Creating the ideal eco-friendly school
Action speaks louder than words when it comes to the environment. Many schools in Hong Kong emphasise the importance of environmentally friendly lifestyles and talk about creating an eco-friendly school. They organise talks for students.
But talks do not create eco-friendly schools. We need action, such as more windows in classrooms so that we use less lighting and save on electricity. Schools could upload notes to the internet rather than printing them out and wasting paper.
The government is taking the right approach by promoting e-books. I think it would be great if every school provided an e-book service as it would save on paper not just for notes but for textbooks.
An ideal eco-friendly school should make good use of natural resources and do so together with classes on environmental protection.
Katie Ip, The Chinese Foundation Secondary School
From the Editor
Thank you, Katie, for your thought-provoking letter. When it comes to the environment, speed and timing are of top importance. We all need to act, and we need to act now.
Schools have a perfect opportunity to do something meaningful to save the Earth. They are full of young, hopeful, idea-filled people who stand to suffer the most if we don't stop destroying our planet.
Some schools provide recycling facilities, and encourage students to be 'greener' in their everyday and school lives. But this is not enough.
Some schools, for example, have planted gardens on their roofs - Hong Kong University's Professor Jim Chi-yung has worked with local schools to 'green up' their campuses. Check out www.livingroofs.org for inspiration.
We always welcome news of schools that are doing something positive to help the environment. If your school is doing something that could inspire others to act before it's too late, why not e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us about it?