PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 June, 2011, 12:00am


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Creativity best way to save environment

In recent years, more and more people have been paying attention to environmental protection. Recently, a public columbarium at Diamond Hill won a merit award for its green design, which seeks to tackle problems often associated with urns. This news report gave me a tremendous amount of satisfaction.

I think the HK$105 million columbarium's design is great. Its structure is very modern and promotes good ventilation. Also, there are many plants on the rooftop and walls.

Such buildings can reduce air pollution and protect the environment. This kind of concept must be applied more widely by the government. Then it will help improve Hong Kong's air quality.

The award highlights the fact that we must be prepared to tackle our environmental problems in creative and imaginative ways.

We must also understand that this is a very small first step, but every effort - no matter how small - is to be applauded as we strive to save our precious environment.

Victor Chan, Fanling Rhenish Church Secondary School

Students must learn to voice concerns

I think most Hong Kong students do not care about political events and discussions.

Very few of them will voice their opinion even though they may have been affected by the government's education reforms. Even fewer would talk about international events although they could have an impact on Hong Kong.

Sometimes, there will be a chance for students to take part in politics and public affairs.

But they are usually reluctant to be in the spotlight. What are the reasons for this? Are they simply nervous, or not confident enough to talk in public?

Perhaps Hong Kong's schools and teachers can encourage students to speak up on key issues and show more concern about their future.

Jack Lee, Hang Seng School of Commerce

Was I right to give up on my rugby dream?

Until a few months ago I used to go to Tai Han Tung recreational ground every Sunday to train with one of Hong Kong's rugby clubs.

I also used to watch matches played by professionals, especially the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens. Seeing these players made me want to play the game. It was my dream.

Our club usually had mini rugby matches with other clubs. In my first game, I injured my right hand.

After I recovered, I began playing again. My mother wanted me to stop, but I didn't listen to her.

Yet although I tried hard, I couldn't stop thinking about the day I got injured. And it affected my game so much that I just could not play well.

So now I have given up playing altogether. I still don't know if I made the right decision.

Wong Tsoi-ying, Maryknoll Fathers' School

Celebrities deserve some privacy, too

All Hong Kong citizens have a basic right to privacy - to keep secrets that they wish to reveal only to those they trust most.

Huge interest in celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Justin Bieber and David Beckham mean their lives are always under scrutiny from the paparazzi. Although the media attention helps these stars earn big money from their work and endorsements, they are not really any different from us. They need their privacy, just like we do.

So let's give them some space. And some room to breathe.

Frederick Lo, Global Education Centre

'Little lives' matter as much as we do

The rapid rise in the world's population has led to increased construction, causing the destruction of precious ecosystems.

Numerous animals have lost their natural habitats and face extinction. But does anyone care? And, if they do, does it change what has happened?

I feel pessimistic about the problem. Could you imagine if one day you realised that your home was no longer safe? If you found there was no safe place to live in, you would feel terrified. This is how the animals feel. They used to be free and happy. But not any longer.

Look what man has done to them. They all have families just like you and me. Little lives matter, too!

Joey Cheung Man-yee, Maryknoll Father's School