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Concerns of growth at cost of environment

Updated: 2013-08-26 23:55
By ZHENG CAIXIONG ( China Daily)

Most urban residents worry that China's economic growth will come at the cost of its environment, according to the results of a survey released on Monday.

Of more than 3,000 urban residents interviewed by telephone nationwide in July, 78 percent said they care about the country's economic development. However, 71 percent said they worry the country's fast growing economy will destroy or damage the environment, according to the survey conducted by Guangzhou-based Canton Public Opinion Research Center. All interviewees were older than 16.

Another 62 percent said they believe the country's economic growth will have little impact on improving people's living standards.

As the country's economic growth shows signs of a slowdown, 49 percent said they worry their lives will be affected while 44 percent said they are not worried at all.

Fifty-one percent of low-income earners and 55 percent of middle-income earners worried their quality of life would be affected by the slowdown.

Peng Peng, a senior researcher with the Guangzhou Academy of Social Sciences, said people's concerns about the economic slowdown and the worsening environment are reasonable.

"A slowdown is obvious this year and the country's environment is becoming worse and worse," Peng said.

"Government departments have to seek a balance between economic development and environmental protection," he said.

Peng said relevant departments should introduce more effective measures to ensure the unemployment rate does not rise and to keep prices from rising.

He said companies should further upgrade industrial and production methods to reduce emissions and pollution while developing the economy.

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