Talking Points: What can Hong Kong do to be a better city in 2016?

Compiled by Sam Gusway

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Air pollution is one of the biggest problems we face in Hong Kong today.

Yiu Pak-hei, 9, St Francis of Assisi's English Primary School

We should improve Hong Kong's air quality. Cars give off harmful fumes and this a big headache. Although the situation is much worse in Beijing, we need to do something to tackle the pollution problem.

I think the government can plant trees and use more renewable energy. With improved air quality, Hong Kong can become a more comfortable city for its residents, while attracting more tourists from around the world.

Harrison Shum, 14, Law Ting Pong Secondary School

If Hong Kong really wants to become a better city, the government should improve the education system.

It's true that all local children enjoy 12 years of free education, but there are many problems, such as the controversial Territory-wide System Assessment. Even the standards for the DSE keep changing every year so students are confused. These flaws could ruin Hong Kong's reputation, and the brain drain could become worse.

The government must overhaul the education system. That is the best way for Hong Kong to become a better city in 2016.

Toby Wong Yuet-ying, 15, Tak Nga Secondary School

The government should pay more attention to the environment. Hong Kong's air quality is worsening, so we should treat this issue seriously.

Recycling offers a great solution. For example, reusing paper, glass bottles, cardboard and aluminium cans is a good way to reduce pollution as energy is most needed to create new materials. At the same time, we should not waste food, because our landfills are nearly full.

I hope Hong Kong's pollution problems will be solved soon, and 2016 will be a wonderful year for the city.

Jon Chan, 15, Pui Kiu College

We need to take a long-term approach and stop squabbling among ourselves.

We have been stuck in endless arguments about all sorts of issues, without making anything better for Hongkongers. Very few people really care about finding solutions that could be acceptable to the public. This is why our society can't make any progress.

The only way forward is for us to try to find common ground instead of simply opposing other people's views.

Cheung Chi-hung, 17, HKTA The Yuen Yuen Institute No 1 Secondary School

Everybody is hoping for a brighter future for Hong Kong, but there's a major problem - a lack of communication between the government and the public.

One example is the government's determination to pass the copyright bill, although many people, especially teenagers, strongly oppose the legislation.

Good governance is a two-way street, so I look forward to a government which is willing to discuss key issues openly with the public so that we can all help develop the city.

As Mao Zedong said: "When we believe people we count on, we shall overcome all the challenges and beat all the enemies." Therefore, co-operation is the key to becoming a better city in 2016.

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