Environment

  • China Youth Climate Action Network

    The China Youth Climate Action Network (CYCAN) is the first Chinese nonprofit organization for youth action in the field of climate change. CYCAN was jointly established by seven youth organizations in August 2007. Based in Beijing, CYCAN’s mission is to inspire and guide young people to grasp the opportunities in China and tackle the challenges of climate change and the transition to a sustainable, low carbon future. CYCAN has created a “Green Collars for the Climate” scheme that engages and supports youths to enter green industries. This scheme includes four components: students will engage in energy conservation on campus, participate in the International Youth Energy and Climate Change Summit, represent the China Youth delegation to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP), and upon completion of the first three tasks, gain access to jobs and internships in green industries through CYCAN’s Green Collar Factory program. Since CYCAN was established, more than 300 colleges and universities and 10,000 students have participated in activities organized or sponsored by CYCAN.

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  • Guangzhou Green-Point Public Welfare and Environmental Protection Association

    Guangzhou Green-Point Public Welfare and Environmental Protection Association (Green Point) is a Guangzhou-based organization founded in 2003 with the mission to make Guangzhou citizens become environmentalists. As a platform for environmental protection training, exchange, and activities, it acts as a bridge between university students’ ideas and community resources to implement environmental projects in society. Green Point provides expertise and resources to university students so that they could address environmental issues in a more professional manner. Students become equipped with the knowledge and skills to carry out field research, campaigns, and educational projects. In addition, Green point hosts inter-regional conferences to provide a platform for exchange between students and leaders promoting environmental initiatives. In August 2012, Green Point became the first environmental NGO to be registered in Guangzhou. Today, it has 62 long-term university partners and about 10,000 university volunteers. Throughout the years, it has trained more than 5,000 volunteers, carried out about 300 green projects in society, and developed education programs for 6,000 primary and secondary students.

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  • Watercool

    WaterCool is a social enterprise owned by China’s very first water fund-Shanshui Trust, which successfully integrates multiple social resources, including farmers, financial institutions, NPOs and downstream firms of agricultural production chain, to formulate an interactive, collaborative and shared prospect. “WaterCool” achieves conservation goals by improving water quality and eliminating man-made pollution within the catchment area. At the same time, “WaterCool” creates a unique mechanism for sustainable funding and achieves collaborative development by establishing profitable eco-agriculture and eco-tourism based on well-preserved ecosystems. Profit generated by those eco-friendly businesses will be reinvested into conservation purpose, such as expansion of protected area and ecological restoration work on those areas.

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