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21 08, 2020

Meet Women Environmentalists Exploring New Ways to Protect Qiandao Lake in E China

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Mu Quan is an environmentalist in eastern China who has devoted her work to protecting what is locally known as “the most beautiful lake in the world” or Qiandao Lake in Zhejiang province. After seeing the detrimental impacts of fertilizers and pesticides from the area’s prominent tea and farming community, she sought balanced solutions to protect the lake while also benefiting the local economy. Quan founded the Qiandao Lake Water Fund which now consists of a five member all female leadership team supporting pilot projects that promote sustainable agriculture and environmental education. Their ecological rice field pilot project has gained praise for decreasing nitrogen and phosphorus levels in the soil while also improving irrigation, tea quality, and increasing farmers’ income. Photo credit: Haipeng  

16 03, 2017

Helping China Rethink Its Approach To Conservation

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Gretchen Daily, a Stanford University ecologist, is at the forefront of a joint effort with her Chinese colleagues to remap, rethink, and ameliorate China’s current protected areas, where biodiversity and natural resources are threatened. She used advanced mapping software to plan a major expansion of biodiversity havens and restore ecosystems to provide key services such as sandstorm prevention and flood control, and is actively working to develop a conservation strategy that centers community members as China prepares to implement its first national parks system. Photo credit: Stanford University

8 03, 2017

Powering Up: Meet The Women Electrifying China’s Energy Transition

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Ni Huan and He Yisha are a few of the female leaders behind China’s green energy transition, fueling efforts at both the grassroots and business levels. Ni Huan’s decision to install an awning with solar panels at her Shanghai home has not only resulted in energy and cost savings but also drawn widespread interest from local schools, universities, and governments. Her community has since become a knowledge sharing hub for people interested in distributed solar projects. Since March 2015, her organization, Green-light Year, and its all-female team has provided eco-tours, workshops, and solar installations to over 1,600 people. Young entrepreneur and environmentalist He Yisha is the founder and CEO of two solar manufacturing companies, Unisun and Uper. Her leadership has helped these businesses achieve a global presence in only a few years and continues to inspire other women in the solar industry and country. Photo credit: Ji Zhe/Greenpeace

20 07, 2016

Wang Yong Chen: The Clark Kent Of China

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Along with other Chinese environmentalists, Wang Yong Chen is fighting to protect the Nu-Salween River from the development of a hydropower dam. She has spent her career fighting to protect the Nu-Salween, the only free-flowing river left in China located in one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. In 1996, she founded Green Earth Volunteers, one of the first environmental NGOs in China. Photo credit: International Rivers

25 11, 2015

One Woman Is Leading The Pesticide-Free Movement In China

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As alumna of Minnesota’s Earthrise Farm Internship program, Shi Yan learned about community-supported agriculture and brought her knowledge back to China to start the country’s first community-supported organic farm. The Shared Harvest farm uses alternatives to pesticides, such as ash, hot pepper, and tobacco water, to treat disease and pest infestations instead of synthetic chemicals. Shared Harvest and Shi Yan herself have hosted around 200 apprentice farmers over a period of five years, and currently mentor 20 young people to spread the pesticide-free agriculture movement in China. Photo credit: Katrina Yu/Al Jazeera

17 03, 2012

Rural Women Learn Modern Irrigation Technology In China

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The Yellow River waters the crops of China’s Ningxia Gui Autonomous district, on which thousands of farming families depend. However, due to climate change, the river’s water flow has become uneven, resulting in either flooding or water scarcity. The difficulty of farming under these conditions has pushed many men to seek opportunities in urban areas, leaving behind their wives and children, who take on full-time farming duties in addition to traditionally gendered chores. Because women are key to water management in the region, UN Women invested in providing advanced irrigation technology to local women farmers, helping to save water and promote sustainability. Photo credit: UN Women/Hong Gao

11 10, 2011

Mei Ng Works To Safeguard China’s Watersheds

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Mei Ng, environmental advocate and former director of Friends of the Earth Hong Kong is working to safeguard the source of the Dongajiang River. She is mobilizing local villagers and farmers to initiate reforestation projects in order to enhance the water catchment. In addition, Mei Ng delivers lectures and seminars to raise environmental awareness and works with local government agencies to foment partnerships with civil society. Photo credit:

1 03, 2011

Wang Yongchen, A Warrior For China’s Free Flowing Rivers

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Wang Yongchen is an environmental journalist, organizer, poet and founder of the Green Earth Volunteers in China. She is spearheading a public campaign to save the Nu River, which is one of China’s last free-flowing rivers, flowing from the Tibetan Plateau into Burma and Thailand. Wang uses multimedia to engage fellow journalists, document the destruction of river ecosystems, organize communities and engage with government officials to put halt to destructive projects on rivers. Wang Yongchen is, as she says, part of nature and doing what everyone should be doing. Photo credit: International Rivers