A school forum has helped raise students' awareness of the problems and opportunities brought about by globalisation. To celebrate the school's 25th anniversary, the current affairs society of Sha Tin Pui Ying College organised a seminar entitled 'Teenagers' challenges and opportunities under globalisation'. Having invited three social icons - explorer and founder of China Polar Museum Foundation Rebecca Lee Lok-sze, executive director of Oxfam Hong Kong Chong Chan-yau and Yau Lop-poon, editor-in-chief of Yazhou Zhoukan magazine - the event attracted around 700 students from seven schools. 'Hong Kong's young people need to think about what kind of globalisation they want,' Mr Chong, a recipient of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award, said. 'Do they want globalisation which only focuses on big corporations' profits or one that benefits all human beings?' He added that, as an international city, Hong Kong should not only link its economy with other nations, but also help solve world issues such as eliminating poverty and maintaining peace. In her speech, Dr Lee stressed that people 'used natural resources in wrong ways'. Being a polar scientist and the first woman explorer to reach the Arctic, Antarctic and Mount Everest, she said the world was seriously polluted, making it a worse place to live. 'We need to understand that plants [and animals] help us live in this world and we ought to know that we [and the environment] need to be in harmony with each other for the good of all mankind,' Dr Lee said. In order to become more competent in a globalised society, Mr Yau said students needed to develop an in-depth understanding of Chinese and Western cultures as well as improve their language skills, especially English and Putonghua. Reading books and watching movies could become effective tools in helping teenagers raise their awareness of other cultures, he added. 'Young people have to cultivate the ability to learn things quickly and they should develop an aptitude for life-long learning,' the journalist said. After attending the two-hour forum, Form Five students Ho Chor-kin and Lau Chun-kit from Choi Hung Estate Catholic Secondary School said the talks made them realise that globalisation was a double-edged sword which had to be used carefully. 'I'm now more familiar with [how globalisation affects] the environment and the economy,' Chun-kit said. 'I was impressed by Dr Lee's speech as she showed that she is an expert in environmental protection.' The society also organised two other seminars and set up display boards aimed at providing more information about globalisation to fellow students. 'We find that it [globalisation] is an important issue but students do not know much about it,' Pui Ying College principal Irene Yau Oi-yuen said. 'And these events help students broaden their horizons.'