Epson Promotes Environmental Education Program in China
Epson has been conducting an environmental education program for children in China since 2007. Held around the country, in locations such as Beijing, Tianjin, Fuzhou, Suzhou, and Shenzhen, the program seeks to raise environmental awareness, spur interest in environmental problems, and empower children to initiate action to preserve the environment. China faces pressing environmental problems, and Epson hopes to help contribute by encouraging the younger generation to adopt green habits.
In October 2013, ten volunteers from Epson Engineering (Shenzhen) Ltd. visited an elementary school in Shenzhen to teach more than 200 fifth-graders about environmental issues. Using a projector and a variety of images that visually communicated environmental problems such as air pollution, desertification, biological extinction, and "white pollution" (pollution from plastic waste such as shopping bags and disposable tableware), the volunteers taught the children about the importance of protecting the environment.
They also told them about small, easy steps they can take in their everyday lives to help protect the environment, such as not using disposable chopsticks, taking public transportation, and sorting their household trash for recycling. At the end of the program, a quiz was held, with participants receiving prizes. Epson also presented the school with 100 stationery sets and 150 eco-friendly reusable shopping bags. Teachers and parents praised the program for an approach that was both fun and effective as a way to motivate children to learn about the environment and participate in actions to preserve it.