Earth Day 2017 in China


Earth Day Network kicked off its “Billion Acts of Green” (BAG) campaign again in March to celebrate Earth Day 2017 in China. This campaign was first launched in China last year, and globally in 2011, with more than two billion green acts registered to date.  Governments, civil societies, and concerned citizens have joined together to fight against climate change and to support the environment. This Earth Day, EDN hopes to further broaden the significance of environmental literacy in China.

More than 50 organizations in China have registered their BAG events, covering over 20 provinces and districts. Student groups, schools, and government-affiliated organizations will launch various events including environmental teach-ins, K-12 environmental activities, recycling programs and ecological field trips, etc. Events include:

  • Two environmental research centers from Beijing Normal University will jointly hold an environmental teach-in session with topics in meteorology, ecology, and remote sensing technique. Featured guest speakers include scientists from China Arctic and Antarctic Program and experts on climate change.
  • Volunteers from China University of Mining and Technology will bring a series of fun experiments on the water to elementary and middle schools in Xuzhou, hoping to raise the awareness of water conservation among K-12 students.
  • Shaanxi Volunteer Mothers Association for Environmental Protection is organizing a charity flea market for elementary school kids to auction their old toys. The money raised by auctions will be donated to planting trees in Qinling Mountains.
  • A research team from Tongji Univerisity will conduct surveys and investigations on the air quality in Shandong Province, and use the result to study the Legal System of Interregional Atmospheric Ecological Compensation in Shandong Province.

Earth Day Network is also partnering with the US Embassy in Beijing to host the Earth Day Expo at Beijing American Center. Guest speakers from corporations, NGOs and youth groups will share their professional experience in the environmental industry in China. The event is an excellent learning and networking opportunity for young professionals who want to pursue a future career in green jobs.

“The deepening crisis on the nation’s environment is threatening the safety and health of Chinese people,” says Zengdi Gu, Director of China Programs. “Now is the time to protect the Mother Earth from even the smallest actions. The Earth Day events in China are expecting to reach over 1 million people this year.”

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Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.