Project gives students a green education

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 September, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 September, 2007, 12:00am
 

Students were urged yesterday to use less energy, buy fewer material goods and commit to leading an environmentally responsible life.


The message was delivered at the launch of an international education project designed to get the next generation involved in fighting climate change.


Climate Cool, part of a broader British Council project to raise awareness of the issue, will begin by taking the challenge of tackling one of the world's most serious environmental problems to classrooms in Hong Kong and Britain.


Other countries, including Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, are expected to join within six months.


In Hong Kong, the three-year project will involve 11 aided schools and the English Schools Foundation. It will target Form Two students with face-to-face and online activities that will see local students working with their British peers.


Form Six students will act as mentors for the project, which will apply to a number of subjects including geography, science and liberal studies. Some of the online resources will be available to all students.


At yesterday's launch by the British Council, the Education Bureau and UniServity, the information technology company providing the online platform, a group of Hong Kong students took part in a live video question-and-answer session with their counterparts at Honiton Community College in southwest England.


Students asked each other about how climate change was affecting their cities and how their respective governments were handling the issue.


Hong Kong Observatory director Lam Chiu-ying urged students to use less air-conditioning and buy fewer goods. Civic Exchange chief executive Christine Loh Kung-wai told students that climate change was the 'defining issue of your time'.


The South China Morning Post is a media partner for Climate Cool. For more information visit www.britishcouncil.org.hk/climatecool


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