some industry insiders claim, "china which used to be a state on two wheels will some day be a state on four wheels." with the level of life raised, more families will prefer to buy cars. cars provide speed, comfort and convenience in getting around. as the product of modern civilization, cars are likely to play a vital part in daily activities of chinese.obviously, cars, like anything else, have more than one face to families in china. lets have a closer look at the present situation. we may find that though some people can afford them, crowded streets, limited parking lots (停車場) and costly maintenance (保養)are headaches to private car drivers.
although private car drivers have some troubles, driving a car indicates the trend of modern living. with low ta, sufficient highway development and parking lots, cars are bound to be household vehicles with high performance. then private cars will enjoy more popularity.
One day I was on a bus. I found an elderly woman standing in front of me. She had a big bag in her hand. "It's a virtue for a young person to help the old,"I said to myself. When I was standing up to give my seat to the old lady, a young foreigner got up quickly saying, "Please sit down."The old lady thanked him and sat down. She looked very happy.
I was a little embarrassed because I was sitting in the middle of the bus.Suddenly a pregnant woman got onto the bus. I quickly stood up to give up my seat to her. Theforeigner smiled at me. He said that he was an Australian, and was a student studying Chinese culture in China.
Each year there is an increasing number of cars on the roads as millions of new cars are produced. One out of six Americans works at making cars, driving trucks, building roads or filling up gas. Americans couldn't live without cars!
Most Americans would find it hard to imagine life without a car. However, some have realized the serious problem of air pollution caused by cars. The polluted air becomes poisonous and dangerous to health.
One way to get rid of the polluted air is to make a car without pollution. But to build a clean car is easier said than done. Progress in this field is slow.
Another way is to replace car engines with something else. Inventors are now working on steam cars as well as electric cars. Many makers believe that it will take years to develop a practical model for us.
To prevent the world from being polluted by cars, we have to make some changes in our lives. Americans, for example, have to cut down on the number of their total cars.They are encouraged to use bicycles, which are thought to help keep the air clean.
But this change does not come easily. A large number of workers may find themselves without jobs if a car factory cioses down. Thus the problem of air pollution would become less important than that of unemployment. Although cars have led us to a better life, they have also brought us new problems.
The use of the motorcar is becoming more and more widespread in the 21st century.Possessing a car gives a much greater degree of mobility,enabling the driver to move around freely.The car owner is no longer forced to rely on public transport to get about. with the building of good,fast motorways long distances can be covered rapidly and pleasantly.And many people are now able to enjoy their leisure time to the full by making trips to the country or seaside at weekends,instead of being confined to their immediate neighborhood.
When,however,considering the drawbacks,perhaps poilution is of prime problems.As more and more cars are produced and used,so the emission from their ehaust pipes contains an ever larger volume of poisonous gas,which not only pollutes the atmosphere but causes actual harm to the health of people. another serious problem is traffic congestion,endless queuse of cars crawling bumper to bumper through all the main streets.Difficulties in finding parking lots,and the cost of petrol and road ta all add to the driver s worries.
With both of these advantages and disadvantages of the use of a car in mind,I, personally,prefer to have my own car for work and play.I can have a wider choice of jobs as I no longer have to work locally,and I can make better use of my free time by driving out at weekends. the feeling of independence, and the freedom to go where I please, is what I enjoy most.
Protection of the Environment
Once man did not have to think about the protection of his environment. There were few people on the earth, and natural resources seemed to be unlimited.
Today things are different. The world has become too crowded. We are using up our natural resources,and polluting our environment with dangerous chemicals. If we continue to do this, human life on earth will not survive.
We realize that if too many fish are taken from the sea, there will soon be none left. Yet,with modern fishing methods, more and more fish are caught.We know that if too many trees are cut down, forests will disappear. Yet, we continue to use powerful machines to cut down more and more trees. We see that if rivers are polluted with waste products, we will die. Yet, waste products are
still put into rivers.
We know that if the population continues to rise at the present rate, in a few years, there won＇t be enough food.What can we do to solve these problems?
If we eat more vegetables and less meat, there will be more food available. Land for crops feeds five times more people than land where animals are kept.
Our natural resources will last longer if we learn to recycie them.
The world population will not rise so quickly if people use modern methods of birth control.
Finally, if we educate people to think about the problems we shall have a better and cleaner planet in the future.