Embarking on a sustainable path to carbon neutrality
CUHK partners with South China Morning Post on major climate event
“We may come from different backgrounds, but we share the same goal – to solve the existential challenge of climate change,” said Professor Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK, at the VIP dinner of the Climate Change Hong Kong Summit. Organised by the South China Morning Post (SCMP) and sponsored by CUHK, the summit attracted a broad cross section of attendees including policymakers, industry leaders, scientists and advocates. It was a useful platform to facilitate the exchange of professional knowledge and insight, underscoring Hong Kong’s role in the global climate response, and mapping out the journey to achieving carbon neutrality in the city.
Before the summit officially began, distinguished guests and speakers joined a guided tour of CUHK’s Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change (MoCC) to experience its interactive and multimedia exhibitions showcasing information about climate change.
CUHK has a longstanding commitment to championing action in response to climate change. Funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the MoCC was established on campus in December 2013. The first museum of its kind in the world, it aspires to be a globally leading centre of thought leadership and education to increase societal awareness and influence community action in the fight against climate change.
Beyond its core exhibitions, the MoCC organises interactive activities including workshops, talks and an extensive range of outreach activities targeting schools and the wider community in Hong Kong. CUHK students are deeply involved with the MoCC via its flagship student ambassador programme which attracts students from an extensive range of disciplines. Since opening eight years ago, the MoCC has trained more than 800 multilingual student ambassadors, who have served close to 400,000 visitors.
The MoCC’s student ambassadors manned an interactive booth at the SCMP Climate Change Summit, which featured displays showing the impacts of climate modelling. The Summit was kicked off with a keynote address by Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po, and featured an extensive range of panel sessions including one on climate diplomacy facilitated by CUHK’s Environment and Sustainability Cluster Convenor Professor Mei-Po Kwan.