Aerial photo taken on Nov. 3, 2021 shows a wind power field in Luduo Township of Baoying County in Yangzhou, east China’s Jiangsu Province. (Xinhua/Li Bo)
BEIJING, March 26 (Xinhua) — The annual Earth Hour, which is celebrated on the last Saturday of March, has become a popular environmental awareness event around the world since it was launched by the Global Fund for nature in 2007.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, has repeatedly highlighted China’s energy conservation and emission reduction efforts, calling on the international community to take care of the blue planet. .
A heron flies over the photovoltaic panel of a fish-breeding base in Helan County in Yinchuan, northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Aug 24, 2021. (Xinhua/Wang Peng)
Here are some highlights of his quotes in this regard:
— Earth is our one and only home. The intensification of efforts to combat climate change and promote sustainable development has an impact on the future of humanity.
— We should adjust the structure of the energy industry, make energy conservation a priority in urbanization, and encourage a consumption attitude characterized by diligence and economy, moving more quickly towards the construction of an energy efficient society.
— China will adopt even more vigorous policies and measures, and strive to peak carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060, thus making more efforts and contributions to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.
— Reducing emissions is not about reducing productivity or not emitting at all. In place, [we should] follow a green and low-carbon development path that prioritizes ecological preservation, in order to mutually reinforce economic development and the green transition.
— We should increase exchanges and cooperation, share experiences, and jointly address the challenges of climate change, environmental protection, energy conservation and emission reduction.
— We will develop strong adaptive capacity to climate change, stick to our basic policy of resource conservation and environmental protection state, and make China a beautiful country with blue sky, green earth and clear water. ■