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YCIS Pudong Receive Environmental Recognition

December, 2009
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Recently, representatives of the environmental organization Shanghai Roots & Shoots (R&S) visited Yew Chung International School of Shanghai (YCIS), Pudong Campus to thank the students and staff for their support towards The Million Tree Project.

ycis-pd-eco-s1At the Secondary Assembly R&S representatives Heather Wigmore and Elizabeth Jenswold shared photos of the dramatic changes their project has rendered - from desert sands to budding forests in less than three years. They also presented students with a specially engraved plaque, acknowledging that they raised and donated 25,000 RMB for the planting of a 1,000-tree forest in Inner Mongolia. On behalf of YCIS Shanghai, Mr. D’Andrea and members of the Ecology Action Team accepted the award.

In spring 2008 R&S issued a Thousand Tree Challenge, inviting international schools in Shanghai to sponsor a 1000-tree forest to help stop desertification in China’s Inner Mongolia. The YCIS Ecology Action Team enthusiastically accepted this challenge and became an inspirational force in promoting and supporting The Million Tree Project. Mostly through the sale of reusable, cloth bags and drinking bottles the school community earned the funding to sponsor a 1000-tree forest in the school’s name. A revitalized forest means reduced loss of topsoil and fewer dust storms in the region. The forests provide valuable employment to the local community. And more trees help sequester more carbon dioxide which helps reduce the effects of Climate Change. This is a win-win-win project for everyone involved!

GO Ecology Action Team!! GO GREEN!!!

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