Encourage socially and environmentally sustainable behaviours

Partner: Yunnan EcoNetwork


In 2001, Yonsong Chen decided that his life had to change. Chen, a former employee at the foreign affairs office of the Yunnan province government, worried about the low public concern for environmental protection in China and decided to dedicate his life to giving people a sense of social responsibility. He founded the NGO Yunnan EcoNetwork in his beautiful Yunnan province, flanked on the north-west by tall Himalayan summits and crossed by the Mekong river. He also built the Green Education Center on the Lashihai wetland plateau near the city of Lijiang.  

The Center organises guided tours for school children, students, and employees of local companies, in which Mr Chen and his team show the beauty and value of the surrounding natural environment, the conservation challenges faced by local people, and the range of sustainable solutions available to them. Thanks to an outstanding passion and relentless will to transmit it and engage with people, Yonsong Chen and Yunnan EcoNetwork also run regional and national campaigns to show people the long-term benefits of sustainable individual behaviours, such as waste recycling. Those campaigns also have a social integration value, as they unite people living in Chinese cities around the same values of social and environmental responsibility.

What Slow Motion Projects will do

Creation of a new Green Education Centre in the city of Xishuangbanna

Information coming soon... stay tuned!

Completed projects

Renovation of the Green Education Centre' museum and creation of a new exhibition

In the summer of 2016, Slow Motion Projects helped Yunnan EcoNetwork to increase the number of visitors of the Green Education Centre. With the support of the City of Lijiang, we transformed the Centre into an eco-friendly building using renewable energy sources of energy and preserving natural resources. Together with Yunnan EcoNetwork, we created a new exhibition intended for multiple audiences: children, students, academics, and the general public. Through this exhibition, visitors can understand the beneficial effects of sustainable lifestyles on their environment, and beyond this change their behaviour. The exhibition clearly illustrates the link between individual health and concrete environmental problems such as air pollution or water and land contamination. 

Thanks to your support, we:

  • Installed solar panels and built an educational eco-garden at the Green Education Centre
  • Provided material for the new exhibition: interactive screens, educational posters, illustrative models
  • Gave jobs to Yunnan EcoNetwork interns and team members to build, promote and guide the exhibitions.

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