earth immensely.

    As a start, we (together as a world) can start to have a low demand and not manufacture the non-essential items that that are not needed for our life or our survival. We could make these items in low quantities but after a few years, we can gradually decrease the amount of the unnecessary items and soon, there will be no unnecessary items manufactured. We can change the course of Climate Change from one phase to the next. Once we gradually decrease these non-essential items made by toxic materials, we can introduce these non-essential items to become manufactured by non-toxic materials instead on environmentally friendly alternative ways.

  • Crampton-logo-250x250.jpg encouraging_road | Crampton Primary School
    08 Jul 2019

    I mean China’s emissions

  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg wondrous_shark | Streatham Wells Primary School
    10 Jul 2019

    I think it is their fault, because, in my opinion, they don't really need so many goods. There are (approximately) 1.216 billion people that live in Africa, and most of them unfortunately don't have those goods that the more wealthy people in places like China have lots of. For this reason, since the Chinese don't donate their goods to any of the more poor African families, I believe they should stop producing so many of these factory-made goods.

  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg caring_strategy | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom
    17 Jul 2019

    I don't think that china should have they're factories but if they don't have them they will not have the goods

  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg adaptable_music | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom
    17 Jul 2019

    I think it is China's fault because most things in the world are made by them and they are not very essential.

    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
      adaptable_music's comment 19 Jul 2019

      Other countries import a lot from China. Are they responsible too?

  • Lyons Hall Primary School thankful_bird | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    10 Dec 2019

    People think it is China’s fault for because of how many factory’s they have and how much carbon emission the pollute into the air and how much products the produce

    Other people think that it isn’t China’s fault because if other country’s had that many factory’s they would be the exact same as a lot of our products come from the Chinese factory’s and a lot of items wouldn’t exist with out them .

    In conclusion with an open mind I think that it isn’t China’s fault because they supply a lot of country’s and they need those factory’s to supply them and if China didn’t have them we wouldn’t have a lot of things

  • Lyons Hall Primary School loyal_insect | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    10 Dec 2019

    On the one hand, some people might believe that China is the reason for climate change due to the shocking amount of carbon emissions the produce into the air.

    The other side to this argument is that it isn’t China’s fault because without all of their carbon powered factories, we wouldn't have a lot of our everyday products.

    I believe, including both sides with an open mind, that it isn’t China’s fault. Most of our products we use today are from China so we are as much to blame as them.

  • Lyons Hall Primary School powerful_skill | Lyons Hall Primary School | United Kingdom
    10 Feb 2020

    I believe that China does make Carbon Emissions. Since they have 2,801,143 factories. They might be the reason for climate change.
    But on the other hand, other countries are making Carbon Emissions, since there are 10 Million factories in the world! So therefore China isn’t the only one making Carbon Emissions.
    So, including both sides, I believe that China isn’t the only one making Carbon Emissions. Since there are 10 million factories in the world. So it isn’t China's fault.

  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg phenomenal_clementine | Boutcher C of E Primary School A | United Kingdom
    29 Feb 2020

    In my opinion I agree with both sides

    Yes: I think it is China's fault as they create the most carbon Emissions even but at the same time they are one of the largest countries

    No: Even though I think it is partly China's fault a lot of the products they make we use. This encouragement we have given them to make these products have had an impact on peoples health but I must say we cant just blame China

  • global-conversation.png comfortable_wildcat | Ras Beirut Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    29 Apr 2021

    Increased population + increased needs will lead to increased production of many goods that china manufactures. I think it is the fault of the large countries including china, like UK USA Russia and others.. they all must find solutions to solve this problem.

  • British Council.jpg entrepreneurial_guitar | Mirzapur Cadet College | Bangladesh
    09 Nov 2021

    As I would see it, I accept as old as accept.

    I accept that chopping down the assembling enterprises that China has would turn out to be conceivably halting Global Warming since it contributes a considerable sum to the inexorably high fossil fuel byproducts. In any case (as you have referenced), regular daily existence – as we have today-wouldn't be imaginable for this situation since China has been the country that has been bringing in and trading our fundamental things utilizing the assembling processing plants delivering ozone depleting substances. China mostly delivers: aluminum, cotton, tea, rice, potatoes, soybeans, PCs, furniture, sew or sew clothing, optical, specialized, and clinical contraption, plastics, vehicles, iron and steel items, footwear, oil, iron mineral, copper, copper Ore, canola, coal and natural synthetic compounds. Our reality would be altogether different without them. The explanation China been creating these items, in light of the fact that the world need these items.

