Looking back at the progression of international environment developments, it is not difficult to find that environmental awareness movements originated from environmental disasters as a result from the excessive pursuit of economical development. Taiwan is not an exception. In retrospect of Taiwan’s history, how did people on this land get along and interact with the environment? In order to better preserve history, this project aims to develop a thorough record of Taiwan’s environmental progression by collecting and recording the environmental events that have happened on this island.
Academia Historical published “Taiwan’s Historical Compilation of Environmental Movement” in 2006. The compilation mainly focuses on the documentation of popular environmental movements, not including environmental movement data from government departments. This results in presenting an incomplete picture or progression of the environmental movements and developments in Taiwan. In response, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has commissioned Central University to compile a document of “Major Environmental Events in Taiwan, Republic of China” to provide a more well-rounded historical perspective and reference for future environmental research. The content of the compilation will include the history and relevant media information of the EPA and its environmental groups, which will present a more complete picture of Taiwan’s progression in environmental protection.
This project references related information from “Major Environmental Events in Taiwan, Republic of China,” and “Taiwan’s Historical Compilation of Environmental Movement,” namely DuPont, LCY Chemical Corporation, anti-fifth naphtha cracker, anti-sixth naphtha cracker, anti-nuclear protests, the pollution episodes in Tsoliao, Guoguang petrochemical plant complex, thermal power plants in Northern Taolinkou, Pin-Nan industrial area, and oppositions against the construction of golf courses, among ten other major environmental events. Through collecting related environmental information from the media, related information uncovered via internet, government documents and archives from government departments such as the legislative branch, the judicial branch, and the EPA, the content of this compilation project will not only be a record of our progression, but a witness to history.