BEIJING -- Winners of China's annual "Green Chinese" award were announced at
a grand ceremony Saturday night.
The award caught public attention more than a month ago when it gave a
controversial nomination to Chinese film director Chen Kaige.
Chen's film, "The Promise" damaged the environment near a pristine lake shore
in Shangri-la in southwest Yunnan Province, according to the State Environmental
Protection Administration (SEPA).
Together with Chen, director Zhang Jizhong, accused of damagingthe Jiuzhaigou
National Park during filming also got a controversial nomination.
Organizers argued that "sometimes a negative example can serve as a warning".
Neither of the two nominees made to the short list.
The final eight winners, the Green Chinese, were awarded for their
significant contribution to protecting the environment.
The winners include, Du Shaozhong, vice-director of the Beijing Environmental
Protection Bureau, who initiated the campaign of "drive one less day a month"
and refuses to drive a car but walks 70 minutes to his office every day; Ma Jun,
director of the Beijing public environment study center, who developed China's
first water pollution database and released a map of China's water pollution; Ke
Lan, the Phoenix TV anchor woman who exposed environmental abuse associated with
a film that she starred in and Liao Xiaoyi, who made a documentary on
Co-sponsored by seven government departments and supported by the United
Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the "Green Chinese" awards were selected
by social survey, Internet voting, review of a judge panel and public voting.