Earth Day reminds us that Hong Kong universities need to lead the way

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Earth Day reminds us that Hong Kong universities need to lead the way

Interviewee: Drs Danny MARKS and Justin ROBERTSON (Department of Asian and International Studies)     Media: Hong Kong Free Press    
Publishing Date: 22 April 2020

This year, due to Covid-19, carbon emissions are already down due to less energy use and industrial production. Yet, this heartbreaking moment shall pass. Industrial production will rev up, flights will resume, universities will re-open and environmental crises, in turn, will remain at the forefront of human existence.

In Hong Kong, we are not immune to environmental problems induced by climate change. However, we remain largely oblivious to the direct links between our habits and the actions in other parts of the world that enable them. Given that universities play key roles in society—advancing new ideas, bringing together different groups of society, acting as role models, and training a new generation of thinkers and doers—we believe that Hong Kong’s universities can do more to become sustainability champions.

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