What's going on in the world affects us

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 November, 2008, 12:00am

A lot of my classmates say current news is not important because it has nothing to do with them. So they rarely read newspapers or watch news reports on TV.

But they are wrong. Some events have an effect on all of us. Take the financial crisis, for example. Many people are losing their jobs. Our parents could be among them.

Education also concerns us. Under the new senior secondary curriculum, liberal studies will be one of the four main subjects.

It deals with a variety of everyday issues. Students who are not up to date with the latest news will become frustrated.

Also, you could be embarrassed in front of others if you didn't know what's happening around you.

Derek Lam Ngai-chung, Yan Oi Tong Tin Ka Ping Secondary School

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Derek. What goes on in the world affects us because we are so interconnected these days. Many of the things we use each day come from places far away. For instance, we might eat vegetables that come from Kenya, or we might use electronic goods that have metals mined in Australia. What happens in those countries can disrupt the supply. Also, what happens in those countries can have a lasting effect on the environment, which will affect us.

We need to know the impact our lives have on other people so that we can make informed choices about our everyday actions. If we did not know of the harsh human and environmental costs of electronic waste, we might think it's okay to buy a new computer or television set whenever we feel like it.

And last, but not least, we need to know about the leaders of other countries because their decisions can have a direct effect on our lives. When the war in Vietnam took place, Hong Kong was flooded with refugees. Knowledge is key to planning our lives and the knowledge we get from news is vital. Susan, Editor