FRANCO-CHINESE MONTH OF ENVIRONMENT KICKS OFF
The 5th Franco-chinese Month of Environment is underway in Paris and across 22 Chinese cities, running from September 15–October 14. As an event that shows the close relationship between China and France, it contains 55 programs and a total of 130 activities. This year the focus is on the links between health and environment; issues such as crises caused by pollution and measures on how to solve the problem; and discussions about how human behaviours—such as eating habits— affect the environment.
Renowned actress Jiang Yiyan and actor Liu Ye are patrons of this year’s event. Both have been dedicated to environmental protection for years, are ambassadors for Wildaid Foundation ( WAF) and actively participate in activities to help protect endangered species.
The month-long 5th FrancoChinese Month of Environment event includes a wide range of activities including exhibitions, operas, concerts, films, lectures on literature, science and technology, workshops, and meetings between scholars and experts on the environment. The Month of Environment is also the only art festival in China focusing on the environment and organised by an embassy. Several high-level personnel will give lectures for those interested in protecting the environment. France’s former minister for the environment Corinne Lepage will be speaking about the harm pesticides cause to people’s health and to the environment; experts will be introducing various measures to reduce air, soil and water pollution; French artists will hold an art exhibition called Artists’ Emotion towards Food in five Chinese cities; Louis-albert de Broglie, nicknamed “The Gardener Prince,” will visit four Chinese cities to introduce measures for achieving sound and sustainable development of crops; and finally there will be discussions on legal issues concerning the environment as part of the ChinaFrance Legal and Judicial Exchange Week, during which lawyer Christian Huglo will present a lecture after a screening of a documentary about the Cadiz oil spill.