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University students in green pledge at Expo

AS part of a conscious green generation, Chinese university students have pledged to influence more people to adopt a low-carbon lifestyle and environment-friendly behavior.

Students from 11 domestic universities gathered in the USA Pavilion at the World Expo site yesterday to present their green projects, developed over the past one year, as they competed for the Green Cup issued by international student and green organizations.

Each team launched their green projects in line with local characteristics and found sponsorship by themselves. Most students spent a lot of effort in offering courses on environmental protection in local kindergartens, primary and middle schools and universities. Some also visited communities to teach residents how to save energy and resources through recycling and exchange of second-hand goods.

Students from Nottingham University Ningbo China topped the competition launched by AIESEC, the world's largest student organization; Greennovate, a facility promoting sustainable development in China; and FedEx. They received the Green Cup and won 5,000 yuan (US$736).

"Our project is called Hi Green with a focus on campus activities like green recycling, second-hand book exchange and vegetarian picnic," said Jin Ying from the Nottingham University Ningbo China. "We offer bilingual courses at kindergartens, schools and communities to teach them how to protect the earth from themselves. In fact, a mother took her daughter for tree planting after the girl told her family what she had learnt from our lecture."

The team from Shanghai International Studies University focused on the protection of the Yangtze River while the Fudan University team taught the elderly how to make green pesticide from vegetables like onion.

Cheng Cheng from AIESEC said Chinese students are very keen on green activities, but "their project models are almost the same and they lack long-term sponsorship or partners for funding," she added.


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