Friday, 31 March 2017
Beijing: President Xi Jinping called on the public to stick to the tradition of planting trees in spring amid the government’s continuous efforts to build an ecological civilisation.
Xi, also general-secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks while planting trees, together with other senior leaders and people, including primary school pupils, in eastern Beijing. It is a Chinese tradition to plant trees when Qing Ming Festival (Tomb Sweeping Day, which falls on 4 April this year) draws near, Xi noted.
Voluntary tree planting has significant meanings, he added, including to help the public cultivate a consciousness of ecological civilisation and reach consensus on and join forces to building an ecological civilisation. The pupils should establish a sense of protecting the environment and cherish the green plants, Xi said.
Ecological civilisation was listed, along with economic, political, cultural and social progress, as one of the goals in the country’s overall development plan at the 18th National Congress of the CPC in 2012. Mentioning that tree planting has progressed well in recent years, Xi called for continuous efforts to plant more trees to benefit the people.
Officials of all levels should keep an eye on long-term rewards, plant trees in urban and rural areas alike, increase green areas and strengthen environmental protection, he said.
Source by: Internet