The picturesque landscape below is the Jiuzhaigou Valley. Located in northern Sichuan province, China, the Jiuzhaigou Valley is counted as one of the most amazing places on Earth, even though the location is hardly known to outsiders.
A long time ago, there was a beautiful and kind Tibetan girl called Wonuo living in Jiuzhaigou. One goddess gave Wonuo a pair of golden bells as gift when she was born. Every time she rang the bells, the crisp ring turned to crystal clear creeks, and the land that was once barren and drought-ridden became full of life with abundant leafy trees.
One day, while Wonuo was sitting at the river bank to braid her hair, she encountered a young Tibetan man, named Geda, who was feeding his horse. Geda had adored Wonuo for a long time. Wonuo recognized Geda and was impressed by his braveness and intelligence. Both of them were glad to encounter each other again.
All of a sudden, dark clouds and thunder came, and a devil appeared with a strong wind and robbed Wonuo’s golden bells. The wind was so strong that it knocked Wonuo and Geda over. The devil forced Wonuo to marry him. Geda tried his best to fight the devil off, and Wonuo escaped to ask others to help Geda. After nine days and nights of battle, Geda and his fellows killed the devil and returned the golden bells were back to Wonuo.
After the battle, Geda and Wonuo decided to get married. On the wedding day, Wonuo happily rang her bells. Clouds of all different colors appeared and spring water gushed out from underground, forming beautiful lakes in various colors. The gods sent green trees, splendid flowers and various animals to Geda and Wonuo as wedding gifts. Since then, people have called Jiuzhaigou the magical wonderland.
Today, Sichuan Province has been using coal since the 1970s. In particular, coal is the major cooking fuel in rural homes. Burning coal indoors not only harms respiratory health in local households, but also pollutes the environment that Geda and Wonuo created.
Acid rain, for example, a result of excessive coal usage, can destroy the balance of underground spring water and lakes in Jiuzhaigou’s magical wonderland. Estimates suggest that the wonderland may disappear within as little as 20 years if we do not take any action.
Thankfully, a massive household biogas project has been implemented in Sichuan Province that encourages people to switch from using coal to clean energy. By installing a biogas digester (or a closed structure meant for capturing waste and the gas waste emits), the households can sweep the manure directly into the digester without any further contact, and further turn the manure into a cleaner, more convenient, fully renewable and less costly cooking fuel. Stored in the septic tank of the digester, both the risk of infections from decomposing manure and air pollution are greatly reduced.
The household biogas project has already reduced 872,577 tons of greenhouse gas emissions so far, as well as replaces coal usage in the local area. You can support the project implementation and operation by purchasing the carbon credits generated from the project.
Geda and Wonuo fought the devil to save their magical wonderland, and now it is our turn to protect this landscape!
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