In an effort to raise awareness of the environmental challenges faced by his nation, President Xi Jinping and several members of the CPC Political Bureau Standing Committee visited the Chaoyong district of Beijing to partake in a publicity generating planting of six sapling trees. Accompanied by primary school students, Xi was photographed digging into the soil on a site that has been incorporated by the Beijing municipal government into its tree-planting plan for 2015.
President Xi wants to make the “building of a beautiful China” an act of public spontaneity among his several million constituents. Through collaboration with Chinese citizens and government agencies, Xi hopes to “strengthen ecological restoration and protection” by spreading awareness of the benefits of environmental conservation.
China is notorious for its rampant greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption. The fact that President Xi has taken the initiative to embody and be the face of a campaign for ecological protection perhaps indicates that China is taking steps toward taking responsibility for its detrimental pollution contribution in the global arena.