Let's take action on water and power
I recently went on a school excursion to the Sha Tin Treatment Works and the EMSD Education Path, and learned how water is treated and transported to our homes.
We also found out why we need to use renewable energy technologies and what EMSD has done about energy efficiency.
I now understand how important water efficiency and energy are to us. We all have a part to play in water conservation. For example, after we wash uncooked rice with water, we can use that water on plants.
We can buy a special stopper that fits on taps and slows down water flow. Rather than taking a bath, take a shower to save water. Don't keep the water running when you brush your teeth.
Meanwhile, we should not use electricity unless really needed. Turn off electronic equipment when you are not using it. Use fans rather than air conditioners. Follow instructions when using electrical appliances.
It's time for everybody to take action.
Phoebe Lee, The Chinese Foundation Secondary School
Take good care of elderly parents
Taking care of elderly parents is something everyone should do. But it is not only about giving them money, but also providing loving care and making sure they have healthy diets. This is a social responsibility.
But I do not think the law should require children to take care of their parents. If children only take care of their parents because the law requires it, they will not do it from the heart.
Taking care of our parents should be something we want to do because we care, not because we have no choice - just as our parents took care of us when we were little.
We should set a good example for the next generation and teach them the right values. We cannot expect anyone to look after us when we get old if we don't look after our parents.
My parents have set a good example for me.
I hope when I grow up, I can take care of them as well as they are taking care of my granny now.
Christie Lam Man-ting, Pooi To Middle School
Finding comfort in cartoons
Some young people stop watching cartoons as they get older. But I still enjoy watching them, and I gain new insights.
In the world of cartoons, the good and bad guys are always clearly defined, and the good guys always win.
In reality this is not true. Bad people may pretend to be good and it's hard to tell the truth.
As we grow up and enter society, we are bound to meet people who lie and do bad things. We have to be wise and stick to our own principles.
But it is always possible to return to the world of cartoons and find our innocence again.
Winny Lau, STFA Tam Pak Yu College
Making sense of end-of-world talk
Many people are talking about 2012 - to be specific, December 21, 2012. They say the world will end on that day.
I don't believe it. But some people say the theory is backed by scientists, religion, ancient signs and drawings.
The prediction is mostly drawn from the Mayan calendar. According to some people, December 21, 2012, is the end of a cycle in the Mayan calendar. When that day comes, new lands, mountains, lakes, oceans and people will appear.
Meanwhile, others say there is scientific evidence that a dark planet called Nibiru will pass close by or hit the earth. They predict the earth will stop turning for three days and the planet will be rocked by earthquakes and tsunamis. Continents might break apart.
I find all this very hard to believe, but the topic is all over the internet.
I guess we'll all just have to wait and see.
Addina Fitra Wahyuni, Delia Memorial School (Hip Wo)