There Was A Moment That I Wanted to Become A Philanthropist, Rather Than A Scientist!
This is the feeling of a student from School of Environment, Tsinghua University when investigating and surveying “Inner Mongolia Shengle International Eco Zone Project”!
In 2012, our Foundation established strategic cooperation with the School of Environment, Tsinghua University to support the school in carrying out international exchange and research on cutting-edge topics on environment. In May this year, the students from the School of Environment of Tsinghua University and Inner Mongolia Agricultural University came to Horinger, Inner Mongolia to conducted investigation and survey on ecological restoration. After visiting, investigating and surveying Lao Niu Foundation’s “Inner Mongolia Shengle International Eco Zone Project”, one of the students wrote in his survey report:
I think this investigation is a very good opportunity for me to learn more about the work, process and challenges in ecological restoration. During the investigation, I saw many practical works regarding ecological restoration, such as erosion control and natural barrier for sand storm, the scale of which was far beyond my expectation and reached nearly 40,000 mus. It’s really not an easy task! It is better to walk ten thousand miles than to read ten thousand books. The explanation from the classroom is far less powerful than what I see with my own eyes. Only by seeing them personally can I feel the toughness in ecological restoration work. These works are not only costly, strenuous and time-consuming. The more complicated and tricky thing is that, most of the time, they need to formulate planning for restoration based on the practical situation of the environment, restriction from policies and regulations, the funds required and other practical issues. Therefore, ecological restoration is not only the issue for scientists, but also the issue for everyone, for enterprise, for government officials and for the villagers. Scientific research cannot only engage in idle theorizing. The most important thing is to combine scientific research with the society and people’s livelihood, so as to bring economic benefit and improvement to the civilization.
Investigation and survey of the carbon sequestration forest
Under the dual pressure from unreasonable utilization by human and climate change, the ecological health of the Mongolia grassland has been endangered and threatened for a time. Ecological system might have strong natural restoring force, but she might not be able to restore once it turns to the tipping point. The Mongolia grassland has brought us abundant resources for raising livestock and pastoral nomadism, as well as food resources like the delicious milk and roast whole lamb. Therefore, we must protect the ecological health and sustainability of the grassland. The project not only further prevents grassland from being damaged and strives to restore ecological environment, but also brings about economic benefit and then improves people’s livelihood and the living standard of the villagers.
Investigation and survey of the old and new sites of the community
Investigation and survey of dry farming
For this investigation, I have one little suggestion. Plant species and their characteristics have been mentioned in this field investigation for several times. For some students with little knowledge of plants (like me), most of the time it might be difficult to figure out why we should plant this tree, rather than that tree. However, it might be embarrassed to raise question in front of so many students in the major of agricultural and plant. If there could be written supplementary information, I think we can benefit more and learn more about the overall situation. What’s more, it can also allow us to view the information after the investigation.
Within the short two days, there was a moment that I wanted to become a philanthropist, rather than a scientist. No matter how capable a scientist can be and how much papers he has published, it’s only empty talk without the channel to implement the achievements in his scientific research. In the entire investigation, I not only acquire professional knowledge regarding ecological restoration, but also witness the admirable spirit of the philanthropists.