by Xinhua writer Xue Ying

LOS ANGELES Cheap Womens UGG Bailey Button Sheepskin Short Boots 5803 Chestnut , March 1 (Xinhua) -- Riding on a bike carrying all his stuff, Zilong Wang, a Chinese environmentalist, left a farm in Bay Area in California on Monday morning and embarked on his journey with a mission to advocate for ecological civilization.

For the next two to three years, the 24-year-old will be on the road, heading eastward to march though the continental United States and Eurasia and then all the way to China.

The "pilgrimage Discount Womens UGG Bailey Button Sheepskin Short Boots 5803 Navy ," he said, is to seek out personal experiences about the ecological and spiritual awakening happening in the 21st century and explore the cultural and economic landscape of the global village, through the lens of China's interconnectedness with the world.

"The first day (of the journey) was beautiful," Wang told Xinhua on Tuesday. "A passenger in a car rolled down her window, shouting out 'Good job!' with a big smile."

The only hiccup was his seat post breaking suddenly on the road, he said. But luckily Cheap Womens UGG Bailey Button Sheepskin Short Boots 5803 Sand , a bicycle shop stood right ahead and it took him only 15 minutes to replace a new one.

In the following days, he will visit places that inspire him and meet people who could join him in the course for peace and ecological civilization future.

This is not the first cycling journey of Wang, a graduate of the Hampshire College in Massachusetts. More than two years ago, he cycled 3,400 miles (5,472 kilometers) from Massachusetts to California for a job in a sustainability consulting company.

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A four-week trip in China last year changed his view about his mother country, where he said an ecological and spiritual awakening is taking shape in the country.

"There is the China we hear about in the news: the largest economy in the world; lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty and into urban areas; largest CO2 emitter; entrenched corruption; toxic air; poisoned food and water; growing disparity; political uncertainties; global expansion and entanglement."

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During visits to temples, eco-villages among other places and discussions with local Chinese people, "I saw countless people and groups doing their small and inspiring parts. Many of them do not know each other. But they are essentially doing the same work: being the change they want to see in the world."

Wang's feeling is shared by other ecological experts, who also took notice of the encouraging signs of increased ecological awareness in China.

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In recent years, the Chinese government launched a wide-ranging set of ecological reforms to build what it calls an "ecological civilization," including protection of natural resources right, establishing a national parks system, and improving environmental compensation mechanisms.

In China's rural area Cheap Womens UGG Bailey Button Sheepskin Triplet Boots 1873 Sand , the usage of chemical herbicides and pesticides has been reduced, rural infrastructures improved, and lives of farmers are changing for the better.

"Perhaps, we are moving up (Abraham) Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Perhaps, the environmental and moral degradations have become too much to bear. But for whatever reason, I know for sure that the clock has struck: ours is a time for ecological and spiritual awakening ugg boots leather ireland ," Wang said. Enditem


PARIS, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- Nothing is possible without collective action, French President Francois Hollande Wednesday told his executive team a day after his economy minister and close ally Emmanuel Macron stepped down to focus on his political career.

At a cabinet meeting, Hollande stressed that "it's an important duty and a great honor to serve France."

"There is much to do at a time of major challenges that must be addressed," Stephane Le Foll, government spokesman quoted Hollande as saying.

The French president also "reiterated the need for the spirit of responsibility and selflessness."

Hollande's remarks came after Macron stepped down as he "needed to be free" to "start a new stage" of his political fight and draw up a "diagnosis" of the country's problems.

Macron's resignation is widely seen as the first step for the former investment banker to launch a presidential bid.

Macron, the most popular minister in the Socialist cabinet, would likely undermine Hollande's chances to run for a second mandate.

A recent Vlavoice poll showed only 12 percent of French voters supported the Hollande running for a second five-year term as president.

Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball during the men's singles fourth round match against Kei Nishikori of Japan at the Australian Open Tennis Championships in Melbourne, Australia, Jan. 22, 2017. Federer won 3-2. (XinhuaBai Xue)

MELBOURNE, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- The dream of a Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal Australian Open final is alive and well after the Swiss ace dispatched Japan's Kei Nishikori in a grueling five set battle while defending champion Angelique Kerber went home in straight sets on Sunday night.

It took the veteran three hours 24 minutes to defeat the world No. 5 Nishikori 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to celebrate his 200th car.