Keyword: Environment

The Snowland Great Rivers Environmental Protection Association: the first environmental NGO in the Tibetan plateau

The Snowland Great Rivers Environmental Protection Association: the first environmental NGO in the Tibetan plateau

The Snowland Great Rivers Environmental Protection Association (SGR) is the first environmental NGO in Qinghai province. It registered in Yushu (Qinghai) in 2001, and became a provincial environmental NGO in 2008. This year the Sanjiangyuan National Park officially became its professional supervisory unit. The Sanjiangyuan (literally “source of three rivers”) is the area of the Tibetan plateau where the sources of Asia’s three great rivers, the Yangtze, the Yellow river and the Mekong are located. The SGR mainly focuses on water source protection, zero waste and rural construction, and promotes a mode of natural resource management and protection mainly based on communities. Over the past eighteen years, the SGR has cultivated 75 …read more

Report on the state of environmental protection in China

A recent report by the Chinese branch of Ford Better World analyses the situation regarding environmental protection and nature reserves in China and worldwide. The report stresses that according to WWF’s living planet index (LPI), the global wildlife population will decrease 67% by 2020 compared with 1970, meaning that the overall situation for environmental protection can hardly be seen as optimistic. With intensified environmental degradation, continued climate change and the increased risk of species extinction, new efforts are required all over the world. A key nation in environmental protection, China has 2750 nature reserves (including 474 national nature reserves), which take up 14.8% of the national territory. Currently, nature reserves of various types …read more

2018 Global Climate Action Summit: China pavilion under the spotlight

2018 Global Climate Action Summit: China pavilion under the spotlight

The opening ceremony of the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit was held in San Francisco on September 13. Hosted by the state government of California, the summit lasted for three days. The event included a China pavilion covering multiple areas, including local actions, carbon markets, climate investment and finance, renewable energy and energy efficiency, zero-emission vehicles and the business climate. On September 12 a “Global action on climate change” proposal was officially launched in the China pavilion. The proposal was jointly sponsored by ten Chinese charities, foundations and research centres, including the SEE Foundation, the Lao Niu Foundation, the Yan Bao Charity Foundation, the Qiaonyu Foundation, the Vanke Foundation, the Institute of Science …read more

Chinese music festival pledges to produce zero waste

Chinese music festival pledges to produce zero waste

This year’s edition of the MTA (Music, Technology and Art) Festival, held in May in Hebei province, can lay claim to be the greenest music festival ever to have taken place in China. Thanks to the efforts of one Chinese environmentalist, not only did the festival draw inspiration from Japan’s Fuji Music Festival, often called the “cleanest music festival in the world”, but it also made a few new advancements of its own.   Every May, for the past three years the MTA festival, which showcases a fusion of music, technological experiences, multimedia art performances and art installations, has been held in the Huailai Scenic Area in Hebei Province. On …read more

10 Years on from the Ban on Free Plastic Bags

10 Years on from the Ban on Free Plastic Bags

A decade after the Chinese government took the step of banning free plastic shopping bags, a report by the Zero Waste Alliance looks at what has changed on the ground.

Let's visit Beijing's first eco-community!

Let’s visit Beijing’s first eco-community!

Recently many people have been posting articles about the most environmentally friendly village in Japan, Kamikatsu, saying wouldn’t it be good if there was something like this in China? Did you know that there is also an environmentally friendly village in Beijing? It’s Changping’s Xinzhuang Village (辛庄村). In this village, not only do they practice clean environmental protection and no littering, there is also a vegetarian restaurant and every first Saturday of the month there is an environmental market! Join us and experience the village with us! Guests are welcomed to the village to the sound of the African drum music which accompanies you around the market. Even though the market …read more

Multiple measures taken in Tibet to clean up the trash on Mount Everest

Multiple measures taken in Tibet to clean up the trash on Mount Everest

Since the beginning of this year, authorities in Tibet have taken multiple measures to remove the waste left by hikers on Mount Everest. From the 1950s onward, human activity in the Mount Everest area has led to the dumping of all kinds of rubbish, including food packages, bottles, tents, oxygen tanks and human faeces. According to the UNEP’s previous estimate, a few hundred tons of waste have been abandoned in the region. Nyima Cering, Deputy Director of the Tibetan Sports Administration, explained that with the popularization of mountain climbing and tourism, the already fragile  ecological system of the area is approaching its limit. An environmental protection squad has been set up by the administration …read more

Administrative detention of environmental protection worker Lei Ping officially withdrawn

Administrative detention of environmental protection worker Lei Ping officially withdrawn

On the 29th of May 2018, after environmental protection worker Lei Ping sued the Public Security Bureau of Xinyi city, in Guangdong province, for their decision to place her under 10-day administrative detention, it was announced that the police had withdrawn the decision, and the two parties had reached a settlement in court. Earlier this year Lei Ping, a volunteer with the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF), was detained by the local police for “spreading rumors and disrupting public order” after she posted a report online about a local quarry polluting that was the environment. The news of her detention attracted public attention on the internet, and people …read more

Two Japanese NGOs working on desert greening in Inner Mongolia officially registered

Two Japanese NGOs working on desert greening in Inner Mongolia officially registered

The Inner Mongolian Administrative Office of Overseas NGOs presented two Japanese NGOs, the Ethics Research Institute and the Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement-International (一般社团法人伦理研究所 and 公益财团法人奥伊斯嘉), with their registration certificates. The director of the Administrative Office of Overseas NGOs and the director of the State Administration of Forestry of the Inner Mongolia autonomous region were both present and took part in the discussions. The director of the Administrative Office congratulated the two NGOs and expressed that the Inner Mongolian Administrative Office of Overseas NGOs would continue to offer their support and maintain good relations with foreign NGOs working in civil society in Inner Mongolia. He expressed his hope that …read more

