BEIJING, June 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — About 400 kilometers north of beijing is Saihanba, a green “Great Wall” which in recent decades has grown from a wasteland to a vast forest planted and tended one tree at a time, which has defended the capital from China sandstorms.
Today’s young CPC members in Saihanba have inherited the shovels and buckets of water from their predecessors, and more importantly, their spirit – a strong sense of mission, hard pioneering work and green development. which has been passed down and cherished.
Among these young people from Saibanba, Zhang Jianglai has deep thoughts on the “green miracle”. “As a new generation member in Saihanba, I always remember my mission for the CCP and the people,” Zhang told the Global Times.
“The older generation laid a solid foundation for us. We are leaning on their shoulders and moving forward,” he said. “Time changes, so does our task. Now we must contribute to the construction of an ecological civilization.”
Saihanba’s achievements for more than half a century reflect the concept that “clean waters and green mountains are just as precious as gold and silver”. This proves the idea of ​​Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, that “to protect the ecological environment means to protect productivity and improve the ecological environment, it is to develop the productivity”.
About 400 kilometers north of beijing is Saihanba, a green “Great Wall” which in recent decades has grown from a wasteland to a vast forest planted and tended one tree at a time, which has defended the capital from China sandstorms.
Today’s young CPC members in Saihanba have inherited the shovels and buckets of water from their predecessors, and more importantly, their spirit – a strong sense of mission, hard pioneering work and green development. which has been passed down and cherished by the Chinese. people.
Among these young people from Saibanba, Zhang Jianglai has deep thoughts on the “Green Miracle”. “As a new generation member in Saihanba, I always remember my mission for the CCP and the people,” Zhang told the Global Times.
“The older generation laid a solid foundation for us. We are leaning on their shoulders and moving forward,” he said. “Time changes, so does our task. Now we must contribute to the construction of an ecological civilization.”
Saihanba’s achievements for more than half a century reflect the concept that “clean waters and green mountains are just as precious as gold and silver”. This proves Chinese President Xi Jinping’s idea that “protecting the ecological environment means protecting productivity, and improving the ecological environment means developing productivity.”

child of the mountains
Born on a ranch in the 1990s, Zhang has a deep connection to mountains and forests.
He was given a name “Jianglai”, which means “in the future” in Chinese. It is possible that his parents wanted him to explore the world in the future, but instead chose to work at the Saihanba Mechanized Forest Farm in north china Hebei Province after graduating in 2016.
“I arrived on National Day in 2016. It was my dream job,” he said.
At first, Zhang was assigned to Dahuangqi Farm in Saihanba as a technician. Subsequently, he was given the role of managing forests, planting trees and overseeing the online trading of carbon credits. He was promoted to manager of the Xiahebian farm in Saihanba in December 2021.
Working in the cradle of the mountains, Zhang often has to endure a harshness and loneliness that city dwellers find hard to imagine.
“I still remember the first winter when I arrived in Saihanba. The cold wind seemed to have penetrated my bones,” he said. “In the shadow of the hills, even with the thickest gloves, my fingers were still numb. The cold wind was blowing directly in my face and I was out of breath.”
“At that time, I asked myself, why did I choose this profession?”
However, Zhang was soon ashamed after seeing that her co-workers had no complaints about the extreme work environment. On the contrary, they carefully recorded the data.
“The adaptation process is difficult, but it generates the most willpower,” Zhang realized.
Once, on a normal day in May, when Zhang was planting trees on the mountain slopes, it started to snow. “I wasn’t expecting snow this time of year and started shaking immediately. I was freezing and couldn’t even tear the seasoning for a bag of instant noodles.”
While working in the woods, it is normal to be bitten by insects. In the summer of 2019, while planting trees in the mountains, Zhang was bitten by a tick. He didn’t pay much attention to the bite and thought he would heal soon. However, he didn’t, and his arm swelled up to the point that he was unable to bend it.
“I went to the hospital at the end and I still have a scar there,” he said, “that’s the first medal that this job gave me.”
During the winter, the forests are exposed to the risk of spot fires. To keep the area safe, Zhang wakes up at 4 am every day. “Even if it’s -20°C, I have to inspect the forests and reach all the checkpoints. It’s a real battle.”
“Gradually and slowly, I realize why everyone can fight for the forests – when I see lush young trees on the mountain, I cannot describe how much satisfaction I feel in my heart. This work gave me really brings happiness.”

The will of a young Party member
Zhang has overcome difficulties in his job because he lives with the spirit and values ​​of a CPC member. He also has in-depth knowledge of today’s CPC.
From an early age, Zhang worked hard to become a CPC member. He joined the Party soon after he started working at Saihanba.
“The Communist Party of China is the vanguard of the Chinese working class and the leading core of the Chinese people of all nationalities. Joining the Party is not only a kind of spiritual purification, but also a kind of improving one’s consciousness,” he said.
“At that time, I had the idea that I wanted to join the CCP. I want to realize the value of life. Now, as a Party member for five years, when I remember the time where I joined the Party, I still feel excited.”
Zhang believes that as a young Party member in the new era, one should tap into the powerful spiritual power of perseverance passed down from the older generation.
Since 1962, the builders of the Saihanba Reforestation Community have answered the call of the Party by working hard to achieve a miracle: transforming this treeless sandy wasteland into a vast forest. The spirit of Saihanba involves a strong sense of mission, hard pioneering work and green development.
“It’s my story, and it’s also a portrait of the young people on the tree farm. Every little role shines when we work together. The older generation laid a solid foundation for us. We stand on their shoulders and go forward,” he said.

New task in a new era
Times change and so do the tasks in the tree farm. From planting trees on bold hills to promoting new growth in forests, from providing timber to eco-friendly products… Saihanba’s role is evolving, with people here calling it Saihanba’s “second startup” .
New technologies are being deployed to streamline work at Saihanba. Now Saihanba has forest fire prevention monitoring system, drone monitoring, infrared fire detection radar and lightning monitoring system.
“We were born at the right time and have a heavy responsibility on our shoulders. Our young generation should make persistent efforts, shoulder this heavy burden, take the initiative to learn, and use science and technology to lead the development of the world. ‘green enterprise of Saihanba, and contribute to building an ecological civilization for our young generation,’ Zhang said.
“There is a vivid expression of ecological environment protection and economic development: protecting the ecological environment is protecting the productive forces, and improving the ecological environment is also developing the productive forces,” Mr. Zhang said.
“Saihanba’s successful restoration is an example of the CCP’s ecological civilization initiative. The miracle of Saihanba is that Party members do not forget their original aspirations and remember their mission,” Zhang said.

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202206/1267319.shtml

SOURCE World Time