Foul river water, air pollution, shrinking vegetation,
endangered species, dried rivers, cities surrounded by trashes,
desertification, ozone holes……, these shocking environmental
disasters are eroding the increasingly weaker ecological
To conserve the beauty of nature is no doubt the responsibility
for each of us living on the earth. Therefore, this statement
generates the concept of "green consumption".
The theme of green was put forward by the Earth Summit in Rio de
Janeiro in 1992. Six years later, in 1998, 18 Chinese
ministerial-leveled departments jointly launched a long-term
project to boost the food safety. The project is called "Three
Greens Project", namely building green channels, developing green
market and promoting green consumption. In the same year, the
Beijing Municipal Government launched another project with a
"green" them, called "Volunteers Action for Green".
The green concept is spreading and has been infiltrated in
people's daily life in terms of energy saving,
environmental-friendly consuming, recycling, garbage classifying,
and nature conserving. People can now consciously use
energy-efficient products, buy pollutant-free vegetable, and taking
buses instead of driving private cars. As is currently the case,
green consumption and being a volunteer for environmental
protection have been attached with a fashionable label. But ---
Would you refuse to use throwaway chopsticks and food boxes in
Would you take cloth or paper bags with you when doing shopping
and refuse to use the plastic bags offered by sellers?
Would you classify the garbage you generated and pay attention
to the "recyclable" and "unrecyclable" labels on garbage cans when
you discarding them?
Would you reduce the dates of driving private cars by one day a
year for the sake of decreasing auto emissions?
Would you persist in moderate consumption and uphold natural,
healthy and sustainable living ways?
How many "yes" have you given to the above questions? It has
been eight years since the concept of green was introduced to the
country. How far away is absolute green consumption from us?
The public, the ultimate force to solve China's
Recent years, increasingly more green warriors such as Li Haiyang and Chen Kaifeng and green NGOs have emerged in
On Aug. 13, volunteers were organized by environmental NGOs
including WWF, Friends of Nature, and Global Village of Beijing to
check whether the temperature controlled by air conditioners inside
public architectures such as hotels and restaurants were set at
26C, a level set by government to save energy. Meanwhile, they were
advocating to the masses to economically use the air conditioners
at home. Such temperature checking activities were held
simultaneously in other Chinese major cities, and the results are
satisfactory, said the organizers.
On Sept. 2, an inaugural ceremony was held in Beijing to mark
the kick-off of this year’s selection of Green China Warriors.
Jackie Chan, action movie celebrity and also vice-chairman of China
Environment Culture Promotion Association, addressed in the
ceremony. He urged everyone in the audience to actively participate
in environmental protection, striking to be warriors for a green
Xiamen, coastal city in south China's Fujian Province, launched the city's second No
Plastic Bag Day on Sept. 5. Echoing Xiamen, Haikou, capital city of
southernmost China's Hainan Province, also saw volunteers on the
streets preaching pedestrians to use less plastic bags on the same
Just as Pan Yue, vice minister of the State Environmental
Protection Administration, has said, the ultimate force to solve
China's environmental problems lies in the public, or in another
word, every ordinary people. Chinese people are approaching the
absolute green consumption step by step.
(China.org.cn by Zhang Tingting, November 5, 2007)