EPA Minister Tzi-chin Chang and the CEO of the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, Bo-Wen Yen, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on environmental cooperation that focuses on waste prevention and the promotion of a resource-conserving lifestyle. The EPA and Tzu Chi will be cooperating in the promotion of environmental education, energy conservation, carbon reduction, recycling and reuse, circular economy, waste reduction, and a vegetarian diet. Through the signing of the MOU, the EPA aims to promote collaboration with the civil sector and encourage the public to reduce greed in their daily lives and conserve resources.
It has been 33 years since the EPA was founded and 30 years since Tzu Chi started participating in environmental protection. This year (2020) also marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. In the signing ceremony, EPA Minister Tzi-chin Chang mentioned that this year the EPA is holding educational events that advocate the concepts of “sufficiency in life” and “less is more”, which can be applied to different environmental issues. With these concepts, the EPA is reminding the public how overconsumption can cause a variety of environmental problems around the world. Moreover, conserving resources can not only give us a sense of mental contentment but also help sustain the environment.
Excerpt from Environmental Policy Monthly, 23 (5)
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)