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February 24
2014年2月24日

富人享電力 窮人受汙染

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社會上不少人提倡飲食清淡,少油、少鹽、少糖、少肉食;並主張多運動、多飲水、多保養、多服務社會、多有愛心。

您知不知道,世界七十幾億人口當中,四分之一的人完全無電可用,而五分之二的人日常生活中只能接觸到非常有限的電力。換句話說,像台灣人這樣不愁用電的只約占全球人口的三分之一左右。

無電可用的地區,疾病叢生、醫療設備粗糙、食物匱乏、教育不足、食用水骯髒、貧窮就是居民最大的痛楚……當然,他們的平均壽命也就短少。這些地區的居民只要有吃、有喝、有一點點電力可用,就已十分滿足,完全談不上吃肉吃素、運動保養,或者飲食鹹淡的問題。

可是,這些生活在缺水缺電地區、衣食匱乏的民眾,卻要忍受我們因大量使用石化燃料造成的環境汙染,進而導致全球暖化的後遺症。要知道,世界上約70%的電力來自火力發電(煤、天然氣、石油),由此產生過量的二氧化碳、二氧化硫、霧霾。有廉價電力可用的我們與無電可用的他們,極有可能得共同接受因使用石化燃料主導的汙染而造成的地球災害。

生而不能共享資源,死因富人製造的汙染而共亡,你認為公平嗎?

註:本文曾載於聯合報(2014年2月7日)。

The rich enjoy an ample supply of power while the poor bear the full consequences of pollution

Many people advocate eating light food, i.e., food with less oil, less salt, less sugar and less meat. At the same time, they advocate doing more sports, drinking more water, taking better care of their health, providing more services to society and offering more care to others.

But are you aware that 25% of the 7 billion or so people in the world live without any form of power supply, and 40% of them have only limited access on a daily basis?

The fact is only a third of the people on earth enjoy the same levels of power supply that the Taiwanese are accustomed to.

These impoverished people have little choice but to be satisfied with their meagre supply of food, drinking water and power, and any discussion about a vegetarian diet, for example, or sports, keeping fit or the taste of the actual food is largely irrelevant to them.

Not only that, people who have less access to power are more likely to experience environmental pollution compared to people who have access to cheaper power.

The irony is that 70% of the power consumed in the world is generated by coal, natural gas and oil which generate excessive levels of carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide and smog, which cause the pollution that so affects poorer people in the world.

Note that, in addition, people without decent access to power usually suffer different kinds of diseases and lack basic medical facilities, food, education resources and potable water. As a result of such grinding poverty, they usually have shorter-than-average life expectancy.

So we have to ask ourselves, is it fair that people with less access to the world's power supply have to bear more than their fair share of exposure to environmental pollution?

Note:
This article was originally published in Chinese in the United Daily News (7 February, 2014).

February 24, 2014

 

 

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