No more talks, No more excuses: We Start NOW / 為時未晚——地球的最後呼喊

(按此看中文版)

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

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二月十六日晚上,三十位宿生聚集於綜合禮堂B,希望透過紀錄片《洪水來臨前》,得到對全球氣候變遷的一點新啟示。這部由奧斯卡影帝及環境保育倡導者里安納度·迪卡比奧主演的紀錄片,以里安納度的親身經歷,令全球觀眾正視氣候變遷為地球帶來的衝擊。里安納度首次接觸到「氣候變遷」的議題是在2000年,於一次與艾爾·戈爾的會面中,當時的里安納度對於艾爾·戈爾口中所說的「全球暖化」一無所知。隨著多年來的深入探索,里安納度走訪了世界各地,視察了佛咯里達的低窪地區,目睹了中國嚴重的空氣污染,剖析了美國利潤為先的工業體態,也大膽質疑美國的環保政策因飽含政治因素而失敗。

片中一幕接一幕的驚慄畫面,提醒了世人氣候變遷很有可能帶來更嚴重的災難。里安納度於片中反覆表示,自己對於改善全球暖化的問題很是悲觀,但當他知道能用一百間超級電池工廠來轉化永續能源,供給全世界所有電力,他也表示在全球大規模性使用可再生能源,是「有可能」的。

看完紀錄片後,宿生對於自己看待全球暖化問題的態度也有所轉變,「我的朋友曾說過,每個人都應該看一次這套紀錄片。最大的反思是,自己所做出的食物選擇,竟對環境有如此大的影響,對此我很意外。我曾經是素食者,但幾年前放棄了。上一年看完這套片,我再次成為了素食者,因為我不想成為加速氣候變遷的幫兇之一。」一位來自印度的交換生Sankalpana AGRAWAL(賽馬會敬賢堂/電子工程三年級)表示。

我們能夠在為時未晚之前,採取適當的行動,減緩全球暖化,防止災難發生嗎?想為地球盡一份綿力,最簡單的一步,便是從飲食入手,例如少吃肉(美國10-12%碳排放量是牛隻造成),或以雞肉代替牛肉(雞肉可以減少80%的排放量),甚至以素食為主。Green Monday創辦人楊大偉先生於活動當天亦有到場,並於片後與宿生進行分享,他認為無論是個人、團體、機構,或政府,承認氣候變遷是個不爭的事實,並勇於正視此問題為環境帶來的傷害,對現今社會來說尤其重要。他也呼籲公眾實踐健康低碳生活,減少肉食,進而減少對地球帶來的負擔。

我們的時間已不多,在全球溫室效應惡化前,是時候踏出我們的一小步,從自己出發,減少碳排放。住在宿舍的你,依然能盡一份公民責任,就如Sankalpana 所說:「在宿舍減少用水及用電,不單單是對環境負責,更是體現舍堂精神的行為,我們應以身作則,並嘗試把這訊息帶給更多人。」

氣候變遷是全球共同面對的問題,我們應重新審視我們的生活習慣及飲食模式,珍惜資源,多參與保育活動。日後究竟是受後代的讚揚或唾棄,皆由我們決定。不要再有空言,不要再找藉口,立即採取行動吧!

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

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