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PUBLISHED : Monday, 12 June, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 12 June, 2006, 12:00am

Need for awareness about energy issues

Many countries around the world have taken steps to reduce their electricity consumption.

Hong Kong, too, is doing its part to promote the importance of saving energy.

According to a recent newspaper report, Hong Kong Electric is encouraging local students to submit proposals for sustainable development.

This is a good opportunity for students to express their ideas and feelings. Besides, the activity will also help them think about the global energy problems.

Hong Kong's first wind-power station on Lamma island will raise awareness of renewable energy among the community.

But Hong Kong is a small place so the problem will be to find space to build renewable energy plants.

Hong Kong people should not waste electricity.

Finding alternative energy sources is important to us, but

it cannot solve our energy problems completely.

The government should do more to educate the public about the importance of using less electricity.

Li Ying

Our Lady of The Rosary College

Tuna dilemma

Although tuna fish stocks have been falling over the past few years, there is no need to ban tuna fishing.

Some tuna species, such as yellow fin and big eye, are not on the endangered list. They are so expensive most people cannot afford them.

Only bluefin tuna is facing extinction, and other species have been suggested as alternative choices. According to a recent survey, most canned tuna is skipjack, which is not threatened.

The United Nations is considering introducing a quota system for tuna fish, without banning it completely from the dinner table.

Japanese people eat a lot of tuna. If tuna fishing is banned, hundreds of Japanese fishermen will lose their jobs.

Who's going to compensate them?

International co-operation is the only way to tackle this problem.

Candy Chan Yuen-i

Yan Oi Tong Tin Ka Ping Secondary School

Exchange trips help build character

Overseas exchange programmes provide a useful experience for Hong Kong students. The teenagers learn to become more independent and do their own thing as they enjoy life in a foreign country.

One of my friends who went to France for a year learned to speak French. Through the

trip, she gained a better understanding of French culture and the lifestyle of people in that country.

Besides, she has become a more responsible person.

Many Hong Kong teenagers are lazy nowadays.

Most families have domestic helpers who look after the children.

The parents are too busy so the helpers do everything for the children. They become spoiled and are unable to solve their own problems.

If I have the chance to take part in an overseas exchange programme, I would like to go to Britain.

Hong Kong, which was a British colony before 1997, has many western characteristics.

In addition, I admire western teaching methods which allow students to explore and use their imagination.

Hong Kong's school curriculum stifles creativity,

with the emphasis being on memorisation.

Joining an exchange programme is a good way to make my life more colourful and energetic.

Peggy Leung

Methodist College

People should behave on public transport

I am writing in response to the 'bus uncle' incident.

A middle-aged man was disturbing other bus passengers by talking loudly on his mobile phone.

When a young man tapped him on the shoulder and asked him to lower his voice, he scolded him and used foul language.

The man's behaviour was immature.

This incident reminds us that we should behave properly on public transport.

We should talk softly, not fight in public and not use bad words.

According to the Road Traffic (Public Service Vehicles) Ordinance, it is an offence to swear in public.

If I were the young man, I would have informed the bus driver and asked him to stop the vehicle.

I hope everybody behaves in a considerate manner so that this kind of unpleasant incident will not happen again.

Yang Yan

Ko Lui Secondary School

Global reach

An increasing number of students in Hong Kong are learning Putonghua, which is fast becoming a global language.

Many local firms are seeking employees with Putonghua skills.

The language began to play an important role after the handover.

Now Putonghua is as important as English.

Susan Mak

Methodist College