The closing ceremony of the “Science in the Public Service” Campaign (SIPS) Roving Exhibition “Climate Change – Our Response” was held at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) on 18 November. The Hong Kong Observatory invited CUHK Jockey Club Initiative Gaia to co-organize the closing ceremony, together with a popular seminar on climate change as well as a programme to visit the Exhibition and the Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change. Speakers of the seminar include the Director of the Observatory, Mr Shun Chi-ming, Director of the Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Professor Gabriel Lau, and the Founder of Polar Museum Foundation, Dr Rebecca Lee. The event attracted around 200 secondary school and university students as well as members of the public.
Vice-Chancellor and President of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Professor Joseph Sung, commended that the six-month long Roving Exhibition has enhanced the public’s understanding and determination in combating climate change, laying a solid foundation for the sustainable development of Hong Kong. He also expressed that “Environment and Sustainability” is one of the “Four Strategic Research Areas and Themes” in the CUHK’s “Strategic Plan 2016–2020”. They would join hands with the Government and enterprises to promptly and effectively apply relevant research results to the society.
Director Mr Shun emphasized that various pieces of evidence and sign have already indicated that climate change is an imminent problem to be faced by all mankind and species. “Climate Change‧Our Response” Exhibition has successfully completed, attracting more than 100,000 visitors and reaching the expected target. However, this is only a starting point in the work of combating climate change and a long way still lies ahead. All of us must continue to join hands together, with the aim of achieving the goal of emission reduction as set in the Paris Agreement.
Since the opening of the “Climate Change‧Our Response” Exhibition on 2 June at the Hong Kong Central Library, it has been displayed at more than ten different venues, including Times Square, Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Public Library, Kowloon Park, Central Government Offices, Wu Kwai Sha Youth Village, etc., covering the whole of Hong Kong. The objective of the Roving Exhibition is to reach out to the public from different sectors and strata, demonstrating the results of coordinated efforts of various Government departments, collaborating partners, stakeholders, as well as members of the community. There were over fifty parties participating and supporting the Exhibition, as well as more than fifty ambassadors from the Institute of Active Aging of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Friends of the Observatory and Government departments, promoting public understanding of and response actions in combating climate change for striving a low carbon and sustainable society.
Although the Exhibition has closed, the Observatory has launched on the SIPS Campaign webpage a virtual tour of the “Climate Change‧Our Response” Exhibition to further public education on climate change. Please help promote to your family and friends, spreading out the right messages on climate change and keeping up to take actions in combat of climate change in three aspects, namely “Adaptation”, “Resilience” and “Mitigation” (i.e. A-R-M). Let’s put the slogan of the Exhibition “ARM and Act” into practice, ARM ourselves in combating climate change and Act now!