Expo Showcases Environmentally Friendly Ways to Promote Environmental Awareness
City planners are taking advantage of a horticulture expo to promote public awareness of environmental protection in the city of Xi'an in northwest China's Shaanxi province.
Exhibitions that showcase environmentally friendly ways of processing waste, a pavilion that demonstrates an energy-saving water recycling system and works of art that promote the frugal use of natural resources are on display at the ongoing International Horticultural Exposition in in Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi.
"By using visible 'green exhibits,' we hope to send an invisible message to the public of what eco-friendly technology and lifestyles should be like. Hopefully, visitors will take a hint from these examples," said He Hongxing, a professor at the Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology.
Public awareness for environmental protection and ecological preservation is especially important in Shaanxi, which is home to a large portion of the Loess Plateau on the middle reaches of the Yellow River. The region is prone to ecological disasters that are caused by human activity, said He, who is also the former head of the Xi'an City Planning Bureau.
The expo site will instead be built into a theme park and reopen to the public in April next year, according to the expo's organizing committee.
The low-carbon and environmentally friendly technology exhibited at the event will be applied to Xi'an's economic and social development in the future, said Zhang Jianzheng, a municipal government spokesman, at a press briefing on October 20.