人物篇 ‖ 访母亲河奖获得者何润花

发表时间:2020-04-28 08:40

何润花,女,中国内蒙古人,1976年4月生,中 共 党 员。现任阿拉善大润志愿者协会创始人、内蒙古青年讲师团讲师。十年来,她共计倡导荒漠植树50万棵,她带领的志愿者累计志愿服务时长超过15万小时。她曾获得中国文明礼仪教育“先进个人”、全国志愿服务优秀个人、全国母亲河“绿色卫士” 奖等荣誉

[Guest profile] He Runhua, female, from Inner Mongolia, China, born in April 1976, is a member of the communist party of China. She is the founder of Alax Darun Volunteer Association and lecturer of Inner Mongolia youth teaching group. In the past ten years, she has called on planting 500,000 trees in the degraded land, and the volunteers she led have accumulated more than 150,000 hours of service.

She has been recognized as ‘Advanced Individual’ in Chinese Civilized Etiquette Education, National Advanced Individual in Volunteer Service and National Green Guards of Mother River.

Part 1



Host: hello, everyone! Welcome to our grand internet interviews broadcast, Popular Eco-people, I am the host, Guo Zhifu. In February 2019, NASA reported that ‘the earth is greener than it was 20 years ago, and it is the actions of China and India that have led the way.’ People, who have made efforts to plant trees, play an indispensable role in the greening process. Today, we are privileged to invite our guest, He Runhua, one of indefatigable people who plant trees in an acutely tough environment. And without further ado, I'm going to turn microphone over to Ms. He Runhua.


He Runhua: Hello, everyone! Hello, Mr. Guo!


Host: It is truly an honor to invite you to our show Popular Eco-people. Would you like to introduce your hometown Alax to us?


He Runhua: Desert is the major landform in Alax, including the Tengger desert, the Badain Jaran desert and the Ulan Buh Desert. The unique geographical situation endows Alax the extraordinary climate. As an old jingle goes, ‘A wind blows from spring to winter’, which is true here. After people’s endeavor for decades, now our environment has come to a better turn- one example is that the sandstorms are less frequent and rampant than before. Alax is regarded as a ‘mysterious realm’. There are countless so-called Haizi in the desert, which looks like the eye of the desert. It is an attractive scene from a height. As one of the three remaining euphratica forests in the world, 380,000 mu Ejin populus euphratica forests lie there. Alax is full of wetlands, grasslands and other peculiarly charming landscapes. Welcome to Alax to experience different scenery and customs.

Part 2

主持人:很奇妙的变化!我们知道做环保工 作本来就很不容易,那您怎么想到去环境恶劣的沙漠中做植树防沙项目的呢?

Host: Such a wonderful change! We know that it is never easy to practice environmental protection, so how did you come up with the idea of planting trees and deal with desertification control projects in the harsh desert?


He Runhua: Because I live here, and I have seen the environment went from good to bad, and now to better. I grew up in a pastoral area, a house in the desert, my generation and ancestors have got used to such a life. But one day, a sudden sandstorm changed my mind. When I saw the sand buried the road, over the fence, and piled up in the wall root of courtyard, and a lot of domestic animals died in the storm, I feel like I have to do something. In 2012, I started to participate in planting trees in the Alxa Lockrand Ecological Public Welfare Base, which was established by a local senior leader 30 years ago. The base has witnessed huge changes here. We got an activity named ‘Planting a tree in spring’ to call on people to plant trees every year.



Host: What was the biggest difficulty you encountered in planting trees in the desert? And how did you overcome it?



He Runhua: Planting trees in desert have been a controversial topic for a long time. Survival rate is the main issue. Because Alax is drought and short of water, and it is not suitable to plant plants such as sacsaoul, scoparium and calligonum mongolicum. People who live in southern cities may suppose our tree as saplings or grasses. Wind can easily uproot the saplings whose thicknesses are like the chopsticks. Climate is another problem. Snow is never unusual in May in Alax. In order to meet the solar term, we catch up to plant trees in April and May, even in the rainy or snowy days. Actually snowy days are much preferred, because they ease the drought and improve the survival rate.

I would like to say that the Lockrand Ecological Public Welfare Base is a scientific way to prevent the risk of the sandstorm. Lockrand is to locking burrs while sewing clothes, and so do the Ecological Public Welfare Base. It does not work and is not scientific to plant trees in the desert. So we should take a lock in the desert edge, plant a strip of ecological land to prevent the sand and drill wells, and use water-saving drip irrigation methods to promote the survival rate. After 30 years’ hard work, the method has proved to be desirable.




Part 3



Host: To this end, you have also set up Alxa Darun Volunteer Association. What environmental protection projects has the association done so far?


