Translated from our Chinese language blog.

The SISC collaborates with the JUMP! Foundation on water conservation education

On Monday April 18th, 2016, The Shangri-La Institute for Sustainable Communities collaborated with The JUMP! Foundation (for information see their website here) and the Beijing Jintai Museum in Chaoyang Park for a social learning session based on water conservation.

The 9 students from Hangzhou and facilitators from The JUMP! Foundation and the SISC came together with SISC Vice- Director Philip Xie for the session, which saw the lines between educator and student blurred as the students took the stage one by one to explain their knowledge of various topics related to water conservation in China.

Have a look at some photos of the session below!

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We hope that this will be the first on many collaborations with the JUMP! Foundation.

The SISC are grateful to the Beijing Jintai museum for providing their space for this event. The Jintai museum is a fascinating space established by Yuan Xikun, a leading artist and sculptor, and the Museum has held hundreds of events since its opening in 1997.

Resources: River Yangtze Bird Book

Wild birds are in important part of nature, and bird watching is an interesting and enjoyable way for people to come into contact with their local environment. The Yangtze River basin has a complex and varied climate, with abundant water resources & plantlife, it provides a great habitat for birds to breed and winter. To improve bird identification along the river, The Shangri-la Institute has planned and published “Yangtze River Basin Bird Watching Guide” as part of the Swarovski Water School project. This book introduces creative techniques to improve the accuracy of bird watching, including painting and fill-in activities, and is a great resource for both the general public and in youth activities.

Public Event: “Nature and People”

SISC joined up with the Dutch Embassy, Beijing Forestry Society and IUCN  (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) in Honglingjin Park, Beijing, for a public ‘long walk’. This event aimed to raise public knowledge of forest ecology, biodiversity, water resources while bringing the public closer to nature through conservation activities and learning how to enjoy a healthy life.

Nearly 1,000 people attended, including primary school students from the Netherlands and China. SISC’s display featured the Water School for a Living Yangtze project, with project staff briefng participants on the plants and wildlife of the Yangtze River Basin. One game organised was based on the migration pattern of the black-necked crane from Qinghai to Shangri-la and the damaging effects of climate change on their natural habitat, introducing the public to the importance of positive action that contributes to the protection of the environment.

Staff Retreat

In October, staff from both Beijing and Yunnan offices joined together in Shangri-la to organise the NGO Financial Training course as well as meeting with members of the local community and project participants.


Water School for a Living Yangtze: Qinghai

Located in Zhidoi County at the source of the Yangtze River in Qinghai, Yushu Jigya Primary School has a total of 809 students and 75 teachers. Recently, two particularly interesting activities have taken place:


World Environment Day 2012: Shangri-la

On the morning of June 2nd activities were held in Tancheng Square, Shangri-la, marking the 40th anniversary of the United Nation’s World Environment Day. Sponsored by the local government, the event was co-hosted by the State Environmental Protection Agency and organised in a joint effort by Shangri-la Vocational College and the Water School regional co-ordination centre. Main participants of the day’s activities included representatives from state environmental protection departments and other relevant government bureaus, not forgetting teachers and students from four project pilot schools who’s hard work made the day a great success.


Water School Activities: Chongqing

Students from each grade in Qiaojiaotuo Primary School in Chongqing used the theme of water education in designing exhibitions for school corridors; they chose their class names under this theme, some of which came from the water culture in Chinese martial arts. An embroidery class at the school also focused on the theme of water, and an egg floating experiment class.


Water School Activities: Sichuan

Teachers and students from Dongchen International School recently produced water education boards, the boards have been skillfully designed to share with the rest of the campus the knowledge and experiences of students and teachers who have taken part in Jialing River Basin preservation activities. (more…)

World Water Day 2012: Water School Activities

Beginning March 22nd 2012, Swarovski Water Schools across China are holding a range of interactive activities to highlight the theme of this year’s World Water Day: ‘Water and Food Security’, this day is particularly significant as it is also the first day of China’s National Water Week.


Climate Change Education: Poster Competition

The Middle School Affiliated to Southwest Normal University in Chongqing organized poster design contest as part of the Climate Change Education for China project. This activity aims to encourage students to use their creativity and knowledge about climate change or other related themes such as water, energy, biodiversity, food and transportation. Below are some of the entries submitted by students:

Global warming, glaciers in the Arctic and Antarctic are melting and seawaters are engulfing the land. This poster shows a curved horizon imitating the shape of the earth and gives the visual effect of the sea immersing a beach.

The three umbrellas on top of each other is to demonstrate the severity of radiation. Yellow is a colour of warning; if mankind continue to recklessly destroy our environment then it will not be long before these types of umbrellas will be necessary to avoid radiation.

As the ozone layer decreases, the UV rays that reach the earth’s surface become stronger which could eventually prevent humans from entering direct sunlight at all.

Urbanisation has led to a serious overuse of the earth's water resources; this desertification could put an end to human civilization. This poster shows how desertification has made humans realise we need to make better use of the earth's resources.

This poster aims to record the impact of melting glaciers and rising sea levels. The rabbit is dizzy from the effects of industrial pollution and is perched on the last section of an oasis as it bids farewell to its friends.

This poster depicts the green branches of a tree twisted around the earth as it is suspended carelessly from our hands. Everyday global warming is increasing and we can only blame ourselves as humanity is gradually throwing our homeland into the fire. In an instant, these green vines will become dry sticks and leaves. However, as long as we still have one breath left, as long as there is a trace of life on the earth, we can do something to save our earth from this untold misery.