The Volkswagen scandal could be a powerful tool to destroy public trust to some extent, making people no longer believe in Volkswagen, which reminds me that the similar incident could also take place in other industries of pollution control and environmental protection. As a matter of fact, it is hard to gain profits or even get feedbacks in a short term from investing to the environment. Therefore, it would be hard to engage individuals to donate or invest their earnings in this field that cannot get the results in a rather short period, which might create a gap between the public and the practitioners. In my vision, we need to fill in this gap if we want to engage more people into the field of environmental protection and sustainable development. In other words, we need to create space for transparency, in technologies and the policies.
Education and exhibition about the applied pollution control industries should be open to the public more often to let the public know what the practitioners have done. We could accept the unobvious feedback, but we have to make sure that people are working on the project and pursuing our sustainable future.