Report shows Beijing public's environmental awareness growing

Report shows Beijing public’s environmental awareness growing

A think tank known as Tsingyan Research (清研智库) recently published a report on the Beijing Public’s Environmental Awareness from 2013 to 2017. The report claims that public environmental awareness, levels of environmental education and environmental responsibility have all increased.   According to the study, public knowledge of environmental issues and of ways to combat pollution has noticeably increased, and the public’s understanding of the causes of pollution has also become more objective. When asked about the causes of pollution, respondents stated that the increased pollution in autumn and winter is from “the increased use of heating mechanisms”, and stated “the increased pollution production is beyond the capacity of the environment”, “the lack of wind …read more

The Bulk House and China's Zero Waste Movement

The Bulk House and China’s Zero Waste Movement

The Zero Waste movement has a growing number of followers in China. A young entrepreneur has now opened a store that follows its principles in the centre of Beijing.

Shanghai's charity Walkathon commits to Zero Waste initiative

Shanghai’s charity Walkathon commits to Zero Waste initiative

The 8th annual E.G.G Walkathon (一个鸡蛋的暴走) took place in Shanghai on the 12th of May. This year nearly 4000 people took part in the 50 kilometre walkathon in aid of children’s charities in China. Over the previous seven years 43.48 million RMB has been raised for 264 children’s charities in 24 provinces, helping over 380,000 children. This year’s walkathon has already raised over 9.83 million RMB. Other than raising money for charity, this year’s Walkathon also committed to the practice of zero waste. Friends of Nature (自然之友), China’s oldest environmental NGO, partnered in carrying out the event’s waste management. According to data they provided, over the course of the walk more than 20 …read more

Shanghai trials plan for environmentally-friendly food deliveries

According to a Caixin report, the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision issued a standard on April 27 requiring food delivery companies to use environmentally friendly laminated paper bowls, rather than plastic containers that degrade with difficulty. In addition, the delivery bags will also have to change: the standard provides three options for the food delivery companies to replace the traditional plastic bags, including paper bags, biodegradable bags and textile bags. The new standard was jointly drafted by the Shanghai Association of Food Contact Materials and major food delivery companies, including Meituan, Ele.me and Baidu Waimai. It was revised five times before being passed. After it is implemented, the …read more

Environmentalists tip-off authorities over toxic waste in Lanzhou

Environmentalists tip-off authorities over toxic waste in Lanzhou

It has transpired that a tip-off to the Lanzhou Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB) led a company to hastily dig up some industrial waste which they had dumped in a remote valley in Gansu province, the night after the tip-off was made. The industrial waste they dug up was made up of waste cathode carbon blocks, a vital component of electrolytic aluminium. According to the Directory of National Hazardous Waste 《国家危险废物名录》released by the Ministry of Environment Protection in 2016, the residue of electrolytic aluminium is categorized as “T”, meaning toxic. The tip-off was provided by Guan He, a member of the “fresh air guards” (好空气保卫侠), an environmental organization. After a first tip-off in September, …read more

Young Hong Kong man turns kitchen waste into beautiful natural dyes

Young Hong Kong man turns kitchen waste into beautiful natural dyes

A graduate of the Open University of Hong Kong who has turned more than six tons of food waste into natural dyes has recently been earning attention all over Hong Kong. Over the past seven years the graduate (named Eric) and a group of his friends have spent a lot of time collecting food waste, like rotten cabbages and leftover onions, at markets or grocery stores, and turning the waste into environmentally friendly dyes to create beautiful cloths. Having majored in environmental studies, Eric has always cared about the environmental issues around him, and he started to think about the problem of kitchen waste early in 2010. The enormous waste of food …read more

Singles' Day sales pass $25 billion mark, but worries expressed regarding its environmental effects

Singles’ Day sales pass $25 billion mark, but worries expressed regarding its environmental effects

This year the sales figures for China’s annual Singles’ Day have surpassed the $25 billion mark (168.2 billion yuan), making it the world’s largest retail event. Singles’ Day is held on November 11 every year, as the date 11/11 represents a collection of singles. The concept was originally started by university students, and it was meant for bachelors to buy themselves presents. It is now mainly promoted by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, which does not sell goods directly but offers a platform for online stores; other sprawling shopping platforms such as JD.com also join in the festival. During the 24-hour period, online businesses offer steep discounts for most of their products. …read more

The Shangri-La Institute for Sustainable Communities: an Interview with Lucy Binfield

The Shangri-La Institute for Sustainable Communities: an Interview with Lucy Binfield

An interview with Lucy Binfield from the Shangri-La Institute of Sustainable Communities, an NGO that works to promote education for sustainable development in China.

A perspective on China's ban on importing foreign waste

A perspective on China’s ban on importing foreign waste

This July, China announced a ban on the import of 24 types of solid waste by the end of the year, with the motivation of protecting its environmental interests and the public’s health. Three month into the new regulations, Hu Boyang from Narada Insight shared his perspective on the ban. China has been a top destination for waste for years, importing garbage from around the world for recycling to secure cheap commodities for manufacturers, at the risk however of severe environmental costs. To elaborate Hu takes Guiyu, the notorious E-Waste town in Guangdong, as an example: the considerable profits from the recycling of electronics has brought thousands of workshops to …read more