More than 40 years ago, I worked and lived in a small village on the Loess Plateau in Western China for many years. At that time, the ecological environment in that area was severely damaged due to over development, and peoples lives were also in poverty. Since then, I have realized that man and nature are a community of life, and the harm to nature will eventually hurt human beings themselves. I put forward that green water and green mountains are golden mountains and silver mountains. I hope that China will not only strengthen its own ecological civilization construction, take the initiative to bear the international responsibility to cope with climate change, but also work with other countries in the world to protect the common earth home of all mankind.
Students are doctoral students from world-famous universities. I look forward to your active action in this regard. I also welcome you to continue to pay attention to Chinas development and give us more good suggestions.
Xi Jinping, President of the Peoples Republic of China
January 6, 2020
To cope with the global climate change, a common challenge facing mankind, first-class universities have first-class responsibilities. At the annual meeting of the world economic forum in January 2019, Tsinghua University proposed and invited a number of world-famous universities to discuss the historical responsibilities of first-class universities in the process of global climate change and get a positive response. In May of the same year, the World University climate change alliance was officially established in Tsinghua University. 12 universities from 9 countries and 6 continents became founding members. Tsinghua University served as the first chairman School of the alliance, Qiu Yong, President of Tsinghua University, served as the founding chairman of the alliance, and the Secretariat of the first alliance was established in Tsinghua University.
This is an innovative measure initiated by Chinese universities and promoted by world universities to cooperate to build a global ecological civilization, a community with a shared future for mankind, and lead the global cooperative action against climate change. It has received all-round response from the presidents, professors and students of the member universities of the alliance, and has received widespread attention and appreciation around the world.
On November 17-19, 2019, the Graduate Forum of the world university climate change alliance was held in Tsinghua University. More than 150 graduate students from 55 universities at home and abroad gathered in Tsinghua University to conduct academic exchanges, discuss the new progress, new ideas and new programs of global climate change research and action, talk about the future of the earth and think about the future of mankind.
The student representative of the world university climate change alliance wrote to President Xi Jinping to report on the learning and practical harvest gained from participating in the League activities, and to take up the responsibility of the times in tackling climate change and promoting the construction of ecological civilization. In the letter, the students expressed that they are willing to be the forerunner of coping with climate change, the builder of international cooperation bridge, draw the concentric circle of youth consensus with the power of youth, and actively contribute to the construction of a community with a shared future for mankind!