Miaosun and his friends rise early, sometimes before dawn. Wearing their distinctive Green Eyes China (Chinese) baseball caps they move through the market quickly, recording what they see with video cameras. Endangered breeds of frogs, snakes, owls and eagles are for sale – some already prepared for the cooking pot.
It was founded by Fang Minghe, 22, when he was a schoolboy. Being young is an advantage, he says. “People think we’re too innocent to be a threat,” he said. “We want to give society a signal that schoolchildren have the right to take part in environmental protection.
China’s leadership is waking up to the problem. Earlier this year it revealed plans to spend 1.4 trillion yuan ($175bn) over the next five years on protecting the environment. Yang Qing, 18, believes that is not enough. “We need to let people know just how badly polluted the country has become. We all need to start protecting the environment,” she says. [Full Text]