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7. What local actions would reduce environmental vulnerability and injustice in this setting?

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 2:18am

Monitoring

 

Local action (link1) (link2) (link3)

 

Law for Taisi villagers to get compensation (but lack of strategy for bureaucrats)

 

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6. How have environmental problems in this setting been reported by media, environmental groups, companies and government agencies?

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 2:17am

Media coverage of the exhibition "Where the South Wind Blows"

Interview by PTS- Our Island (link1) (link2)、THE REPORTER (link1) (link2)

2012: PTS  photographer 鍾聖雄came to document village in the shadow the factory

 

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5. What have different stakeholder groups done (or not done) in response to the problems in this case?

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 2:16am

Smelling the pollution 

Government initiated monitoring infrastructure not from the very beginning but only after the explosions

Ms Hsu’s family is respected, leading the talks between villagers and company  

Support by Mayor Ko

Asked the local councilors to take action (2002)

Protests

Photo collection, press conference, organized villagers to go to Taipei (they were more excited about the high speed rail?); visit and signature by the Vice president Chen 陳建仁

Ask the EPA to set up monitor (moving) 

“Number” system for reporting explosion/illegal emission

Witness Theatre

Exhibition in national museums 

Protest against the No. 8, especially after two  2010 explosions 

2005: Prof. Chang swimming naked; publishing 

Formosa Plastics: released two press releases after the exhibition, arguing that 1) people live long and 2) blaming individual behaviors (smoking? Drinking? betel nut?)

2010: Formosa starts investing in Mailiao 

2020: investigation into the reg

 

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4. Who are stakeholders, what are their characteristics, and what are their perceptions of the problems?

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 2:12am

No action by locals before the proposed No. 8 complex

Old Villagers (farmers, 100/280+ more than 80 years old.

Department of Hygiene

Young population moving to the city, and thinking about compensation

Formosa Plastics: You see the light, you see the money

Changhua Environmental Protection Union (彰化環保聯盟): learning about Formosa pollution issues after  a tour of the No. 5 complex

 

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2. What environmental health threats (from explosions, everyday pollution, climate change, etc ) are there in this setting?

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 2:05am
  • Air pollution
  • Cancer Rates 
  • Decrease of watermelon production (from two harvesting seasons down to one; less revenue from wholesalers)
  • Flooding (yearly worship ritual to prevent the floods
  • Dioxin in duck eggs (not directly related to Formosa, but important controversy about lack of regulation)
  • Illegal factories near a elementary school (西港國小   / 頂庄國小 )
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1. What is the setting of this case? What are its assets?

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 2:04am

Changhua Environmental Protection Union (彰化環保聯盟)


Photo gallery (台西村影像館)

Water-Worshipping Rites of the Choushui River Watershed

"Given a lot of attention in recent years is the "Taixi Village Bai Xi Wang" in Dacheng Township in Changhua County, taking place on the 16th day of the 7th lunar calendar month. Residents of Taixi Village shoulder offerings carried on poles, and in bamboo baskets to the embankment by the Choushui River, praying to the heavens, to the earth, and to the river god. So far, most village residents still hoist traditionally woven bamboo baskets for their offerings with just a handful reverting to using plastic baskets and containers. About half of the village residents still cook their own food offerings, mostly comprised of vegetarian meals, place-holder molds of the three sacrifices (pig, chicken, and fish-shaped bread loaves), fruit. Some also offer cookies or other biscuits, instant noodle packages, and canned foods for their main offerings. The ritual is carried out for about two hours, starting from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm. At the end of the ceremony, everyone present goes down to the river-side wall of the embankment to burn joss paper money. After finishing the ceremony, the residents take their offerings back home."

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