Plans for green protest

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 May, 2007, 12:00am

The student union of the Chinese University of Hong Kong has threatened to stage a sit-in and signature campaign if the university continues to cut down trees to build two new colleges.

With the curriculum reverting to four years in 2012, the university's vice-chancellor Lawrence Lau Juen-yee has announced on the university's website that there is a 'pressing need' to build new colleges to accommodate an extra 3,000 students.

Members of the student union said the university told them that in exchange for additional land, more than 100 trees will be cut down when a 13,000 square metre slope is flattened.

Morningside College and S.H. Ho College, which include dormitories and dinning halls, will be built.

Union president Napoleon Wong Weng-chi said they will get support from alumni, staff and teachers and will take action by the end of next month. 'We are angry that they plan to cut down so many trees just to build colleges, which students believe are not needed,' he said.

The university says it will plant more trees later.

Jean Hung King-ming, co-founder of the Association of Campus Development Monitor, said saplings cannot replace mature trees.