青年说 || 曾依琳：走读湘江，来一场生态之旅
Hello everyone, my name is Zeng Yilin, I’m an average freshman in a college. If I am any different, the answer I would give you is——I contacted environmental protection at a really young age. Up to now, I have involved in environmental protection for 5 years! Starting from campus to community and then to larger platform; from the founder of 'Walking and Learning through Xiang River' club to the 'low-carbon league', I'm really glad I'm always on the road, doing my best. Thanks a lot to 'Popular Ecology' for providing the platform, here I want to share my story about environmental protection with you.
My fate with environmental protection derived from an argument——'where exactly the source of Xiang River is'. Ever since the First Emperor of Qin built the Linqu Canal, it has been widely recognized that the source of Xiang River is in Xingan, Guangxi Province. In June, 2011, according to the international standard of the man source of rivers——the source of tributary which has the same flow direction as the main stream, the longest source and the largest amount of water. Water Resource Survey Office of Hunan submitted their census result to Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute, showing that the source of Xiang River located in Lanshan County, Hunan Province. Then, in January, 2012, the NHRI rechecked and affirmed the result, finding that the specific origin located in Lanshan national park.
How could I miss such big news? Thus, in 2015, we organized an activity to explore the source of Xiang River, aiming to see the original appearance of us Hunan people's mother river. In the source of Xiang River, we picked up rubbish and carried out a questionnaire survey, finding that people's environmental awareness should be raised, their daily performance needs to be standardized and some treated the source indifferently. Therefore, some of my friends and I decided to change the current situation on our own. So, the shape of our club——'Walking and Learning through Xiang River' was set up formally.
In 2017, the 'Walking and Learning through Xiang River' Environmental Charity Society was officially established:We had 9 high school students, spent 9 days and walked through 2000 kilometers. This year, the original members of our club started from the source of Xiang River, went towards the north, walked through 6 cities in the Xiang River basin, interviewed 3 industrial parks in Hunan, visited 10 historical places, donated 20,000 yuan books, evaluated water samples in 6 intake points in the Xiang River basin, handed out 3552 questionnaire and finally came out a thirty-thousand-word survey report and walking diary.
Along the road to growth of our project,some media such as Hunan Daily followed up our story. What's more, Yuan Longping academican met us in person. In 2018, we have the honor to win 'the Mother River Prize' and were written into the geography textbook of middle schools in Hunan Province. Besides, we were invited to attend Asia-Pacific Forum On Low Carbon Technology to propagandize and introduce our environment project 3 years in a row and won 'the Special Achievement Award'.
Over the years, we had propagandized and organized donation in various schools to diffuse environmental knowledge and donate supplies. In the meantime, we also organized activities such as making cow-fish handcrafts which is aiming to calling on more people to paying attention to environmental protection project.
It is pleased to see that the Xiang River has been governed better and better under our joint efforts. However, based on global warming, species extinction and frequent extreme climate, our 8 members of our second term focused on 'tackling climate change' and set up 'low-carbon league of Walking and Learning through Xiang River'. Whereupon, a new wave of environmental lover came on stage. I'm really rejoice that I haven't left and can served as their principal. In the future, I will dedicate to carbon neutral project together with them!