"In ecological protection, progress comes only through action, and success only through persistence. We must take a firm and unrelenting approach in this work, to ensure we always have blue skies, lucid waters, and sustainable development." Premier Li Keqiang has stated in the Report on the Work of the Government at the Third Session of the 12th National People’s Congress on March 5, 2015. “Ecological civilization” and ”environment protection” have been the hot words during national Two Sessions and the focused topic of Hunan delegation's discussion. Let Rednet editors tell you what achievements in ecological and environmental protection Hunan have made recently till this Spring.
Hunan Create New Ecological Environment of Blue Skies and lucid waters
Hunan forest coverage rate reaches 59.5% , Xu and Du Call for More Volunteer Tree Planting
(In the morning of March 18, Xu Shousheng, Secretary of Hunan Provincial Party Committee, the provincial standing committee director and Du Jiahao, Governor and Deputy Secretary of Hunan CPC come to Lei Feng Park to take part in the voluntary tree-planting.)
Xu Shousheng said that tree planting should be fine managed to ensure that every tree planted can survive. At the same time, we should combine voluntary tree-planting with the integration of urban and rural greening construction to construct urban-rural integration forest ecosystem.
According to the statistics of the forestry sector, the number of Hunan people joining the voluntary tree planting has reached 800 million and 3.996 billion trees are planted. With the development of the voluntary tree planting activity, Hunan’s ecological environment has been improved a lot. At present, the provincial forest coverage reaches 59.57%, urban park green land area per capital reaches 8.38 square meters,the greening rate of built up area reaches 34.11%.
Xu said that sound ecological environmental is the fairest public products, the most favored well-being of the people's livelihood. We should continue to promote voluntary tree planting, make more efforts to increase forest resource, enhance resource environmental bearing capacity and ecological products supply ability, constantly live up to people’s expectation for fresh air, clean water and sound environment. [Full story]
Governor Du Jiahao investigate the quality of Xiangjiang River
Du Jiahao, the deputy of the National People’s Congress and the governor of Hunan province, answered a question about the treatment of Xiangjiang River’s pollution on March 5, the open day of Hunan delegation during the 3rd session of the 12th CPPCC National Committee. He told the reporter a funny story that his questions on investigating water pollution of Xiangjiang River had been regarded as "silly questions" by average citizens of Changsha.
Du said with a smile that he was riding a bicycle alone, from the central Changsha city to the north of Xiangjiang River,on the second day of Chinese new year, which took him two hours'ride from Yingpan Road to suburbs. Along his ride, he talked with some citizens who were fishing by the side of Xiangjiang River. When Du asked one person, “can you get fishes here?”, he answered that my question was silly, and he said ,"if I cannot get fish by fishing, why would I be here? “ Therefore, I asked him how much fish he has fished a day usually, and he said a dozen ponds at least, and sometimes 50 pounds at most. "This is the data I have got by average citizens," said Du.
Du said that the achievements of pollution treatment in Hunan was attributed to the three "Three-year-plan Action". The major work of the first three-year plan is blocking off the source of polluted sewage flowing to Xiangjiang River, which is undergoing by now. The second three-year-plan is banning living sewage to Xiangjiang River, and the excrement of animals is the third three-year-plan. And the first plan has been substantially realized by the end of last year.
The Construction of Ecological Civilization
Hunan Celebrates World Water Day 2015
March 22, 2015 is the 23rd World Water Day, and March 22 to 28 is the 28th China Water Week. The Water Saving Office of Hunan Province initiated an activity to mark the two events on Orange Isle on March 22, calling for the preservation and safety of water. After the ceremony, more than 120 volunteers rode bikes and gave out water conservation brochures to tourists for free.
Hunan Province has limited water resources but great potential for water saving. Zhan Xiaoan, director of the Department of Water Resources of Hunan Province, said that the state has been implementing the strictest water resources management system, stipulating a red line for Hunan: the total water consumption of the province shall be curbed to an annual rate within 36 billion cubic meters by 2030. [Full story ]
College Students Test Water Quality of Xiangjiang River to Mark World Water Day
To celebrate the World Water Day, volunteers from the "mother river protection team" of University of South China in Hunan tested the water quality of the Xiangjiang River, mother river of Hunan, on March 19. The team, devoted to monitoring and protecting the Xiangjiang River, has been honored one of the “Top 10 National Public Welfare Associations for Environmental Protection” by the Communist Youth League of China and the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the PRC. [Full story]
Save energy and cut waste
Zhuzhou has been the first city of electric public transit in China
Zhuzhou has been the first city of electric public transit in China, which could save around 2.2 million liters of gasline and reduce about 15 thousand tons of harmful emissions . The total distance of green buses' transit covers more than 45.66 million kilometers in Zhuzhou city, with the capacity of carring 115.54 million customers, oil conservation with an average rate of 15% and 2.2 million tons every year, as well as the reduction of 14.73 thousand tons of harmful emissions like CO2. The people of Zhuzhou praised that the buses has changed “engine” and the city has changed “lung”.
空气质量 Air quality长沙防治大气污染打出“组合拳”
Symthetic managements of air pollution in Changsha City
(湖南空气质量达标天数上升长株潭比前年上升7.2%。 Good air quaility days of Hunan in lasts year raises 7.2% of the year of 2013)
In recent years, people have an increasing concern of the air pollution. According to the Environmental Protection Department in Hunan, the rate of days for reaching air quality standards in 6 cities in Hunan has reached 67.4% under the new monitoring standard. The rate in the district of Changsha, Zhuzhou, Xiangtan has raised by 7.2%.
红网英文频道综合报道 编译：李莎宁 实习生 张桂琪