Yao Ming, Houston Rockets NBA star from China, became the first Environment Champion for the UN Environment Program (UNEP) on last Saturday. His task is to raise awareness of climate change and energy efficiency.
Yao believes that sport has a major role to promote environmental issues and he wants to do his part to protect the world. He plans to work with young people and inspires them to plant trees, use energy efficient light bulbs, harvest rainwater, and become environmental champions in their communities.
Achim Steiner, UNEP executive director, states that Yao is the best choice for this role because of his immense popularity.
In my opinion, this is a good approach by UNEP. Currently China is the biggest greenhouse gas emissions in the world and a respected and beloved figure like Yao is good to encourage Chinese people to be more concern towards our world. I do hope that he can do his role successfully.
This news was taken from Yao becomes UN environment campaigner.