Motivational Quotes from Chai Jing

Environmental protection and economic development are not in conflict. Environmental protection is not a burden but a source for innovation. It can increase competition, create jobs, and lifts the economy.

Chai Jing

The strongest governments on earth cannot clean up pollution by themselves. They must rely on each ordinary person, like you and me, on our choices, and on our will.

Chai Jing

Half of the days in 2014, I had to confine my daughter to my home like a prisoner because the air quality in Beijing was so poor. One morning, I saw my daughter banging on the window… The day will come when she asks me, ‘Why do you keep me here? What is going to hurt me when I go outside?’

Chai Jing

I’d never felt afraid of pollution before and never wore a mask no matter where. But when you carry a life in you, what she breathes, eats and drinks are all your responsibility; then you feel the fear.

Chai Jing

Do you know how much coal China burns? In 2013, we already were burning 3.6 billion tons. And do you know how much coal the rest of the world burns? We burn more than the rest of the world combined.

Chai Jing

The reform and opening up of China hasn’t been happening quite the way we’ve been told, like a small bird breaking out of its egg. Its more like a cicada shedding its skin, emerging ever so slowly. Energy is the last part of that shell that needs to be shed.

Chai Jing

Looking back on humanity’s battle with pollution, history has been made by thousands of ordinary people who one day say, ‘No. I’m not satisfied. I don’t want to wait, and I don’t want to pass the buck. I want to stand up and do something. I want to do it here, and I want do to it now.’

Chai Jing