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Environment China is a weekly bilingual podcast from the Beijing Energy Network. The show features conversations with advocates, entrepreneurs, and experts working in the environmental field in China.  We are looking to learn how they do their work, what new strategies and solutions they have found, and why now is the right time for real and positive changes in China’s environmental field.

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Jun 5, 2021

Today we are having a wide-ranging discussion with Faye Lu of the China Youth Climate Change Action Network, where we explore her work on a forthcoming film about climate that traces the route of early human migration out of Africa, and about her work with Celu Studios on the issue of bird collisions.

We are also joined by BEN member and organizer Melanie Coerver.

See videos of the bird-safe UV glass, which is perfectly transparent in visible light, but can be seen by birds:

 Faye LU is the Deputy Secretary-General of China Youth Climate Change Action Network (CYCAN), responsible for institutional strategic planning. She launched Work for Good, a sustainable employment platform for young people. She initiated nationwide research, communication, and action on bird collisions in China, in order to help protect biodiversity in cities. She is the co-founder of CELU Studio, an international art and design studio focused on addressing environmental issues through art and technology. In 2019, she travelled by retracing the early human migration route, starting in East Africa and moving through North Africa, Middle East, Europe, and South Asia. Along the route, she made a documentary and art pieces recording the impact of climate change, as well as possible solutions. Her works have been exhibited in the London Art Pavilion and Beijing UCCA art center. Prior to that, Faye worked as vice president of New Hope Group Southeast Asia headquarters. She has master's degrees in financial management, business, and development economics.

Here are some key time-stamps for the program:

3:10 - About the trip out of Africa

4:30 - Stories of how climate change intersects with the lives of regular people in Kenya near Lake Victoria

6:40 - Positive examples of people in Kenya taking action on solving problems brought on by climate change

8:14 - How to communicate positively on climate for younger Chinese audiences

13:10 - How to bear witness to climate change

16:00 - Intro to the problem of bird collisions

20:30 - How to solve the problem of bird collisions

21:00 - Bird-safe glass

22:15 - A 500-person network to record bird collisions in China

23:00 - How art can help communicate the issue of bird collision while also protecting birds, through transparent but bird-safe window glass with UV designs

24:40 - UV pens and stickers

25:00 - Government actions

26:12 - What's next for the film