Chinese President Hu Jintao and other senior officials joined Beijing residents in a tree planting event on Saturday to mark the 30th anniversary of the country's volunteer tree planting campaign.
Top legislator Wu Bangguo, Premier Wen Jiabao, state and Party leaders Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang — also took part in the event on the west bank of Beijing's Yongding River. Mr. Hu called on the public to continue to plant more trees and take up afforestation activities.
The President also urged relevant departments to improve their efforts to build a “conservation culture” in China and to achieve sustainable economic and social development by relying on public aid, technological breakthroughs and government reforms.
Altogether 1.9 million people in Beijing took part in the campaign across the city.
According to a 1981 decision by the National People's Congress, China's top legislative body, Chinese citizens from ages 11 to 55 should plant three to five trees every year to increase overall forest coverage.
Volunteers have planted about 58.9 billion trees across the country over the past three decades, statistics from the State Forestry Administration show. — Xinhua