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Locals mobilized to clean up city’s dirty image
洗髒亂惡名 麥寮種樹掃街

Local villagers and volunteers from Formosa Plastics Group clean up the streets in Mailiao Township, Yunlin County on Nov. 24.
台塑義工與鄉親十一月二十四日在雲林縣麥寮鄉打掃道路。

Photos: Lin Kuo-hsien, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者林國賢

Formosa Plastics Group (FPG) and local residents in Yunlin County’s Mailiao Township have teamed up to clear the town’s notorious image as the dirtiest town in Taiwan. Last week 230 volunteers were mobilized to plant 1,400 trees and clean up the streets. Mailiao is definitely not the dirtiest town in Taiwan, villagers say.

The Conservation Mothers Foundation, which evaluates environments in towns across the nation, has given Mailiao the worst of appraisals — “a town in dire need of improvement” — two years in a row, which is hard for locals to swallow. Last week local residents enthusiastically took part in the event “Protecting Trees, Loving Home,” wrapping straw around trees to keep them warm and collecting litter from the streets.

Chen Wen-yang, assistant general manager of FPG’s administration department in Mailiao, says that the amount of trash they could clean up in two hours was quite limited. He hopes that it will lead to more improvements in the future and encourage local residents to participate in similar community cleanup projects, as well as train them not to litter and take an interest in protecting their living environment. It would help create clean and beautiful living environments if every village took the initiative in eradicating squalid surroundings.

Mailiao resident Hsu Chung-fu says that his town is a clean and beautiful farming village, adding that local villagers have been enthusiastic in recent years about cleaning up their living environments by working to beautify and add more greenery to the community. Last week more than 100 local villagers helped with sanitation work.

Employees from FPG’s sixth naphtha cracker brought their families to take part in the event, watching their children help move rocks bigger than their hands and carrying straw taller than them, turning the kids into little environmentalist soldiers, who helped protect the trees and inspired the adults to work harder. This spirit of caring for the town and land in which one lives will hopefully be passed on from generation to generation.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. notorious adj.

惡名昭彰的;聲名狼藉的 (e4 ming2 zhao1 zhang1 de5; sheng1 ming2 lang2 ji2 de5)

例: That restaurant is notorious for having bugs in the food. Let’s not go there.

(那家餐廳因食物有蟲而惡名昭彰。咱們別去吧。)

2. enthusiastically adv.

踴躍地;熱心地 (yong3 yue4 de5; re4 xin1 de5)

例: The audience enthusiastically welcomed the speaker.

(聽眾熱情歡迎演講者。)

3. naphtha n.

揮發油;石腦油 (hui1 fa1 you2; shi2 nao3 you2)

例: Protesters demand that the government conduct health risk assessments of the naphtha cracker prior to allowing the expansion project to begin.

(抗議者要求政府批准擴展計畫之前,先對輕油裂解廠進行健康風險評估。)


洗刷全國最髒鄉鎮惡名,台塑與麥寮地方結合,上週動員二百三十名志工種植一千四百棵綠樹,同時整理道路環境。村民說,麥寮絕對不是全國最髒的鄉鎮。

環保媽媽基金會評比全國各鄉鎮環境,麥寮鄉連續二年被評為極待改善鄉鎮之冠,地方難以接受。上週「護樹愛家園」活動,鄉民參與踴躍,民眾除了為綠樹披上保暖稻草衣,也撿拾道路垃圾。

台塑麥寮管理部協理陳文仰說,兩個小時整理、清運的垃圾有限,盼能拋磚引玉,鼓勵鄉親參與家園清掃活動,養成「垃圾不落地」、「守護居家環境從自己做起」的習慣,每個村落動起來,消滅髒亂死角,營造一個乾淨美麗的家園。

麥寮鄉民許忠富表示,麥寮鄉是個清潔、漂亮的農村,鄉親這幾年積極營造清淨家園,投入心力提升社區綠美化,上週就有百餘名村民投入清潔工作。

台塑六輕廠員工也攜家帶眷共襄盛舉,看著孩子們幫忙搬著比小手還要大的石頭,手拿比其身高還要高的稻草,化身環保小尖兵,保護綠樹,讓大人們更全力護樹,盼愛鄉愛土精神,能一代傳承一代。

(自由時報記者林國賢)

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