Green Games in focus

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 17 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 17 November, 2007, 12:00am

Three mainland students received rare access to a British minister this week as she visited Beijing to see the city's Olympic preparations.

The students, Beijing representatives of the British Council's Young Climate Change Awareness Ambassadors Programme, asked Tessa Jowell, the minister responsible for London's 2012 Olympics, about Britain's environmental concerns for the Games.

The young ambassadors, who try to raise awareness about climate change among students, also asked Ms Jowell about what London had done to combat its problems.

Ambassador Jin Yunan said young people took the issue of climate change seriously.

'We want to know that our governments do too. We want to know that they are taking positive action to ensure the Beijing Olympics is a green Olympics.'

Ms Jowell said tackling environmental concerns surrounding the Olympics was a concern for both countries.

'This is a priority for the UK as well as China and we must share best practice,' she said.