The Songhua Disaster: Is this What it Takes to Learn?

songhua.jpgIronically, disasters such as the massive benezene spill on the Songhua river in China may be the sort of things that China needs to get into shape in terms of environmental policy and protection. The disaster, in classic fashion, was initially covered up, then met with panic, then finally attended to, albeit slowly and late (Time Magazine). International protest, as well as the muffled, but louder than usually permitted, complaints from the thirsty residnets of Harbin, appears to have pushed the Chinese government toward an ever so slightly more public acknowledgement that their country is teetering on the brink of epic scale ecological calamity.
Amazingly, citizen outcry in the streets and in the press has been surprisingly critical of the government response (Business week) . The question is, how many more disasters of this type will it take to see real change?

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

TriplePundit.com has since grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He was instrumental in the creation of TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years as well as an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.