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A Laowai's Trip to Guizhou (Part 3): Guizhou villages go low-carbon

09-14-2012 13:58 BJT

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By CCTV correspondent Mary Davis

Less than a thirty minute drive from the busy streets of Guizhou’s capital, sits a sleepy village home to 78 families. The Baigong area of Dangwu town certainly doesn’t look modern from its exterior, but on paper this place is up and running with some of the country’s top low carbon equipment.

Huang Peihai, Baigong gov’t official, said, "About 1.1 million yuan has been put into this village’s water disposal system. The system saves the residents money on their water and electricity bills, and can be used for up to ten years."

The Baigong area of Dangwu town certainly doesn’t look modern from its exterior, but on
paper this place is up and running with some of the country’s top low carbon equipment.

Before going low-carbon, Baigong was known for being a very dirty area, with no method for waste disposal. Now waste water is collected from residents’ homes and pooled into a filtering system. It then flows down into basins that presurize the water and prepare it for irrigation use.

The water finally makes it way down into the garden and then up through these spickets. They then distribute water through lanes of eggplants, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, you name it they’ve got it. This then becomes dinner for the villagers.

The government also allocated funds to install more than three dozen energy efficient LED lights. As villagers adapted to a low-carbon lifestyle, they adopted a more comfortable way of living. Money saved on electricity and water went to improving homes and paving roads.

The low-carbon framework has caught on in surrounding villages in Guizhou, leaving more
villages with a smaller carbon footprint and easing the strain on mother nature.

More than 80 years old, Ms. Tang is still eager to cook for her neighbors and visitors. She said the good news is the village has also begun producing methane gas from livestock waste, taking another opportunity to turn rubbish into resources.

Tang Wenzhen, Baigong resident, said, "In the past we used firewood to cook, which left the house really dirty and smelly. But now we use methane gas. It is clean, convenient and powers our electricity for lights, which saves me money."

The low-carbon framework has caught on in surrounding villages in Guizhou, leaving more villages with a smaller carbon footprint and easing the strain on mother nature.

CCTV Special: A Laowai's Trip to Guizhou

Part 1: Time of transition in Guizhou's mountain villages

Part 2: Honest citizen loans boost economy in Guizhou's village

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CCTV.com

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