August 5, 2011
Mah Jun, Director, Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, Building 9, Xingfujiayuan, Guangqumennei Avenue, Beijing 100062, China
It is our very great pleasure to present you with the original artwork herewith enclosed, a gift of The Blossom Project.
The purpose of the Blossom Project is to inspire people to do their best to serve the needs of global community, as defined by the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations. The enclosed watercolour painting is one of 19 we are sending out as gifts to individuals or groups able to bring about positive change in the world.
Each painting is a token of acknowledgement for work already done. Each is a gesture of encouragement for work that may yet be undertaken in the future.
Specifically, we wish to acknowledge your work in the area of environmental data-sharing via your not-for-profit agency’s Water and Air Pollution Maps and related tools. As you know, pollution monitoring data are gathered by government agencies worldwide in large quantities, but often this data is not made easily available to citizens. Your work has opened the door to progress in meeting the significant environmental challenges faced by the People’s Republic of China as it rapidly develops. Your maps and reports serve as a global model for openness and accountability. Your Green Alliance network has made it possible foreign businesses with Chinese operations to build sustainable, fair-practice supply chains. By extension, your work empowers consumers of Chinese products worldwide.
We encourage you to continue to expand your reporting on all pollution-sources in China, and to help and advise other agencies attempting to employ your model.
The enclosures provide background on The Blossom Project, the paintings, the recipients, the Millennium Development Goals, and ourselves.
All the information, including a copy of this letter, may be viewed online at www.theblossomproject.org. Should you chose to respond to us, you may do so directly on the website, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by regular mail, address below. We would love to hear from you!
Marlene Yuzak and Allan Casey
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