he river running through our village suddenly turned black. I only knew that I wasn’t allowed to swim in it anymore,” she recalled.

“I later found out that this was caused by factories disch

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parents, thought that such a practice was normal. I even played with trash, collected it and burned it for fun.” 上海夜网

Zhou worked as a civil servant in Shanghai after getting a bachelor’s degree in Chinese literature from Fudan Univ

ersity. While working this job, she had the chance to embark on her first overseas trip to Tasmania, Australia. 上海夜网女神会所

There, when faced with pristine scenes of n

ature, she finally understood the magnitude of the pollution problem at home. 上海夜网

“It was in Tasmania where I learned that leaves should not be cover

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The trip sparked something within her, and she resigned from her job as soon as she returned, joining a

n environmental protection organization to protect bar-headed geese at the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. 上海夜网女神会所

Two years later, in 2013, Zhou followed her husband to the United States, where he was accepte

 上海夜网d into Harvard Medical School. There, she continued to work at various nonprofit organizations.

Eager to learn more about how environmental protection organizations operate, Zhou applied for a master’s degree program at

Harvard Kennedy School in 2015. In her application letter, Zhou expressed that she was determined to re 上海夜网女神会所

turn to Shanghai after graduation to create an organization aimed at helping people live in an e

nvironmentally friendly way. She went on to study at the institution on a full scholarship.

 上海夜网女神会所Despite friends advising her to begin her career in the United States after graduation, Zhou made good on her promise

and returned to Shanghai in 2016. However, she was sidetracked from her original plan and ended up doing bus

iness related to organic food. It was only when she attempted to sell her organ

ic produce in a residential neighborhood in 2018 that she was reminded of her initial calling. 上海夜网女神会所

While chatting with the head of the neighborhood committee, she learned that in Ma

rch that year the Shanghai municipal government released a plan to implement household waste sorting.

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