In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, a group of students from China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) launched various activities on campus to raise awareness of environmental protection. (Photos of the Earth Day celebration are posted online at http://gallery.mac.com/rperci/10079). These activities were organized mainly by students from CUPL’s School of International Law. The students handed out leaflets and displayed colorful pictures they had made. The pictures stressed the importance of protecting the planet, saving our climate, protecting water resources, and refusing disposable chopsticks and plastic bags. Many students signed their names to a long banner attesting to their determination to protect our earth.
The main organizer, Wang Baomin, emphasized that to save the planet, everyone has to become part of the solution. Starting with small things, everyone can make a difference. These small steps include encouraging students to refuse to use disposable chopsticks and plastic bags. Some students use disposable chopsticks when eating out in some restaurants. It is a waste of resources and contributes to environmental harm. Many students in our school often carry food back to their dormitories in plastic bags, which are then discarded. We hope more students will reuse plastic shopping bags and take their own chopsticks when eating out.
At the end of the day Wang and other volunteers said that though they were a little tired, they were happy by the positive response to their efforts. They pledged to continue these efforts and to cooperate with the students majoring in environmental law to launch more activities in the future.