Broad Participation

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V. Broad Participation

Climate change has attracted ever-increasing attention since 2014, and the concept of green low-carbon development is gradually accepted in all sectors of society from government to business and from the media to the public. The degree of social participation in addressing climate change sees a steady rise.

(I) Enhanced Guidance by Government

NDRC together with relevant departments organized National Low Carbon Day and National Energy Conservation Week activities in 2015, held the Third Shenzhen International Forum on Low Carbon City, sub-forum "Global Low-Carbon Transformation and Green Industry Opportunities" of International Forum on Ecological Civilization in Guiyang, the First US-China Climate-Smart/ Low-Carbon Cities Summit, Forum on Low-Carbon Energy Cities and other activities, which achieved good publicity effects. MOT organized the Bus Travel Week activity, and announced the first batch of 30 green recycling low-carbon demonstration projects in transportation industry. MHRUD organized the Ninth China Car Free Day in Cities event in 2015 to call on people to reduce car travels, attracting the participation of a total of 188 cities and counties. The Ministry of Education implemented energy-saving renovation in 18 colleges and universities, carried out such theme activities as "Water and Electricity Saving Week", and organized college students to undertake social practice and science and technology competitions in energy conservation and emission reduction themed "Energy Conservation, Green Energy". Civil Aviation Administration took industry institutions as a platform, and held the first training and seminars on quantified management of airline energy conservation and emission reduction. China Meteorological Administration made the multilingual video on climate change "To Address Climate Change - China in Action (2014)." The Ministry of Commerce (MOC), together with NDRC and the Central Propaganda Department, issued Notice on Carrying out Low-Carbon, Energy-Saving and Green Circulation Actions to promote green ideas in circulation field. NBS prepared A Training Textbook for Climate Change Addressing Statistics, and offered training in climate change addressing statistics for professionals in the local statistics departments. National Health and Family Planning Commission promoted the publicity and education on climate change and health through thematic lectures, posters, etc. to improve public response to heat waves and other extreme weather conditions. MIIT offered training courses on climate change addressing capacity building to improve the scientific and technological capacity in addressing climate change, and held publicity and education activities on climate change to encourage the public to take practical actions to address climate change.

(II) Proactive Actions of Corporation

China Ocean Shipping (Group) Corporation practiced the requirements and principles of "the United Nations Global Compact", fulfilled its social commitment, actively built itself into a sea-protecting, resource-saving and environment-friendly enterprise, reduced fuel consumption and emissions, implemented energy conservation accountability, encouraged full participation, and kept promoting energy conservation. China Power Investment Group focused on investment in new energy sectors, accelerated the construction of new energy bases, and strived to practice low-carbon green growth policies. State Grid Corporation actively built a platform for the development and utilization, efficient distribution and safe operation of clean energies, and supported the construction of large renewable energy bases and the innovation and development of distributed energies. China National Petroleum Corporation vigorously promoted the efficient use of natural gas and the upgrading of gasoline and diesel quality, increased the supply of high quality, high value-added products, practiced low-carbon production and operation, and applied resources saving to every aspect. Always sticking to the principle of low carbon and energy conservation, Haier conducted LED energy conservation renovation, apartment residual heat recovery, green performance and other activities. In the first 4 years of the 12th Five-Year Plan period, SASAC appropriated a total of about 20 billion Yuan of state-owned capital management budget to support corporate energy conservation and emission reduction. The investment of central enterprises in energy conservation and emission reduction totaled over 200 billion Yuan, and saved about 146 Mtce accumulatively, equivalent to reducing carbon dioxide emissions by about 350 Mtons. By the end of 2014, Vanke sponsored "Green Low-Carbon Future of the City" at China Corner on UN climate conference in Peru, announced the donation of 10,000 haloxylon sapling trees to Alxa SEE welfare organizations, and set up "Haloxylon Forest of Lima Chinese Firm Day". BYD, the world's largest rechargeable battery maker and electric vehicle leader, actively promoted low-carbon and zero-emission new energy vehicles to the world.

(III) Active Participation of Public

Extensive publicity by media. Since 2014, Xinhua News Agency, People's Daily, China Central Television, China Radio International, China Daily, China News Agency and many other news media paid great attention to the key events to address climate change including UN climate summit, the Sino-US joint statement on climate change, the climate conference in Lima, and China's intended nationally determined contribution documents, and made full use of pictures, texts, videos and other forms for comprehensive coverage, which created a good atmosphere for public opinion.

Vigorous promotion by NGOs. China Green Carbon Foundation and other institutions jointly organized the "Media Classroom to Address Climate Change" campaign to provide media reporters the training in knowledge on climate change, and selected outstanding works in this campaign in 2014. National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation joined hands with Public Weather Service Center of China Meteorological Administration in carrying out the scientific investigation and public science publicity activity themed "Address Climate Change, Record China". China Association for NGO Cooperation, Guangzhou Association for NGO Development Cooperation, and Shijiazhuang Low-Carbon Society jointly organized climate change training for secondary school teachers in China. China Youth Climate Action Network (CYCAN) hosted the Seventh International Youth Summit on Energy and Climate Change. All-China Environment Federation launched the initiative "To Guard Blue Sky and Clean Water" for the whole country. State Information Center, China Association for NGO Cooperation Green Travel Fund, China Low Carbon Action League, and Shenzhen Municipal Government jointly carried out the "Low-Carbon China Tour 2015" action, and organized news media to report the status and experience of low-carbon development in China. China Green Carbon Foundation established the "Zero-Carbon Creative Pavilion" to attract public participation through advocacy and experience. During the "Earth Hour" event in 2015, WWF encouraged people to turn off unnecessary lights and other power equipment, and take their own practical actions to address climate change.

Active participation of the public. Participating in the various forms of education, training and other activities on climate change, the public enhanced their awareness of addressing climate change, practicing low-carbon development, energy conservation and emission reduction, and improved their consciousness of active participation in addressing climate change. More and more people began to consciously choose low-carbon diet, low-carbon living and low-carbon travel as their daily lifestyle. Energy conservation and emission reduction special events were held extensively into households, communities and schools throughout the country to call on people to cherish the concept of "saving" in their work and life. Moreover, relying on WeChat, microblog and other network platforms, the public acquired the knowledge on climate change and practiced low-carbon development through WeChat public numbers and microblogging discussion.

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