GEA - China Update, June 1999
Many of the concepts are already being implemented in the classroom. Classes check leaking faucets and water fountains. Parents have been invited to participate in the conservation process with the students. One school had recycling bins set up in the playground courtyard. Many classes were taught how to read water meters and shared ideas on how to conserve water. Implementation went beyond the classroom as one school conducted water tests of samples from many sources, such as a river, paper mill, and residential areas. Art illustrating water conservation work is posted around the classroom.
GEA - China is continuing the education process through cross-cultural exchanges. An educational tour will be organized for Chinese teachers to visit several U.S. cities this Fall. Professor Bradley Smith, a renowned U.S. environmental scientist, delivered lectures and held seminars at Qinghua and Capital Normal Universities in April, 1999. As Laura Utley aptly puts it, "shared experience brings China and the U.S. closer together and creates a common understanding of critical environmental issues. Such exchanges will enhance the understanding among people from different countries on issues far beyond environment for the betterment of humankind.
Madame Deng Nan, GEA - China's partner and MOST Vice Minister expands on Abraham Lincoln's words: "'I am for those means which will give the greatest good to the greatest number.' GEA - China is committed to creating an enduring and substantial environmental knowledge base through which all participants will benefit. It is a long term, continued, and win-win-win venture we have embarked on into the new century."
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