The China Central Television (CCTV) has 13 channels running more than a hundred programmes under varied themes for different groups of audiences in China and overseas. CCTV 1 consists of main news related pro-grammes and a part of scientific knowledge related ones. “VOICE” is a weekly product on CCTV 1 designed for raising a shared sense of nature and technology of the youth.
Facilitated by Benin SA, the top host on CCTV, Prof. WANG Hao opened his lecture on CCTV 1 on the last Sunday in October. He brought the youngers an imposing ‘lesson’ through his abundant knowledge, brilliant presentation skills and great passion for water.
VOICE always invites masters in various professions and opens a door of the scientific world to the youth. It re-turns to the scientists by setting up a bridge for them talking to youth and involving public in their superior field.
In two hours, Prof WANG Hao illustrated a whole view of water in China. For the sake of his profound knowledge, the audiences got a vivid picture of the hydrologic history and changes in natural resources. He demonstrated a splendid landscape of inherent properties in China and explored challenges to this nation. “Weak in infrastructure and governance of rainfall in cities,” while reviewing water development in urban, he said, “leads to urban flood in Beijing, Shanghai and other metropolises in the summer season. The residents have to ‘enjoy sea view’ after storms.” He explained audiences how the Central Government responds to this challenge. “One of the ef-fective programmes is ‘the sponge city development,' and the cities deal with rainwater as sponge works.” His interpreted each term with simple words to make the public to get familiar with techniques. His analysis of the pros and cons provided spectators with an in-depth comprehension.
From the top-roof strategies to daily life, he shared various cases. While coming to the efficient use of water and energies, he said, “there is a personal experience of saving water as taking a shower. I always turn an around of the body under the water before using body wash. It is an efficient way of water use’, along with his explanation, Benin used his body language to show this tactic.
The questions from audiences onsite and online showed youth concerns and interests in water issues. They were eager for a response.
The first comment posted by a 15-year old student, he quoted an old saying to descript WANG Hao “as good as water.” For water always contributes to all things and livings without asking for returns, the Taoism identifies the best ethics as to behave like water. WANG Hao shared with this student about his learning experience “as pene-trative as water.” As an oral gift back, WANG Hao told the student, “in the natural world, water can infiltrate a rock for its given nature of penetration and determination. People should adopt it in the pursuit of learning and professional development For an individual; the intellectual prosperity is an outcome of transforming the knowledge from teachers to individual intelligence. Hope you have the nature of learning”.
Another audience was a junior college student who has engaged in the Intellectual Aid to the China West Pro-gramme. Her volunteer working place was a remote mountain area in the West. Teaching in a primary school for six months, the most impressive issue for those volunteers was the water shortage. This challenge has suffered the residents and products. The Programme brought volunteer college graduates some unpredicted experiences of living in the areas undeveloped and vulnerable to climate change. They have been aware of the shortage of education resources in local areas and much weak in governance and development of natural resources. She de-livered hopes on WANG Hao to help the local for water improvement. After keeping her contact method, he stressed the critical challenges to water in China, from pollution, drought, and flood, to waste sewage. By an-swering a question regarding the best choice from bottled, piped and filed water, he said, “the best quality is the piped flow. For 100% secured to the health, we can drink it after boiling for the poorly maintained pipes may af-fect the initially clean flow.
“The lecture of Prof WANG was down to earth. His honest sharing and precise cases engaged me in water use, development, and challenges”, as commented by one of the online audiences.