By Tania Ramirez, HSBC Water Programme‎ Award Winner, Mexico.

This was  written in Tania's native tongue and translated.

During my visit to China, I have confirmed my belief that  when governments, companies, environmental organisations, and local communities work together, it is possible to find solutions that are compatible with a country's tradition and culture whilst not preventing development.

On the fourth day of this trip to China, I had the opportunity to visit the “Taihu Lakeside Wetland Park”. There, I could see the effort that it is being made to instil the importance of caring for nature in children. After that experience, I can say without a doubt that this programme has created a virtuous circle where the education, the environmental consciousness, and the implementation of best practices contribute to ensuring a more sustainable world.

Tania Ramirez in Lingering Garden, Suzhou, China © Xiaodong Sun

In Mexico, like China, we have values, traditions and cultural richness that have been passed down from generation to generation. We have to treasure this, the same as we do with the flowers and the rocks in the Xilitla Garden in Mexico, and in the Lingering Garden in China.

After this trip, I am even more convinced that with everybody’s effort, combined with education, we can move to a more sustainable world where culture and ancient traditions will be preserved for future generations. 

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