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Initiative of World Taoism Origin: Promote Ecological Culture and Health Together

The First Ecological Safety and Elderly Health Forum, Chinese Medical Culture Week 2011 and Opening Ceremony of World Taoism Origin Ecological Cultural Center were held at the “Sacred City of Taoism Origin" in Heming Mountain, Dayi County, Chengdu, Sichuan Province from November 15th to 18th 2011. Experts in the fields of ecology, food, nutrition, sanitation and medical care from China, Russia, Japan, Mongolia, the United States, Tonga, Jordan and India;  ambassadors; leaders from  international organizations and non-governmental organizations like UN-habitat, UNU,UNITY, IESCO, China Foundation for International Studies and Chinese Culture Link Project Organization Committee; Representatives of entrepreneurs and provincial and municipal leaders from Sichuan Province attended this forum, witnessed the opening ceremony of World Taoism Origin Ecological Culture Center andpresented Initiative in World Taoism Origin Ecological Culture and Health.
The locale of this forum is the very birthplace of the only indigenous religion of China—Taoism. Since 2005, a comprehensive plan to rejuvenate and reconstruct the “Sacred City of Taoism Origin” has been carried out in Mount Heming. The plan aims to study and inherit academic traditions and Taoism traditions in Chinese traditional culture and, establish Mount Heming as the “Sacred City of Taoism Origin” integrated with diversified functions: an education base of Chinese traditional culture, a health preserving resort as well as a scenic spot with the teachings of “Doctrines Follow Nature, Cherish Life and Honor Harmony” as theoretical basis. World Taoism Ecological Culture Center, the opening ceremony of which was held on November 16, is a global non-governmental organization initiated by IESCO, China Foundation for International Studies and Enwei Group. After its foundation, the center willregularly organize various international events to promote ecological culture, Taoism and elderly health, promote the concept of ecological safety and health culture in the world and become an international platform for international cooperation and cultural exchange based on the unique culture of the “Sacred City of Taoism Origin”.
Co-Chairman of IESCO Mendsaikhan, Enkhsaikhan (from Mongolia), Tonga Ambassador to China Siamelie Latu,      Vice Director-General and Secretary General of China Foundation for International Studies Ambassador Wang Zhen,  Standing Deputy Director of Executive Committee of Chinese Culture Link Project Li Yongfeng, Honored Science and Engineering Worker of Russian Federation and President and Academician of International Academy of Ecology and Life Protection Sciences Rusak Oleg and provincial and municipal  leaders from Sichuan Province presented addresses at the opening ceremony of this forum. In the following key-note speeches, the experts and representatives who attended this forum carried out a spirited discussion on “ecological safety, Taoism culture, health and Chinese medicine”. They all agree that Chinese Taoism thinking, with over 5,000 years’ history, has exerted far-reaching influence on Chinese traditional culture. The ideas of “Unity of Nature and Human”, “Yin and Yang are Balanced and Governing by Non-interference”, “the Highest Good is Like Water” and “Respecting Doctrines While Valuing Virtues” concur with the principle of harmonious co-existence between human and nature which are highly valued and advocated by the modern international society. We propose that we should blend the Taoism thinking of “Unity of Nature and Human and Doctrines Follow Nature” with the new ideas in modern eco-safety theory in order to promote the more harmonious development of human and nature.
Preserving ecological civilization should start from beckoning to the summons of our hearts, whereas ecological safety must be kept by daily practice. According to the Initiative in World Taoism Origin Ecological Culture and Health presented at the closing ceremony of this forum, humanity plays the most dynamic and positive role in eco-system. Currently, in amassing huge material wealth, we are also aggravating the imbalance of natural eco-system, resulting in the scarcity of earth resource. Therefore, we should utilize and explore natural resources in a reasonable and scientific way, realize resource safety and sustainable development and encourage more people to step into forests, wet lands and grasslands. We give countenance to the new idea of health given by WHO, encourage the public to lead a scientific and healthy life. And we are against any unscientific or pseudo-scientific health regimens. We advocate popularizing the idea of ecological health around the world to diminish diseases, enhance health and improve life quality.

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