Can’t believe it is over a month ago but here is the profile and some of my own reflections, an innovative new charity based in Beijing. They are tackling water issues through awareness raising, education and youth involvement – www.seekthechange.org/profiles/thirst
The overlap of our week-long stay in Beijing with the national holiday that kicked off on Oct 1st was not the best way to start my environmental explorations in China! I have not been able to meet up with very many of the plethora of environmental organisations there are in Beijing. I have done a LOT of sightseeing though! (The highlight was the Great Wall, of course, and finally experiencing real Chinese food!)
Not all was lost – I met a wonderful organisastion called Thirst on Wednesday (profile coming soon). I was also due to meet two more, China Youth Climate Action Network (CYCAN) and Global Environmental Institute (www.geichina.org) yesterday. Unfortunately, due to not having a working Chinese phone, both meetings failed to materialise – the first due to timings and the second due to my inability to find the office – SO frustrating! I am hoping to connect through Skype or with their colleagues in Shanghai – we will see.
I contacted many more but I think the holidays, language and difficulties with internet restrictions (WordPress is also not allowed apparently) has reduced potential responses. Still, I thought it would be worth mentioning some of the sorts of organisations I came across from the research I did:
– Friends of Nature China
– China Energy Trip
– Shangri La Institute for Sustainable Communities
– World Young Leaders
– China Association for Non-Governmental Organisations (CANGO)
All doing interesting and varied things by the sounds of their websites!
End of the Trans-Mongolian section!: http://youtu.be/xZ3SaQ9TE70