Themed as Green Voices for this year’s conference, the one-day sfvent at Discovery College, Discovery Bay, was to have students from 12 ESF member schools to brainstorm potential campaigns in raising environmental awareness in Hong Kong.
Guest of honour, Ms. Christine Loh, Under Secretary for the Environment HKSAR, took the stage as the Chief Judge for students’ work on various campaigns ideas in raising environmental awareness. Ms. Loh’s insights in the environmental policy developments of Hong Kong gave students an unprecedented insight into how decision makers tackle some of the very challenging questions in promoting conservation in Hong Kong, such as the domestic waste recycling programme.
Keynote speaker, Dr. Andy Cornish, former Director of the WWF Hong Kong, spoke about his campaign experiences in the total ban of trawl fishing in Hong Kong under his directorship between 2005-2012.
Dr. Willie Smits, keynote speaker in the 6th Annual ESF Environmental Conference was also presented in this year ‘s conference.
Students from one of our partner schools, the Victoria Shanghai Academy (VSA), also took part in this event and presented ideas in school greening. This included the utilization of a slope behind the school for tree planting for education and vertical greening on school buildings.
Teams from other schools presented ideas on reducing food waste in school, banning shark fins, recycling plastic in consumer products and reducing air pollution.
The participant schools at this year’s conference included:
- Kennedy School (microbits),
- Shatin Junior School (plastic products),
- Discovery College (Shark Fins),
- Renaissance College (Food Waste),
- Clearwater Bay School (Shark Fins),
- Kowloon Junior High (Food Waste),
- Glenealy School (plastics),
- Quarry Bay School (Air Pollution),
- Beacon Hill School (Food Waste),
- Peak School (Ivory),
- Victoria Shanghai Academy (Air Pollution),
- Bradbury School (Food Waste).
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