Video: Young Chinese lower carbon footprints

18:05, May 24, 2010      

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As people are the major source of greenhouse gas emissions, changing human behavior is key to dealing with climate change. In China, taking up a low-carbon way of living, or reducing one's carbon footprint, is a growing trend among young people.

Zheng Xiyu works in Beijing's Central Business District. Everyday, it takes her roughly 40 minutes to reach her office by bus. But she's thinking of switching to a different mode of transportation -- a bicycle.

Zheng said, "Riding a bicycle takes roughly the same amount of time as using public transportation. But it's more convenient, and environmentally friendly. It's also good exercise for me."

Zheng works for a website devoted to low carbon economy issues. This gives her better insight into environmental concerns. She also reducing the amount of carbon needed to power her daily life.

Zheng said, "Our country is big, and has abundant natural resources. But we also produce a huge amount of carbon dioxide. So everyone should try to be low carbon. For myself, I'm now paying more attention to some details in my life, such as turning off the computer and the light when they are not being used."

Zheng Xiyu and her colleagues have created a low carbon work environment. They also share tips with each other for developing low carbon habits in their daily lives.

Zheng said, "When buying clothes, I choose those made purely from cotton, because it takes less carbon to produce cotton clothes. I'm also adapting to a vegetarian diet, as research shows much of the world's carbon emissions come from raising livestock."

Wu Wenyue, reporter of, said, "We should say no to one-off chopsticks to protect our forests. Forests are crucial for reducing carbon emissions."

Like Zheng Xiyu and her colleagues, more and more people are now pursuing a low carbon life.

A recent survey shows that 78 percent of 17-thousand people questioned have developed environmentally friendly habits in their daily lives. They are doing things such as taking reusable shopping bags to the store, and setting their air conditioners to temperatures above 26 degree Celsius.

Experts say a smaller carbon footprint can be created through changes in many aspects of people's lives, and more can be done to build China into a low carbon society.

A low carbon lifestyle represents a simpler, healthier, and more environmentally-friendly way of living. As the threat of climate change becomes more apparent, it's time for everyone to rethink their lifestyles and make responsible choices.

In tomorrow's episode of "my low-carbon life", our reporter Wang Mangmang will take us to a couple of trendy vegetarian restaurants in Beijing. She finds out why young people are embracing a greener way of eating.

Source: CCTV. com


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