According to Ou, her school principal, Li Linbo, informed her that she must end her activism as a condition for her readmission. Authorities also required the teenager to submit a psychological test, which she already took.
“The only negative thing it said was I’m stubborn,” Ou told The Guardian. She vowed to continue her activism, saying “I want more people to know.”
China remains the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, accounting for about 30% of the global carbon dioxide output. While it has invested more than any other country in renewable energy, it also burns the most coal, according to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).
However, China maintains that it does its part in addressing climate change. Last Friday, it reiterated its commitment to the issue.
“China has been actively tackling climate change and implementing the Paris Agreement while fighting COVID-19 and promoting economic recovery,”said Zhang Jun, permanent representative to the United Nations. “We pursue green development, put people first, and make every effort to address environmental issues to meet our people’s aspiration for a better life. China earnestly implements the basic state policy of resource conservation and environmental protection, and promote ecological progress to build a beautiful China.”
Ou’s future remains unclear. For now, she runs an initiative called Plant for Survival, which encourages the youth to plant more trees.
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