Name: Tina Sheng
Organisation: My Social Responsibility
Role: Project Assistant
What first triggered your interest in environmental issues?
It first started with some school projects held in my university that we had those volunteers from some organizations to give lectures on campus talking about how bad the climate change will do to human beings, and what we can do to save our planet. That really shocked me to some extent, and then I was thinking more about what I can do to help ourselves on earth.
What are you working on, concerned by, or motivated by at the moment?
I am working on this organization called MYSR(My Social Responsibility) which is focused on the environmental improvement of local communities and education projects in universities. We are not really doing any big projects such as other huge NGOs that could affect a large amount of people, but we have done a lot for many small communities and help them recycle the garbage or build gardens around their house. Also, we have run creative competitions in over 100 universities in China on the topic of environmental protection for over 4 years. Meanwhile, we have around 10,000 volunteers from so many companies in Beijing that are ready for call. I am very into my job and hope our effort here could really help every individual see how great our world is if everyone is realizing our social responsibility.
What do you anticipate working on, or thinking about, in relation to environmental issues over the next 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years?
I think I will stay with MYSR and try to promote our projects more in the future. The Copenhagen Conference does not help anything at this moment, so we as individuals living on earch, have the responsibilities to help ourselves. I do not know what the government thinks, but as a person on the position of social work, I will do my best starting from little things that I can do to run projects in universities, local communities, companies and help more people realize what they can do for our environment such as save the electricity, stop using plastic bags, recycle the water...everyone can do a little bit, and there will be lots of efforts in total.
How optimistic or pessimistic are you as you look at where we might be in 2020, and why?
Honestly I think it is a hard question to answer, or predict. It is all up to our attitude from now on towards the climate change. But if govenments are keeping their stubborn character and refuse to do anything saving our earth(I mean some governments that really did nothing on Copenhagen but saying useless words), it is still going to be ugly in 2020, for what NGOs could do honestly cannot compare to what a government could do if it really wants to save its environment.
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