Environmental Education in LTFC 環保教育 LS Forum (1):Sustainable Development in Hong Kong 可持續發展
In Hong Kong, the Chief Executive made it clear in his 1999 Policy Address our endeavour to building Hong Kong into a world-class city and making Hong Kong a clean, comfortable and pleasant home would require a fundamental change of mindset. Every citizen, every business, every Government Department and Bureau needs to start working in partnership to achieve sustainable development.
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Question: What are the ways to turn Hong Kong into a sustainable city?
LS Forum (2) ---No Air-Con Day in LTFC 無冷氣日
Imagine it's a hot summer day, and there is no air-conditioning. It might be hard to bear, but if you knew how much damage air-conditioning does to the environment, you would not grumble.
On June 1, over a hundred schools in Hong Kong will switch off their air-conditioners in support of the No Air-Con Day Campaign organised by non-profit environmental group Footprint.
The campaign aims to raise students' awareness of the relationship between fossil fuel - including coal which generates electricity - and the greenhouse effect, which leads to serious environmental damage.
According to a study conducted by Footprint, about 96,000 kilowatts of electricity is needed to generate air-conditioning for 100 schools for a day.
In the process, 60 tonnes of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere.
It will take 17 months for a forest the size of a soccer pitch to absorb that amount of carbon dioxide. Over the past 10 years, the average global temperature has risen from 22.9 to 23.3 degrees Celsius. Six of the seven hottest years in Hong Kong were recorded after 1990. And global warming is causing polar ice caps to melt and sea levels to rise.
In 2001, Tuvalu - a tiny island chain on the Pacific Ocean - warned that it could become the first victim of climate change and disappear under the waves.
Tuvalu - 26 square kilometres of land scattered over nine atolls - is home to 11,500 people. None of the atolls is more than 4.5 metres above sea level. Already, half of Tuvalu's population has moved to New Zealand. The rest are keen to pack up and go before the dire prediction comes true.
It is time to take action to save the Earth before it is too late.
Of all the electrical appliances used in schools, why did Footprint pick air-conditioners?
'Air-conditioners consume the largest amount of electricity - about 60 per cent of total consumption,' said Ho Ka-po of Footprint.
'Air-conditioners are switched on even when it's not very hot. They are what we call 'selfish' electrical appliances. While you are enjoying the cool air indoors, hot air is being emitted to the street.'
For more information on the No Air-Con Day Campaign, visit www.footprint.org.hk.
環保教育 – 無冷氣日 (School circular issued on Friday, 7th May 2010)
環保午膳約章 The Green Lunch Charter
本校已接受環保局及教育局邀請簽署環保午膳約章 (The Green Lunch Charter)，承諾為學生提供午膳時，致力使用可重用餐具和器皿，以及在現場派發飯菜推動，以進一步減少食物浪費、推廣健康生活，並協助學生培養愛護環境的價值觀。
Our School has signed the Green Lunch Charter jointly launched by the Environment Bureau and Education Bureau. We pledged to adopt on-site meal portioning and use reusable food containers and cutlery. This will help reduce waste, promote healthy living and inculcate the values of caring for the environment among students.
水果週 Fruit Week 17/5-20/5 Jointly organized by Volunteering Parent Scheme and the Health Education Department
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