IN A bid to help young people acquire an awareness and sensitivity to the environment and its problem, the Green Union of Students (GUS) organised an essay and photography competition on 'Hong Kong Green Crisis'. The goal of the competition was to enhance students' alertness of the presence of such a crisis in Hong Kong and to boost their understanding about the protection of the environment, according to organiser Ms Clara Leong Ka-wah. 'We aim to cultivate green philosophy and lifestyles, and to establish a harmonious interpersonal relationship and promote the practice of green spirit,' said Ms Leong. Hong Kong University student, Manfred Wong Man-cheung, first prize winner of the competition (tertiary section) said the vital factor in protecting the environment was to take action. 'Good action is worth more than a thousand words. It is important for one to take up his or her responsibility to protect the environment,' said the third-year student from the Faculty of Arts. In his essay, an action plan is proposed for promoting awareness and influencing attitudes on the protection of the environment among young people. 'It focuses on what can be done to foster and improve the environment in Hong Kong,' said Manfred Wong. Dr Irene Lo Man-chi, Civil and Structural Engineering Department's assistant professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, who is also a judge on the panel said she was impressed by his action plan. Dr Lo noted that such green programmes should be encouraged to guide students in the establishment of a whole set of green philosophy. 'I wish this programme would continue fostering a healthy attitude towards the environment throughout the educational system,' said Dr Lo. Secondary school students were also included in this programme to extend the range of green promotion. Programme activities included 'Essay and Photo Competition', 'Street Drama' and 'Interflow Camp'. Ivy Lau of Holy Family Canossian College won the first prize in the competition (secondary section). Her schoolmate, Peggy Chu came second. Ho Wing-sze of Man Kiu College came third. GUS was established in 1991. Today it consists of eight green groups in seven local tertiary institutions.