    Accordingly, what should happen is tracking down an elective answer for make these items without contaminating the Earth. What I mean by this is for instance, in case you were attempting to escape your home yet you had no keys, you actually would not ready to get out. In any case, you before long understand that you have the keys to the secondary passage of the house (the elective arrangement) and you attempt the indirect access. Presently, (in light of the secondary passage arrangement), you can escape your home. The elective strategy actually leaves a similar final result (escaping your home) however the main contrast is the technique (utilizing the indirect access rather than the typical entryway).

    The hypothesis of an elective strategy can likewise be placed into utilization with China fabricating merchandise. For this situation, my hypothesis (with a similar result yet an alternate technique) can be a significant answer for Climate Change. China fabricating the products as a whole and things to us truly change how we live and every one of the fundamental things however to stop Climate Change, we would need to shut down these yet that would imply that we would not have the option to have those fundamental regular things. Contributing my hypothesis, we could make an alternate method of making the assembling machines work however for this situation, a strategy that is harmless to the ecosystem.

    "Is it China's shortcoming that it is creating a large number of huge loads of fossil fuel byproducts?"

    I emphatically trust that (with many bits of proof and legitimate reasons), the response to that question could be two potential replies: yes and negative.

    The justification for why I accept that the response to the inquiry would be yes is on the grounds that China, as indicated by insights has been the country that has fundamentally adding to Climate Change and they have as of now been delivering considerably more carbon dioxide outflows than Saudi Arabia, Gambia, Bangladesh and Europe would have the option to make through and through! Assuming we could stop their production lines, we (as every one of the residents of the world) could have a gigantic effect in Climate Change (changing a couple of degrees lower). We as of now have elective techniques for assembling objects (which would not dirty the Earth) and China would likely know this (since they are a significant all around created country) however they are not utilizing these strategies and on second thought, delivering a similar poisonous and unsafe air over and over.

    The motivation behind why that the response to the inquiry would be no is on the grounds that they aren't even the ones who uncover the oil and offer it to individuals, it is oil abundant nations like Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iraq, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Iran Kuwait, Nigeria, Angola and Kazakhstan. China would not have the option to consume the oil and dirty more in case there was not an immense oil market selling a tremendous measure of oil. If China purchases the oil, they will consume a great deal of the oil rapidly and contaminate the air significantly more than previously. Thusly, the fault additionally is spread to nations like Saudi Arabia who have a huge oil market and this is on the grounds that none of the great carbon and ozone harming substance discharges would even exist if they had not begun the oil market in any case. Another explanation that I could use to back up this point is that it is China's administration that needs to contaminate the world by these processing plants since it is just for the present nonetheless, the Chinese residents could without much of a stretch can't help contradicting this yet since they are not piece of the public authority, they can't change what they have done. Not all of this is China's whole issue since not every one individuals concur about the poisonous exhaust.

    To close, in general, I accept that it is incompletely China's issue and yet, somewhat the shortcoming of the nations who are selling the oil in any case. It is China's problem for being one of the exceptionally rich, very much created nations and not utilize the elective techniques that have as of now been found. It is Saudi Arabia's and the nations that have a monstrous oil market's issue (just as China's issue and individuals all around the world's issue due to the interest of these items) since they have the oil that is causing Climate Change and they are offering it to nations who will utilize every last bit of it rapidly and cause much more ozone harming substances. They could quickly stop this market and prevent China from utilizing it and making more contamination.


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      entrepreneurial_guitar's comment 09 Nov 2021

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  • Cheam Fields logo venturous_journalist | Cheam Fields Primary Academy A | United Kingdom
    09 Mar 2022

    I agree that China is not the one to blame because a lot of countries produce a lot of carbon emissions like you said the Uk does it. I also think that China is doing well and lets not forget that China is very big so they are not the ones to blame. And that a lot of countries make a lot of goods and produce carbon emissions.

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