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Environmental Protection Club

2012 April

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St.  Paul’s  Co-­‐educational  College  


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Miss  Chow  

Why  is  it  important  to  instill  a  sense  of  environmental   awareness  in  the  younger  generation?  

“Interview  with  EPC   Teacher-­‐In-­‐Charge                 Ms.  Chow  ”  

The environment is a global issue and affects everyone, for example, extreme weather as a result of climate change impacts everyone’s daily life, which is why everyone should realize the importance of protecting the environment. Moreover, the younger generation is our future. Instilling such awareness in them is like planting seeds, since we hope that they will be able to contribute to the world in tackling environmental issues in the future.

How  do  you  think  the  school  is  doing,  in  terms  of   environmental  awareness  and  friendliness?   It’s quite hard to assess, since environmental protection is a long-term issue that requires continuous effort. As of right now, students are often put into contact with environmental awareness. However, it may take some time for them to put it into action. Nevertheless, exposure is good, because ultimately some people will realize the enormity of the issues and be able to influence others. 2    


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“Interview  with  EPC   Teacher-­‐In-­‐Charge  Ms.   Chow  ”  

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What  activity  held  by  EPC  was  most  effective   and  impressed  you  the  most?   Once again, it’s hard to tell whether an activity is effective or not, because it takes a lot of time to see the future impact on students. Sometimes, the effect is so far off in the future that it may not show immediately. So having no students join an activity doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad. Personally, I thought the You Eat, We Wash activity held last year was most memorable. It was creative and innovative, and it also managed to draw students’ attention and attract them to the activity.

What  are  the  major  obstacles  in  achieving  an   environmentally  friendly  atmosphere  in  SPCC?   Probably the mindset and individual attitudes of students. First of all, it’s hardest to change. Also, many people value materialistic wants and personal convenience over the environment, which makes it difficult to promote environmental friendliness. After all, environmental protection involves small-scale sacrifices that some people are not willing to make.

 

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“Interview  with  EPC   Teacher-­‐In-­‐Charge  Ms.   Chow  ”  

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After  being  EPC’s  TIC  for  five  years,  what  hopes  and   vision  do  you  have  for  the  EPC?  

I hope that the EPC can continue their effects and not give up in their pursuits even if student response is not particularly enthusiastic. Like I said, you never know what will happen in the future and whether people will protect the environment. In some ways, it’s quite like teaching, as it requires an investment of time for a better future. That is why you cannot assess the effectiveness from a superficial level. As long as you try to do something to spread the message, there will be an effect in one way or another.

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Karen  

Why  did  you  join  EPC  in  the  first  place?   I joined EPC as a committee member in F.3 and have committed to serving EPC ever since. At the time, I had an image of EPC as a very efficient club, with organization promotional activities. Also, I felt that EPC had a very grand mission – promoting environmental protection and saving

“  Interview  with  EPC   Chairperson,     Karen  Chan”  

the world. So I decided to join.

What  was  the  most  unforgettable  experience  in   the  EPC?   I would say it was the Green Fashion Show collaborated with the Student Union and the Art Club. It was a big project and we had been preparing for over a month, as there were many concerns and we had to be aware of various risks. The hard work actually made it memorable. Also, the designs themselves were gorgeous, as were the models. The hype and the atmosphere in the show was very rewarding, as we could see that it helped raise awareness by telling students that the environmental protection can be combined with many fun elements e.g. fashion.

 

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“Ten  Questions  with  EPC   Chairperson,     Karen  Chan”  

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With  environmental  issues  being  relatively  less   appealing  to  students,  how  do  you  think  you  can   further  arouse  their  interest?     This year’s theme is actually “Green in Fun”, which hopes to promote the environmental protection through a series of fun and innovative activities. We held some DIY workshops e.g. using plastic wrappings to make bracelets and making hand cream. These workshops also had very enthusiastic response. I think what’s most important is to attract student’s attention, so this year we carried out widespread promotion through various means and tried to collaborate with different clubs and societies so that more people would know about us and what we do.

How  do  you  think  we  can  be  more   environmentally  friendly  at  school?     Not to promote EPC, but actually joining EPC’s activities is very effective. I believe exposure to environmental issues is also a major part of being environmentally friendly and in this respect, EPC organizes many talks on green issues. In addition, we can use double-sided printing or try to bring our own cutlery instead of using disposable ones. 6    


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Local  Environmental  Issue  

Cross-boundary Driving Scheme and Air Quality

Drivers  from  across  the  border   The   controversial   Cross-­‐boundary   Driving   Scheme   allows   mainland   drivers   to   drive   their   private   cars   directly   to   Hong   Kong.   Concerns   have   been   raised   regarding   safety   issues   and   driving   manner   of   mainland   drivers.   However,  the   potential   environmental   problems   brought   by   the   CDB   Scheme   appear   to  be  overlooked.   Pollution-­‐combating  laws  in  Hong  Kong   do  not  restrict  mainland  cars    

     

To  combat  problems   induced  by   vehicle   emission,   a   series   of   measures   is     implemented.   However,   measures   in     Hong   Kong   are  probably  not  applicable     to   mainland   cars.   A  main   concern  is  the   substandard   fuel   provided   by   oil     companies   in   China,   which   contains     lead   and   other   unpurified   dross.   More   substandard   vehicles   may   appear   on     the   busy   roads   of   Hong   Kong   yet   not     restricted   by   any   implemented     measures.      

