A High School Student Group of Junior Journalists for Environment
Ten years ago teachers at the high school in Xuzhou Coalmine, a village in China's northern Jiangsu Province, got together with students to start a group of junior environmental journalists. It was an effort to raise the students' sense of responsibility about the world around them. Over the years, increased projects have focused mainly on public education activities. The group has held writing, photography, speech and story-telling contests, worked with the local environmental authorities to inform the public about subjects ranging from the harm of killing frogs and the illegal sale of its meat to protecting local rivers and lakes from wastes. The students also do hands-on work such as planting trees, organizing school clean-up campaigns, and attending extra-curricular classes on environmental protection. They even have an environmental summer camp when school is out of session. The field studies they have conducted have taken them far beyond the schoolyard. Since 1985, the group has travelled more than 10,000 miles. The students have surveyed major sources of pollution along the Kui River after which they wrote a report and drew up a map that they submitted to the municipal government. They also studied the offshore water pollution in the Bohai Gulf, travelled to Hunan Province to learn about dealing with pest control problems, visited Balinyou County, Inner Mongolia, to see the sandification of the area's grassland and trekked through northwestern China to examine the region's biological diversity.