In this world, a lit­tle kind­ness goes a long way

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - PAGE TWO -

When I heard Claire’s beau­ti­ful so­prano voice echo­ing in Lon­don’s Ru­dolf Steiner House mu­sic hall, I was al­most moved to tears.

Bright sun­light shone through big glass win­dows, il­lu­mi­nat­ing her con­fi­dent face and el­e­gant black and beige lace dress.

She was a star.

But Claire did not al­ways live the life of a star. She was born on the autis­tic spec­trum and there was a time when she would only sing in the shower.

What changed her life is the sup­port she re­ceived from the Mu­sic of Life Foun­da­tion, a small Lon­don char­ity that gives mu­sic lessons

This Day, That Year

Item from Aug 14, 1981, in China Daily: “En­ergy is a global prob­lem, the so­lu­tion to which re­quires the con­certed ac­tion of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity,” said Wu Heng, head of the Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion to the United Na­tions Con­fer­ence on New and Re­new­able Sources of En­ergy, in his speech at the ple­nary meet­ing.

Over the past few years, China has emerged as a global leader in clean en­ergy, as the coun­try tries to re­duce fuel con­sump­tion, which causes lo­cal air pol­lu­tion prob­lems and con­trib­utes to global warm­ing. to chil­dren with spe­cial needs to en­cour­age them to be­come con­fi­dent mem­bers of so­ci­ety.

While I sat in the au­di­ence to hear the per­for­mance of Claire and her friends, I re­flected on the work I had done for the char­ity and the pow­er­ful emo­tional con­nec­tion with Bri­tish so­ci­ety this ex­pe­ri­ence has given me.

It helped me feel in­ti­mately con­nected with the lo­cal com­mu­nity and made me see a part of Bri­tish so­ci­ety that I would not have oth­er­wise come across either through my uni­ver­sity stud­ies or my work in jour­nal­ism.

I saw a less priv­i­leged part of Bri­tish so­ci­ety, which was char­ac­ter­ized by strong emo­tional bonds and en­cour­age­ment.

Within this world, even a lit­tle kind­ness and con­tri­bu­tion

The coun­try planned to in­vest 2.5 tril­lion yuan ($375 bil­lion) in clean and re­new­able en­ergy by 2020 to raise the non­fos­sil fuel com­po­nent of to­tal en­ergy con­sump­tion to more than 15 per­cent, and the share of nat­u­ral gas to 10 per­cent from 8 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20).

The plan set the an­nual tar­get for clean and re­new­able en­ergy con­sump­tion at 580 mil­lion met­ric tons of stan­dard coal equiv­a­lent.

It leads to greater co­op­er­a­tion in clean en­ergy be­tween China and the world. goes a long way in mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.

My jour­ney with the char­ity started sim­ply.

In 2013 I par­tic­i­pated in a half-marathon, fundrais­ing for the char­ity, fol­low­ing the rec­om­men­da­tion of a friend who was a trustee.

The run made me re­ally cu­ri­ous about the char­ity, and I got in touch with its CEO, Maria Te­te­rina, to see if I could do more.

At our first meet­ing, I was over­whelmed by Maria’s per­sonal warmth, ded­i­ca­tion and vi­sion. As some­one with lit­tle ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with dis­abled chil­dren, I for a mo­ment doubted what my con­tri­bu­tion could be, but Maria looked me in the eye and as­sured me that the char­ity was lucky to have me.

Start­ing from small steps, I or­ga­nized the char­ity’s half­marathon team. Hav­ing

This month, the Chi­naAfrica Re­new­able En­ergy Co­op­er­a­tion and In­no­va­tion Al­liance was es­tab­lished in Bei­jing to boost co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and Africa on clean en­ergy.

Ac­cord­ing to a sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment plan, the al­liance will help estab­lish power sup­plies and trans­mis­sion sys­tems in Africa through pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ships. done the run my­self, I was able to give other run­ners prac­ti­cal train­ing and fundrais­ing ad­vice.

For the last three years we or­ga­nized a team of 15 run­ners to par­tic­i­pate in Lon­don’s Royal Parks Half Marathon.

Last year we raised 8,844 pounds ($11,530), which trans­lates to weeks and months of mu­sic lessons for chil­dren like Claire.

Such an achieve­ment made me feel proud and touched.

I was amazed by how I was able to con­trib­ute to­ward a great cause, by do­ing a few very man­age­able tasks, and in the process feel a part of a sup­ported and lov­ing com­mu­nity.

Con­tact the writer at ce­cily.liu@ mail.chi­nadai­lyuk.com

Last month in the South China Sea, China com­pleted a 60-day trial in min­ing gas hy­drate, com­monly known as com­bustible ice.

The trial marked a break­through in the search for al­ter­na­tive clean en­ergy re­sources.

PREDRAG VUCKOVIC/ REUTERS

A scuba diver is en­veloped by schools of sil­ver­sides in the Devil’s Grotto area near Ge­orge Town, Cay­man Is­lands.

Ce­cily Liu Sec­ond Thoughts

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