15 February 2007

A whole new meaning to "going green"

Local officials in Fumin county, China, have given a whole new meaning to "going green." Villagers were surprised last summer when workers began painting a nearby mountain, site of a former quarry, astro-turf green. Not surprisingly in China, the authorities have not explained why.

Some locals believe it's to improve the county's feng shui, others that it's a response to increased attention to the environment. Yet others suggested if the money had been spent on grass and trees, they could have reclaimed a lot more of the mountain.

When asked about the project, a woman from the Fumin county forestry department replied, " I don't have any information on this. You should ask the leader from above." Right. Blame it on the boss.

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