MAKE A DIFFERENCE: HELP THE ENVIRONMENT
WHO WE ARE
We are students who attend JEMS Character Academy and we are in Green Level. This year, we have been learning to grow in our empathy and compassion for the environment, especially in our community.
We hope you will enjoy our website, and grow in your compassion towards the beauty of our very surroundings!
The more we understand, the more we can be compassionate!
From: Chantal, Jack, Brandon, Peggy, Rayson, Adrian, Thera, and Yui Yi
WHAT WE LEARNT
This year we learnt about climate change,
sustainability, and how humans affect the environment. Climate Change happens when too many greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere, causing worldwide weather patterns to change.
Sustainability means to live in a way that doesn't use up Earth's resources too fast. One way we can measure sustainability is with our carbon footprint. Our carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide we release into the atmosphere.
OUR LOCAL ENVIRONMENT
Hong Kong is home to many different types of landscapes, such as mountains, countryside, and islands. While Hong Kong is only approximately 1000 sq. km., it is home to over 2500 species of plants, 450 species of birds, 80 species of butterflies, and more. Some species can only be found locally!
WHY WE CARE
Currently, humanity's carbon footprint is too large - in other words, we are living an unsustainable lifestyle. Because of this, the environment suffers as we are using up too much of the Earth's resources, too fast.
Hong Kong also faces some environmental challenges too. Factories, cars, ships, construction etc. produce air pollution and water pollution, which affects the local wildlife through habitat destruction, and causes health problems for humans.
We only have one planet, and Earth is our home! We must do our part to care for it as best as we can. Even the smallest action, such as reducing our electricity usage by turning off the AC, or eating less meat, can have a big impact!
From our students:
"Being sustainable helps the local environment because it can reduce emissions and air pollution. I would like to live in a good world where everyone lived sustainably and treated the environment well. I can show empathy and compassion by using less disposable utensils" - Adrian
"When we live more sustainably, we will be able to reduce waste and learn to be more eco-friendly. I’d want people to be as sustainable as they can and try to protect the environment." - Thera
"I want to live in a clean place, somewhere with no trash or rubbish in the ocean and fresh air. Being sustainable will help protect our environment" - Yui Yi
Solving climate change and being sustainable is a complex problem, but it can start with individual action. For example, we could choose to take public transportation, use re-usable bags, use less electricity at home, buy sustainably sourced products, and eat less meat. Small actions, if done collectively, can have a big impact!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Learn more about the environment by reading through our website, and understand the challenges it faces.
Look around your local community, explore the natural beauty and challenges in your neighbourhood, and identify changes that you can make to your lifestyle to be more sustainable.
Share What You Have
Donate money and/or time towards projects that really focus on helping the local environment , like Plastic Free Seas (see below).
Help us get the word out and inform more people about the local environmental challenges, how to be more sustainable, and help us put compassion into action!
PLASTIC FREE SEAS
JEMS Character Academy is partnering with Plastic Free Seas to teach children to have more empathy and compassion towards the environment. Plastic Free Sea's mission is to change the way we all view and use plastics in society today, through organising student conferences, launching education and action initiatives, and social media campaigns.