Fri, February 11, 2011
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32 years of dedication to Dianchi Lake

2011-02-11 08:20:41 GMT2011-02-11 16:20:41(Beijing Time)  China Daily

Zhang Zhengxiang feeds the black-headed gulls around Dianchi Lake in Kunming, Southwest China’s Yunnan province, Feb 9, 2011. The gulls fly to the city for the winter every year. Xinhua photo

People feed the black-headed gulls around Dianchi Lake in Kunming, Southwest China’s Yunnan province, Feb 9, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

Zhang Zhengxiang needs to be close to his cell phone to see it, because he lost sight in his right eye when he was deliberately hit by a car after recording illegal mining at Xishan Mountain. [Photo/Xinhua]

Zhang Zhengxiang, 63, observes the water quality of the lake in a wetland near Dianchi Lake in Kunming, Southwest China’s Yunnan province, Feb 9, 2011. He makes weekly reports about the water quality and informs the local government if any pollutants are identified. [Photo/Xinhua]

Zhang Zhengxiang, 63, has been a volunteer for 32 years, helping to protect Dianchi Lake and its surrounding Xishan Mountain in Kunming, Southwest China’s Yunnan province.

During that time, he took photos to record those who were hurting the environment and sent the evidence to local government. Though his body has sometimes been black and blue due to backlash from violators, he is still enthusiastic about continuing on his road, “I want to give back to my saviors. The lake and mountain provided me food and a place to live after I became an orphan.”

His long-time dedication to protecting the environment has moved many people to praise his work, and he has appeared in an international publicity video for China.

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