2020 Promotion Meeting of Green Bridge and Green Long March Activity was successfully held in Beijing Forestry University (BFU) on April 3 with the advent of the 36th Capital Tree-planting Day. It was attended by Peng Youdong, deputy director of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA), Yu Yadong, senior inspector of Ideological and Political Work Department of the Ministry of Education, Huang Caiyi, director of the Publicity Office of NFGA, Li Ji, deputy minister of the Central Social Liaison Department of the Communist Youth League (CYL), Wang Hongyuan, secretary of Party committee of BFU, and Sun Xinli, deputy secretary of the Party committee of BFU. Meanwhile, more than 5000 people, including delegates from environmental protection organizations of universities and society, college students as environmental protection volunteers and representatives of news media from all walks of life, participated in and watched in “cloud” interaction the live promotion meeting online on the official microblog platforms of the National Youth Ecological Civilization Education Center and BFU.
In his speech, Wang Hongyuan thanked the leaders and the people from all walks of life for their concern and support of the construction and development of BFU. He pointed out that the Green Bridge and Green Long March Activity, with a theme of “Youth Patriotic Health Movement”, was an effective measure for us to carry out the requirements of General Secretary Xi Jinping on the implementation of the Patriotic Health Campaign. He hoped that environmental protection organizations and young people should take the lead in studying and implementing Secretary Xi’s thoughts on ecological civilization and requirements for the Patriotic Health Campaign, advocating a civilized, healthy and environmental-friendly lifestyle and shouldering the mission and responsibility of the youth in the new era. He claimed that BFU would take the full responsibility of building the National Ecological Civilization Education Center for young people. Firstly, it assumes the mission of a university to promote the ecological civilization education of young people, which is taken as a factor assessing the achievement in improving quality education of talents. Secondly, based on its disciplines’ advantages, it takes achievements of its world-class disciplines’ construction as the theoretical and technological support for developing young people's ecological civilization so as to implement the requirements for the construction of ecological civilization. Thirdly, it builds platforms for practice. While turning the achievements and experience from the youth eco-environmental protection activities over the past 36 consecutive years into practice mode of motivating young people to build a beautiful China, it, following the requirements for demonstration and guidance, organizes and mobilizes more young people to devote themselves to constructing ecological civilization, thus taking the important responsibility to build a beautiful China with green hills and clear waters.
Peng Youdong, deputy director of NFGA, delivered a speech and indicated that the progress of ecological civilization and the development of the forestry and grassland can not move on without the active support of young people. He hoped that young students are passionate nature lovers, writers of the declaration of ecological civilization, advocates of ecological development, civilization and values, as well as practitioners of building a beautiful country. He also encouraged young people to give full play to their technological and intellectual advantages to actively launch various green campaigns in different regions, and explore and practice effective approaches to turning the green hills and clear waters into invaluable assets.
At the meeting, the “Green Bridge Cup” Competition of Art Collection on Youth Environmental Protection was jointly launched by Huang Caiyi, director of the Publicity Office of NFGA, and Yu Yadong, senior inspector of Ideological and Political Work Department of the Ministry of Education. With a theme of “Promoting the Rule of Law, Fasting Wildlife”, it will collect from young people posters, comics, animations, short videos and other works of art on environmental protection.
Memorandum on the Construction of the National Youth Ecological Civilization Education Center was signed by Li Ji, deputy director of the Central Social Liaison Department of the CYL, and Sun Xinli, deputy Party Secretary of BFU in order to further advance the construction of the Education Center entrusted by the Central Committee of CYL to BFU. The Education Center will organize a 2020 national “Cloud Training” for the leading members of national youth environmental protection organizations to improve the theoretical knowledge and working performance of these organizations so as to consolidate consensus and boost coordination.
All participants watched the promotion video of the 2020 Green Bridge and Green Long March Activity. The meeting launched the 2020 Activity and the plan to formulate the youth green behavior index. It is reported that, with a theme of “Protecting the Mother River, Striving to be Young River Protectors”, the youth Green Long March Activity will organize “Young River Protectors” social practice groups and conduct activities such as researches on water environment, beach cleaning activities, green publicity campaigns of river protection and exploration of river culture. The first batch of indicators in the youth green behavior index will focus on surveying the awareness, publicity and practice of garbage classification of young people to create their garbage classification behavior index.
At the meeting, Tengri, national first-class actor and famous singer, Lang Yongchun, well-known host and senior media expert, Xu Chunni and Li Yangwei, famous hostesses of BTV, Tong Wen, judo champion in the Olympics and World Championships, Zhai Xiaochuan, Chinese professional basketball player and captain of the Beijing Jinyu Men’s Basketball Team, all became “Green Volunteer Ambassadors” for the 2020 Green Bridge and Green Long March Activity, and cheered for the youth environmental protection actions through “cloud assistance” videos.
2020 Green Bridge and Green Long March Activity is jointly sponsored by the Leading Group Office of the National Protection Campaign of the Mother River, the Publicity Office of NFGA, and BFU, and organized by the National Youth Ecological Civilization Education Center, Chinese Youth Volunteers Home of Eco-protection, the Environmental Volunteers Association of Capital University Students, and the Communist Youth League Committee of BFU. At the critical moment with the nationwide efforts to fight against the epidemic, the Activities will, under the guidance of Secretary Xi’s thoughts on ecological civilization, motivate people to further study, advocate and implement his important speeches and instructions on COVID-19 prevention and control. It will organize youth ecological civilization educational activities following the theme of “Youth Patriotic Health Movement”in order to guide young students to listen to and follow the Party to help defeat the epidemic and voluntarily devote their talent and strength to national ecological civilization construction and the realization of the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation and people’s aspiration for a better life.
Written by BFU Youth League Committee; Translated by Zhang Yongping