Identifying the role of youth organizations in environmental protection

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A Round Table of Chinese Environmental Protection Youth Organizations was held in Liupanshui, Guizhou on July 6. Nearly fourty environmental protection organizations attended the conference, discussing the establishment of a coordinated governance system on environmental protection and the role of youth organizations.

Regarding the difficulties for social organizations, the director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs Ma Jun claimed that a deeper trust should be built between social organizations and the government and society. He also pointed out that the Central Communist Youth League was doing a good job of helping environmental organizations to better manage and govern their affairs.

The project leader of Beijing Global Village Liang Yan stated that in order to better engage in environmental protection, organizations should concentrate more on China’s native culture and find a way to promote a mode of environmental protection with Chinese characteristics.

Shen Jiawen, the president of the Environmental Protection Association Union of Shanghai College Students, said that green education should never be neglected: eco-friendly organizations, with distinctive roles to play for the creation of a culture of environmental protection in China, need to start from details and stand on solid ground to promote eco-awareness and the construction of an ecological culture.

Xu Xiao, the executive secretary of the Central Communist Youth League and the vice group leader of Yellow River Protection, also attended the conference. He expressed his hope that the Communist Youth League should provide more services to eco-friendly youth organizations. He also stressed that all local chapters of the Communist Youth League are supposed to leverage their guiding function, establishing a platform for the government to purchase services from environmental organizations and promoting the sound development of these organizations through key members training and model publicity.

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