(BEIJING, April 7) -- On Monday morning, elementary school students in Beijing took part in the fourth session of a "Green Olympics" activity aimed at promoting water conservation. This time, the "Save a bucket of water, let the flowers of the Olympics bloom" activity welcomed the most number of participants thus far.
In the past three years, the environmental protection activity has been promoted in fifteen cities nationally, with over 100,000 students in total taking part in the events. This year's activity focused on helping children realize that it's the little things that count, encouraging them to become "little Green volunteers" through conserving water whenever possible. Organizers of the event focused on showing students how to save water during their daily routines, emphasizing empowerment so that the children were willing and able to start conserving water voluntarily.
The activity promotes water conservation by pointing out to children the daily ways in which water may be conserved. Planners hoped to encourage good conservation habits with children, explaining that water can be reused and recycled, and that even rainwater can be stored up for later use. Children will be encouraged to give written voice to what they have learned; these and the children's dreams for a "Green Olympics" will possibly be displayed in the Olympic Village in August.
Students were given gifts of wristlets by Wang Yue, deputy secretary of Beijing's Youth League. The green wristlets, representing "smile, promise, and environmental protection," are given to Olympic volunteers that strive for a "Green Olympics."
The Coca-Cola company also offered gifts to the youngsters. Small plants were given to each child, the variety of which were chosen specifically because of its compatibility to Beijing's climate.
Yu Xiaoxuan, deputy director of BOCOG Construction and Environment Department, explained that Beijing is a city that does not have a plentiful supply of water, so conserving water is not only a need for 2008, the year of the Olympic Games in the capital, but rather a long-term strategy that must be continued with the help of residents. Yu encouraged grassroots movements, pushing residents to continue conservation work to develop environmental protection work in the future.
In 2005, the jointly cooperative efforts of several organizations, including Youth First and Coca-Cola (China), gave birth to the first such activity, promoted throughout elementary schools in the capital's 18 districts and counties.
On May 10, 2006, the second "Save a bucket of water" activity was participated in by over 1,000 young students throughout the city.
Last year, on April 19, over 1,400 Beijing elementary and middle school students, as well as children from 15 other cities throughout the nation (including Olympic co-host cities) participated in the activity.