Voting might be something that we take for granted (unless it's the Engadget Awards, song requests, or American Idol) but everyone likes to take a stand for something and have their opinion heard. Residents from Xiamen, a city in the southeastern province of China, protested the building of a new chemical plant by sending over one million text messages to the city government. The chemical plant would produce paraxylene which is used in production of plastics, polyester and film. The Center for Disease Control states that the stuff could be dangerous in long term exposure, even causing death and or affecting the central nervous system. Needless to say, the council decided to halt construction after "careful deliberation."

[Via textually.org]

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Construction of chemical plant halted by 1M text messages