TRACES: YELLOW RIVER
Industrial Waste. Bayin, Gansu, China. 2011
A view of a slagheap at an industrial site seen from the back garden of a local living on the outskirts of the city. The train tracks lead into the city’s railway station, a 5 minute journey from this scene. A growing public awareness and frustration with environmental pollution has meant that factories failing to meet environmental standards have been shut down by the state. China's roughly two thousand independent environmental NGOs now form the largest segment of the country's civil society. At the same time, the number of student environmental groups on campuses has been on the rise, reaching approximately two hundred across the country. These NGOs make crucial environmental information available to the public, a difficult undertaking in a society whose access to information is often very restricted.