 

Long  driving  time  and  distance   It   takes   approximately   an   hour   to   drive   from   Luo   hu   to   Hong   Kong.   Imagine   a   hundred   cars   driving   from   China   to   Hong   Kong   each   day,   how   much   air   pollutants  will  be  emitted?     Intensifying  Roadside  pollution   Hong   Kong   has   the   highest   vehicle   density   in   the   world.   More   cars   from   the   Mainland   China   intensifies   already   existing   traffic   congestion   problem.  With  reduced  traffic  speed,  air  pollutants   emitted   by   vehicles   will   concentrate   along   roadsides.   As   a   result   of   Urban   Street   Canyon   Effect,   narrow  streets   and   tall  buildings  create   an   artificial  canyon  which  traps  air  pollutants  at  street   level  for  a  long  time,  posing  serious  threat  to  Hong   Kong’s  air  quality.    

READ  MORE  on  Clean  Air  Network  http://www.hongkongcan.org/eng/tag/cross-­‐border-­‐driving-­‐scheme/  

 

 

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Lights  Out!     On  31

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 March    at  8:30pm  for  one  hourour  

It   has   been   nearly   a   year   since   the   global   event   Earth   Hour   2011   dropped   the   curtain.   This   year,   in   order   to   carry   on   upholding   the   spirit,   Earth   Hour   2012   was   taken   place   on   31st   March   at   8.30pm   for   another   one   hour.   As   the   largest   environmental   event   in   history,   Earth   Hour   is   not   merely   about   saving   an   hour’s   electricity,   but   something   much   bigger.   The   event   aims   at   giving   people  a  voice  to  bring  about  a  better  future  and  have   everyone  work  together  for  a  sustainable  cause.  People   congregate   to   put   the   focus   on   this   brilliant   world   we   all   share,   and   most   importantly,   how   we   need   to   protect  it.  Not  just  for  an  hour  a  year,  but  every  day.  

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  I’m  interested,  count  me  in!     But  what  if  I  have  missed  this  event?   If  you  are  interested  in  participating  in  this   meaningful  event  but  have  missed  it,  you  can   still  switch  off  your  lights  for  an  hour  at  any   time.  You  may  also  sign  up  and  pledge  to   sustain  your  actions  beyond  the  hour  and  set   your  energy  saving  target.  


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How  the  spirit  ignited   Similar  to  how  a  single  spark  can  start  a  prairie  fire,  Earth  Hour  is  a  simple  idea  that  has  quickly  turned   into  a  global  phenomenon.  It  started  five  years  ago  in  Sydney.  Over  2.2  million  people  turned  off  their   lights   to   show   they   care   about   tackling   climate   change   and   protecting   the   natural   world.   Since   then,   hundreds  of  millions  of  people  turn  off  their  lights  for  one  hour,  on  the  same  night,  all  across  the  planet.   A  record  1.8  billion  people  across  the  globe  came  together  for  Earth  Hour  in  2011.  More  than  5,200  cities   and  towns  in  135  countries  worldwide  switched  off  their  lights,  sending  a  powerful  message  for  action   on  climate  change.  

Let’s  spread  the  ‘light’!   Without  a  doubt,  Earth  Hour  has  done  a  lot  to  raise  awareness  of  sustainability   issues  and  shown  how  great  things  can  be  achieved  when  people  come  together   for   a   common   cause.   However,   according   to   WWF’s   recently   released   energy   index,  26  percent  more  energy  was  wasted  in  the  overall  energy  consumption  in   Hong   Kong   over   the   past   two   decades.   We   still   have   a   long   way   to   go   and   without   any   hesitation,   join   the   hundreds   of   millions   switching   off   for   a   brighter   future!  

READ  MORE  on  http://www.earthhour.org/page/about/about-­‐earth-­‐hour    

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Green  In  Fun!   Editor:        4A  Jacqui  Lee;  4E  Chloe  Kwan                Reporters:    3D  Victoria  Kwok;  4A  Joyce  Tan;    5D  Rachel  Li      


EPC Newsletter April 2012