He Runhua: Environmental protection project is our main project. In addition to tree planting and desertification control, we have introduced environmental cleaning programs such as ‘Protecting the Mother River’, promoting low-carbon lifestyle, proposing water-saving activities and so on.


主持人:贵协会的“种树植心” 环保项目曾获第四届青年志愿服务项目大赛金奖,那您可以为我们介绍一下什么是“种心”吗?

Host: The environmental protection project of your association, ‘Tree Planting and Heart Planting’, has won the gold medal of the Fourth Youth Volunteer Service project competition. Can you explain what does ‘Tree Planting and Heart Planting’ mean?  


He Runhua: ‘Tree Planting and Heart Planting’ was originally a slogan put forward by the Lockrand Ecological Public Welfare Base in Tengger Desert. Our association has been involved in the implementation since 2012. ‘Tree Planting and Heart Planting’ is our project, our vision. ‘Plant a tree, plant a heart, and root the faith of desertification control in heart! Root the hope that Alxa will change desertification in heart! Pass on the determination of desertification control in Alxa from generation to generation!’ This is the goal of our project. After 8 years of hard work, the original desert has changed to trees and birds everywhere. The public welfare base in Tengger desert is a lockrand forest which was built by a local senior leader in 1980s. It is 30 years now. It witnessed great changes here The public welfare is known as the ‘National Social Practice Base of Environmental Education for Primary and Secondary Schools’, and also named as the ‘Natural Science Popularization Education Base’ by China Greening Foundation,and the ‘Extracurricular Practice Education Base’ by the local Education and Sports Bureau. Darun started to plant trees, desertification control and other environmental protection activities from here. We established Darun public welfare forest, advocating ‘harmony between humankind and nature’. All the fruits here are pollution-free, which guarantees a sustainable development of the association. The project empowers us faith, ideas and strength.


Part 4


Host: In terms of environmental protection, you not only pay attention to tree planning and desertification control, but also natural education, inviting kids and parents to the public welfare forest. Would you like to share the main contents of your nature courses with us?


He Runhua: The Nature Classroom is one part of the project of ‘Planting Trees and Planting Hearts’, which starts from the Lockrand Ecological Public Welfare Base. The base has a plant exhibition hall. The full-time teachers are responsible to deliver lectures to children with accurate knowledge , including spring seed, summer hoeing, autumn harvest and winter storage, as well as identifying animals and plants,   producing specimen and other various activities to practice ‘Harmony Between Humankind and Nature’.





Host: We are so proud of your efforts in letting children and parents get closer to nature, thumb up for you! Do you have any other stories or experiences to share with us?


He Runhua: We always advocate ‘Harmony Between Humankind and Nature’, which is not a simple slogan. We need to understand it from the bottom of the heart and take actions to interpret it. The Darun Public Welfare Forest is a 105-mu-of-orchard. We aimed to find a way for our association toward sustainability when built this orchard. But we realized its greater significance in teaching us how to live in harmony with nature. For example, how to deal with the tress with insects or how to deal with fruiters bothered by magpies? We sometimes invite kids to join discussions, for example, are there any harms to people when killing insects, why we leave a few fruits on trees for magpies, or what does pollution-free mean? The kids gain knowledge and develop their own values by participating in these activities. Although our orchard always receives few economic returns, it generates great potential educational benefits.

Part 5


Host: How did you feel when you won the Chinese Mother River Award-Green Guardian Award?


He Runhua: To be honest, I do not feel worthy of that respect. Alxa is a place where all people make efforts to plant trees and prevent desertification. There are numerous people who have done a better job than me. I just give my hand to call on volunteers and people to participate in it.   The award belongs to Alxa rather than me.



Host: Some people create a character setting who focuses on environmental protection, but they do harm to the environment in private. What do you think of this phenomenon?


He Runhua: I do not really understand such behaviors. Environmental protection depends on whether someone is pure from heart, or so-called kindhearted. Any goodness or badness counts to the whole life. It is obvious that doing good contribute to ourselves, but why still some people serve the devil?


Host: The long-cherished goal of Popular Ecology is to share the stories or experiences of environmentalists worldwide with more people, so as to promote the ecological civilization. Do you have any expectations for our program?


He Runhua: The German philosopher, Jaspers, once said: Education is a tree shaking a tree, a cloud to promote a cloud, a soul awaken another soul. This sentence also works to the field of public welfare, and also my understanding of Popular Ecology. This program is like a bridge, delivering kind, nice and positive messages to people, and encouraging them to make efforts to protect our beautiful world. Many thanks to Popular Ecology. I wish a brighter future for Popular Ecology with more widespread influences.


Host: Ms. He Runhua is always sympathized with hometown and take practical actions to interpret what responsibility means. She is the fine example of us! Let’s appreciate her efforts with warm applause again. I am the host of the Popular Eco-people, Guo Zhifu. That’s all for today, see you next time.