Tianzhushan UGGp and Other Eight Chinese UGGps Co-celebrate the First International Geodiversity Day
Pubdate:10/10/2022 MondayCategory:Network Communication

In order to celebrate the first International Geodiversity Day and promote more public attention to the earth, climate change and environmental crisis, nine Chinese UGGps including Tianzhushan in Anhui Province jointly launched the first International Geodiversity Day science popularization activity with the theme of "International Geodiversity Day -- Appreciate the Beauty of Geoparks" on October 6th. In 2021, the 41st UNESCO General Assembly designated October 6th as International Geodiversity Day, aiming to give humanity access to sustainable development solutions through geosciences education and to address the increasingly pressing challenges of environmental degradation through actions such as responsible resource exploitation, disaster risk reduction, mitigation of climate change and biodiversity loss. Geoparks are popular among the public as natural resource science popularization bases with rich geoheritages, beautiful geo-landscapes and excellent eco-environments. They are responsible for promoting the public to pay attention to geodiversity, caring for the earth and disseminating geosciences. They also become the main force to publicize the first International Geodiversity Day.

This activity was hosted by Natural Resources Science Popularization Office (hereinafter referred to as the Office), co-held by nine Chinese UGGps, including Tianzhushan, Danxiashan, Yandangshan, Zhangjiajie, Yanqing, Shilin, Taishan, Leiqiong and Longyan UGGps, which would carry out a series of thematic activities in October. On Oct. 6th, a science popularization lecture on “Geologists take you to enjoy the beauty of geodiversity” and a live streaming on “Geologists took you to have a cloud visit to the geoparks” were held.

Mr. Jin Xiaochi, APGN President and researcher of Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, delivered a speech to introduce the background and significance of the International Geodiversity Day, shared APGN achievements and demonstrated the beauty of Asia-Pacific geodiversity. He commended and called on all UGGps to take actions to arouse more public attention to the earth and climate change through colorful science popularization activities. Mr. Zheng Yuan, director of Chinese Geoparks Network Office, gave a report titled "Colorful UNESCO Global Geoparks in China", showed the geological characteristics and magnificent landscapes of 41 UGGps and promising UGGps in China from the perspective of geological structures and landforms, letting the public appreciate the magnificent scenery created by the geological evolution on China’s land in the past 4 billion years, as well as the biodiversity and cultural heritage of the geoparks, and feel the beauty of China's geodiversity. Professor Su Dechen, chief science popularization expert of Natural Resources and researcher of Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, gave a popular science lecture titled "Geological Beauty and Earth Exploration" to the public, sharing the causes and secrets of various geological landforms such as granite, volcano, Danxia and karst landform. Then, 9 geoparks were connected in the live broadcast room, and an online interactive science popularization was carried out through Tencent Conference, Xiaoetong, Tik-Tok, Kuaishou, Xigua video and other platforms. Fourteen interpreters from 9 geoparks introduced more than 20 magnificent geosites online, guided the public to the typical geological landscape in the form of cloud tour, and put forward geological questions most concerned by tourists to Professor Su Decchen, who answered them on the spot.

On October 8th, Tianzhushan Geopark organized teachers and students from Tianzhushan Central School to visit Tianzhushan Geopark Museum, and invited Professor Wu Weiping from Geological Survey Institute of Anhui Province to give a lecture on the diverse geological landscapes of 41 Chinese UGGps.

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