On 16th Februrary, a group of roughly 30 people gathered in Multi-function Hall B, hoping to learn a lesson on climate change through the documentary Before the Flood (2016). The documentary was the Academy Award-winning actor and environmental activist Leonardo DICAPRIO’s personal journey of understanding climate change, he was first being introduced to the term ‘climate change’ when he had a meeting with Al GORE in 2000. He then went to different parts of the world to see how badly the world was affected by vigorous acts of civilization, he had seen the sea level rising in Florida and low-lying Pacific islands, air pollution in China, the climate denial industry in the U.S., and how politics led to U.S.’ failure of addressing climate change issues.
While the movie revealed many gloomy and depressing truths of climate change, and DiCaprio himself admitted several times in the movie that he was a profound pessimist towards this issue, his face still lit up knowing that 100 lithium-ion battery ‘Gigafactories’ can provide renewable energy to the entire world, and he used the word ‘manageable’ to describe how it is hopeful that the world can be powered with cleaner energy.
After watching the movie, residents reflected on their own living styles. “My friend told me that everyone should watch this documentary, and I was deeply shocked by how our food choice made the most impact on the world. I used to be a vegetarian in the past and I quitted a few years ago, after watching this documentary last year, I turned back to being a vegetarian. I don’t want to be a part of the crowd that contributes to the destruction of the planet.” said Sankalpana AGRAWAL, an exchange student from India (Jockey Club Humanity Hall, Year 3, Electrical Engineering).
Indeed, are we doing enough to protect this beautiful planet of ours from further damages? Or are we the ones who are persistently doing harm to Mother Earth? The easiest step towards being a greener citizen is by changing your diet, it is something that you can do tonight, or even right now. The founder of Green Monday, Mr. David YEUNG, led a post screening discussion with everyone, and he acknowledged that it is important that individuals, or even the government, to recognize that climate change is real, and it’s indisputable that it’s adversely affecting our environment. He also called on different parties’ joint effort in reducing carbon footprint, and performing social and environmental responsibilities.
Start playing your part in eliminating climate change, just like what Sankalpana said concluding the short discussion, “As a hall resident, lessen electricity or water usage not only to fulfill social and environmental responsibility, but to treat them as actions which embody our hall spirit, and try spreading this message and get more people to become more active in this issue.”
When it comes to acting against climate change, it is time that we say: no more talk, no more excuses, we start right now.
GreenWise is a series of programmes initiated by recipients of Joseph’s Catering Outstanding Student Leader Awards 2015/16, Tina ZHAO (Residence Tutor, Alumni Civility Hall, Year 4, Accounting)and Sadhika NANDA (Residence Tutor, Hall 11, Year 3, Asian & International Studies). Another programme was a D.I.Y. Mini Potted Plants Workshop held on 13th February.
Writer: Jessie LOCK (Jockey Club Academy Hall)
Images: JEONG Jiwon (Jockey Club Academy Hall), Kerstin LANGENBERGER
GreenWise《洪水來臨前》電影放映會由兩名「嘉年華美食到會有限公司傑出學生領袖獎」得主趙藝婷（校友樂禮堂導師/會計學系四年級）和Sadhika NANDA（舍堂十一導師/亞洲及國際學系三年級）舉辦。是次放映會是GreenWise 的其中一個活動，另一個活動是迷你盆栽工作坊，一系列的活希望向同學推廣環保、保育環境的意識。
文: 駱嘉時 (賽馬會群智堂)
攝: JEONG Jiwon (賽馬會群智堂)、Kerstin LANGENBERGER