Canadian professor's 'small target': 'Make China more beautiful'
2018-04-16 08:41:00


On the morning of Apr. 15, Mr. Tony Sansotta, a Canadian professor who initiated the river clean-up activity “Mother River, Mother’s Day” in Nanjing, addressed the launching ceremony of college students volunteer activity "Qinhuai River Clean-up 2018”, calling on the public to protect the environment and make China more beautiful.

Prof. Sansotta is now teaching writing and spoken English at Nanjing University. He has participated in the river clean-up activity for three consecutive years.

On May 7, 2016, one day before Mother’s Day, about 200 Nanjing University students participated in the event “Mother River, Mother’s Day”, picking up garbage, cleaning river banks and keeping waterways clean. In 2017, one more university joined the event. And this year, with the support of government, some 1,100 students from 10 colleges and universities participated in the event.

"In Canada, many cities have a river clean-up day. People are encouraged to be involved. The whole family, including the little kids would come out. After the clean-up, there will be a barbecue to celebrate and have fun," said Prof. Sansotta.

Prof. Sansotta came to Nanjing in 2010 and his wife is from Yangzhou, Jiangsu province. "Taking the place as my second hometown, I’ve long been ready to do something helpful and meaningful. That explains why I was determined to organize the event. I believe if we do it for one day, maybe the others can do another different day. Then the river will be clean all the time,” he said.

"We all need to do our part to make a better environment and a more beautiful home,” he added. Editor:Dylan