By Shiyang Li
On August 2nd, seven Pride Campaign Managers successfully graduated from Rare’s first Pride cohort in China at Southwest Forestry University in Kunming. Over the past two years, all of the seven Pride campaign managers have been inspiring innovations in hundreds of Chinese communities to address daunting threats of deforestation, overgrazing, and poaching in China’s Inner Mongolia and Yunnan, Gansu ,and Jilin provinces.
Rare hosted a reception in Kunming on August 2nd to highlight the bright spots that the first China Pride cohort has achieved. The leaders of local Pride partners, international partners such as TNC and WCS, candidates from the upcoming China Pride Campaign cohort, media outlets, Yunnan Forestry Department, and grassroots NGOs attended the event. Seven Campaign Managers were invited as panelist to showcase their best practices during their campaigns.
The event started with a video documentary of the Hunchun Pride Campaign to protect the last remaining Siberian tigers. The Campaign Manager Jianmin Lang told a story of an old hunter who was attacked by a tiger when he was poaching many years ago. During the Pride campaign in Hunchun, the hunter realized the urgency to stop setting snares and join the patrolling team protecting tigers.
Li Xiaohong from the Yuhe Campaign to protect the Golden Monkey, who is also a professor at a local university, shared his experience about being a movie director for the first time in his life. Because the campaign survey showed the community residents liked to watch movies, Xiaohong decided to make a short movie about a story of a college student who helped his family adopt efficient stoves. More....