Actually, the Chinese are making some great strides forward in green and sustainable living.
China’s renewable energy revolution is powering ahead, with the year 2013 marking an important inflection point where the scales tipped more towards electric power generated from water, wind and solar than from fossil fuels and nuclear. This means that its energy security is being enhanced, while carbon emissions from the power sector can be expected to soon start to fall.
China’s energy revolution, which underpins its transformation into the world’s largest manufacturing system (the new “workshop of the world”), continues to astonish all observers, and terrify some. China is known widely as the world’s largest user and producer of coal, and the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. This is true. Less noticed has been the fact that China is also building the world’s largest renewable energy system – which by 2013 stood at just over 1 trillion kilowatt-hours – already nearly as large as the combined total of electrical energy produced by the power systems of France and Germany.
No, but I did give up on my driving commute and moved close to work. I also gave up driving to work and now bike and walk to work regularly. I gave up a lot of meat which is a very environmentally friendly thing. I gave up my roof to Solar City's lease program and now I feed electricity back in to the grid and make money. I gave up a bunch of CFL lightbulbs for LED's. I want to give up my desktop computer for a laptop (much less electricity). I gave up throwing all my food waste into the garbage and now i compost much of it. I could go on but I think you'll get my point.