Video: My Low-carbon Life: A new trend

17:55, May 24, 2010      

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Following the Copenhagen Conference, China set a target of cutting the nation's carbon intensity by 45 percent by 2020 compared with the level of 2005. Energy conservation and carbon reduction has become a challenge for the government and people of China. We start a special series called "My Low-carbon Life". We profile the small activities that could create big change in society. In our first episode, reporter Han Bin finds out that low-carbon lifestyle has become a trend among certain groups of people.

And tomorrow in our "My Low Carbon Life", our reporter Liu Ming will take us to visit an ordinary Beijing resident's house. He will show us how the concept of low-carbon living is being integrated into people's every day life.

Checking expire dates.

Lin Hui always selects products with longer shelf life when he shops. He says this is to reduce waste and ultimately reduce greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide.

He believes consumer attitudes can change methods of production, and encourage people to live a low-carbon lifestyle.

Lin said, " Paper cups are made from cutting forests. We should try not to use them, or select the smaller ones when we do. Because trees can absorb carbon dioxide and reduce greenhouse gas."

Back in his office, Lin Hui works for an environmental website he and his friends set up two years ago. It provides all kinds of information about carbon offset, including environment policies, tips on how to save energy and so on.

Lin Hui says promoting a low-carbon lifestyle is a personal mission that will never end.

Lin said, "When people talk about low-carbon life, they often think it's the matter of entrepreneurs, but they forget they themselves are the real engines of production. We should promote low-carbon consumption."

Professor Li Lin is also a champion of the low-carbon lifestyle.

Taking public transportation to work is part of her daily routine.

Li Lin works for the WWF, one of the world's leading conservation organizations. She showed us the promotional activities for encouraging a low-carbon lifestyle over the past years.

Her office uses energy saving lights, which are turned off when not needed. This has greatly reduced electricity consumption. Li Lin says small actions like this can mean a lot in terms of carbon reduction.

Another way is to double print the paper.

Profesor Li Lin, WWF Head of Conservation Strategy, said, "If you save one ton of paper, that is equivalent to one ton of energy used for producing the paper, that will translate into a reduction of about two and a half tons of CO2. "

This booklet produced by WWF offers guidance for a low-carbon lifestyle. There are 30 ways to save energy, and the booklet covers everything from why to save, what to eat, how to travel, and how to calculate savings.

Li said, " All the efforts translated into saved nature, saved the habitat for human as species, together with other species, and we would avoid the negative impact of global warming."

Although there has been much talk about climate change in China, not everyone understands the low-carbon lifestyle.

"Low carbon? "

"I really don't know."

Policy makers should also play a role.

For example, central heating is supplied by thermal power stations, the majority of offices use non-adjustable heating system, which has lessened users' willingness to save energy.

As global warming becomes a mounting challenge, low-carbon development is considered to be the best way forward in the long term. Despite increasing efforts by the government to promote the low-carbon lifestyles, it might continuesly remain just a trend within certain groups, and not for all Chinese.

Source: CCTV. com


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