China’s Green Beat

Hey all, below is a post I’ve been excited about for a long time. When IGHIH started, its goal was to provide a voice for a global youth climate movement. That movement is there – it’s up to all of us to listen for it, find those who can tell its story, and help bring it together. The following is from John Romankiewicz, a Fulbright Scholar in China, who is doing incredible work with his Chinese partners:

China‘s Green Beat is a video podcast that informs people about current environment solutions and what they can do to take action. It was founded by an American John Romankiewicz and a Chinese Zhao Xiangyu, and the podcast is delivered in mandarin Chinese with English subtitles. Most recently, Canadian Rene Ng, a professional actor and writer in Beijing, has joined the team as producer. Our videos are divided up into three categories: comedy (episode 4), documentary (episode 5), and instructional (upcoming episode 6) so that we can reach different audiences in different ways. The videos are meant to be fun, informative, and engaging. www.chinasgreenbeat.com is the portal through which all videos can be accessed, each video pinned on a map of China to the location where it was filmed.

Latest Video: Wind Power in China:

I’ll speak first person here: The inspiration to make optimistic, solutions-based videos came from my own personal reaction to negative foreign media on China, pieces like the New York Times series “Choking on Growth.” While extremely informative and very well reported, after reading such articles, it seems as if there is no hope, why would anyone even try and help China‘s environment. In Chinese “mei you banfa 没有办法”. In fact, there are good things going on, and in my view, the best way to inspire and encourage people (from citizens to businesses to governments) to lead greener lives and make greener investments is through smart, fun, and optimistic media.

China‘s appetite for energy is growing just as quickly as its economy. Currently, 70% of primary energy in China comes from coal, creating large amounts of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Over the next ten years, China will see a growing portion of their energy come from renewable sources, due to an ambitious national policy. In this episode, China‘s Green Beat visits a Beijing wind farm and investigates what role the United Nations’ clean development mechanism has played in the development of wind energy in China, which has been growing at 30% per year.

Our latest development is a video training meeting to be held in Beijing. From April 4-6, thirty Chinese students gathered for a meeting in Beijing, during which they traineded in how to make a “Green Beat” video, a video that focuses on communicating environmental solutions and empowering citizens to protect the environment. Ten of the students came from Beijing, while the other twenty came from all over China representing nearly ten cities, including Harbin, Shanghai, Urumqi, Changsha, Hong Kong, Taiyuan, Xi’an, Tianjin, Chengdu, and Nanjing!

The purpose of China‘s Green Beat is to create informative, fun, and engaging videos that focus on solutions that are already being implemented and daily green habits that can be followed easily. After the training is over, the students will return to their home cities and have four weeks to make a video for submission in the first annual China‘s Green Beat – China Dialogue environmental video contest. In the end, we will have Chinese students doing their own creative reporting all over the nation on a wide range of environmental issues!

Are you (or do you know) someone who can report on the youth climate movement outside the USA and Canada – email us: editors[at]itsgettinghotinhere.org

2 Responses to “China’s Green Beat”


  1. 1 A Siegel Apr 22nd, 2008 at 6:21 am

    This is a wonderful video (great rap …) and project.

    Kudos for those doing it and much appreciate the sharing.

  2. 2 uli nagel Apr 22nd, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Congratulations, this is really awesome! You just hit the perfect tone. Can people in China see this too? And can I link to these videos directly (other than going through this blog) Again – well done!!

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Jamie is the co-coordinator of 350.org, an international global warming campaign. A recent college graduate, he lives in San Francisco, CA. In 2007, he co-organized Step It Up, a campaign that pulled together over 2,000 climate rallies across the United States to push for strong climate action at the federal level. He's also an early member of the youth climate movement, leading one of Energy Action's first campaigns in 2005: Road to Detroit, a nationwide veggie-oil bus tour to promote sustainable transportation. He's traveled to Montreal and Bali to lobby the UN with youth, but he's a strong believer that change happens in the streets not in meetings. Jamie received the Morris K. Udall award in 2007 and has been recognized by the mighty state of Vermont for his work on climate change. You can also find him blogging at Campus Progress' "Pushback," Changents.com, and 350.org.

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