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China's Policies on the Environment
Special> United Nations Climate Change Conference> China's Policies on the Environment
UPDATED: June 14, 2008 NO. 25 JUNE 19, 2008
China's National Climate Change Program

4.4 Public Awareness on Climate Change

- Fully utilizing the promotion function of the government. Governments at all levels should regard raising public awareness as an important work to address climate change and carry it out with care. For this purpose, China will take various measures to promote the climate change awareness of government officials at all level and decision-makers of enterprises and institutions and build up a high-quality leadership team with strong awareness of global climate change step by step. Furthermore, all walks of life of the society will be fully employed to disseminate China's efforts and policies in response to climate change and to promote public awareness of climate change.

- Reinforcing the publicity, education and training on climate change. Measures in this regard include: making full use of mass media such as books, newspapers, periodicals and audio-video products to disseminate knowledge of climate change to stakeholders in all walks of life; advocating sustainable life style including electricity-saving, water-saving, garbage classification, reduction, recycling and reuse; incorporating climate change publicity and education into the framework of basic education, adult education and higher education as an important component of China's overall quality education; holding various thematic training seminars targeting at different audiences and organizing different workshops on both popular and professional climate change science; taking full advantage of information technology to enrich the contents and functions of the government's climate change information websites and building them up into quick-responding and effective platforms for information dissemination and communication.

- Encouraging public participation. Measures in this regard include: Establishing incentive mechanism to encourage the public and enterprise participation in the climate change issue and fully utilizing public supervision; improving information publicity channels and regulations on climate change issues; widening the channels for public participation and supervision; giving full play to the media's supervision and guidance function on public opinion; increasing the transparency of decision-making on climate change issues; promoting the science and democracy in the area of climate change administration; giving full play to the initiative of social communities and non-governmental organizations.

- Reinforcing international cooperation and communication. Measures in this regard include: strengthening international cooperation on promoting public awareness on climate change issues; utilizing the experience of good international practice on climate change publicity and education; actively carrying out information exchange with foreign countries and exchanging publications, movies, televisions, audio-video tapes and other literature works on global climate change; building up open database on climate change and providing inquiry and information retrieval services for domestic agencies, research institutions and schools.

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