Oct. 22, 2018

Report on the 2011 NPC & CPPCC Sessions: the Environment Edition

 March 14, 2011

Source: China.org.cn

Reported by: Chen Xiyu, Liu Bin


During the 2010 annual sessions of the National People's Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, new environmental concepts such as “low-carbon economy” drew the attention of NPC deputies and CPPCC members to environmental pollution and protection. In the Third Session of the 11th CPPCC National Committee, the Central Committee of the Democratic Revolutionary Party proposed that the government should fully carry out the building of “Green China” in the aspects of ecological environment, economy and culture. Li Yin, NPC deputy and Principal of Wuhuan Experimental Foreign Languages School, suggested innovating the means of garbage disposal and promoting garbage classification at the grassroots level in order to reduce garbage pollution and improve recycling as well as achieve sustainable development goals. Deputy Tang Zuxuan, director of Dengzhou Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine based in Henan Province, advocated low-carbon transportation among public servants, such as riding bikes between home and the workplace, so as to reduce air pollution and energy consumption.

Before the opening of the NPC & CPPCC Sessions 2011, the Politics & Culture Division of People’s Daily and People’s Daily Online considered possible public concerns over the annual sessions and jointly launched an extensive online poll named “Top Ten Concerns of Netizens in 2011.”  The poll provided 18 key words indicating hot topics of the year, including impartial and fair administration of justice, anti-corruption, health care reform, regulating housing prices, commodity prices control, food safety, environmental pollution, educational reform, democracy and the legal system, lawful demolition, household registration reform, traffic control as well as bringing to the forefront other heated issues.

As of 9 a.m. February 16, “Environmental Pollution” was ranked fifth with 7583 votes. This is the first time that “Environmental Pollution” has been selected as one of the hot topics, and later as one of the top ten issues of concern.

Meanwhile, an opinion poll about “Environmental Pollution” further shows that 93 percent of 3207 participants think “the environmental pollution of China is very severe.” Regarding the main cause of environmental pollution, 75 percent of them blame “local governments which sacrifice the environment to economic gains”, while 11% opt for “inadequate supervision.” Of all the participants, 39% supports strengthening punishment to raise the public awareness of environmental protection, and 11% call on the media and public figures to play a bigger role in enhancing such awareness