Really?! No, not really. But an article on China.org.cn went to great pains on April 1st to try to fool us into believing as much. Here's a quick overview of their ficticious ten-year plan:
China: Painted White to Fight Global Warming?
- The roofs of all government buildings will be painted white, and individuals and companies who do the same will be monetarily compensated.
- The nation's roads will be resurfaced with an experimental white mixture.
- Government employees will be required to wear white clothing and hats. Jean-Paul Gaultier has been consulted for the designs.
- Biological engineering will be used to change color of crops to white.
Now I tend to dislike all this online April Foolery because that's the day when the internet is at it's absolute worst. If you have trust issues with using the web as a news source, you're especially going to hate it on April 1st. It's absolutely intolerable.
That said, I do find it refreshing in China. Because if anybody needs a good dose of humor it's the Chinese media. And while this paint-it-white article wasn't too bad, there was a much funnier faux headline that came out of Taiwan entitled 'Pandemonium Breaks out at Taipei Zoo.' Check that one out for a real laugh.