Climate change

Schools take a stand for nature

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 April, 2012, 12:00am

Twelve international schools came together to form School Earth Day to support this year's Earth Hour organised by WWF. These schools, which belong to the Hong Kong EcoSchool Network, all turned off their lights together on March 29 or 30 to stress the importance of environmental protection.

The network was launched in February and all schools and students were invited to unite to make Hong Kong a greener city.

Karen Shum Mung-kay from HKUGA College, 17, is a co-chair of the network.

'The School Earth Hour in itself does not make a big difference in reducing energy consumption overnight, but it's a beginning and a symbolic act that promotes living a green lifestyle among students,' Karen said. 'It's going to be difficult to change how we live at first, but with determination and a clear goal, I think nothing is impossible.'

As well as School Earth Hour, some schools, including HKUGA, took an extra step by running an Earth Week in March.

'Our events included a vegetarian meals day, a no plastic bottles day, a reduced printing day, and an environmental pledge day,' Karen said. She believes that through the network, students can grow and learn from each other and that more schools will join it.