Sustainability Thinking Seminar – Student Reflection

I learnt a lot more things about sustainable development. The professor’s objective was to convince us by the end of the seminar that sustainable development is important, which he did. He told us a lot of interesting things about life in the past and life now and how people were much more sustainable back then. For example, he told us that since people in the past didn’t have the electrical appliances we have today, they made use of sunlight to light up and warm up their houses accordingly. This was one of the many things we learnt and it was a meaningful talk.

(From 4R 16 Ishika)

 

 

During this seminar, I learnt a lot about sustainable development and how it affects us in our daily life. The speaker was a very well-informed person from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He was invited as a guest speaker to talk in Lingnan University that day. In this talk, we learnt to build the skills needed to solve problems in the 21st century. These problems were specifically pointing towards environmental issues. The speaker gave us many scenarios to think about throughout the talk. There was one thought provoking case the speaker presented. It was about a warehouse. He asked us whether we would pick an old warehouse and get a whole new fire sprinkler system, or buy a new warehouse altogether. Using this example, he proved to us that if the planet burns down, there is no going back. He also gave us some things to note. For example, he told us that the human is the core and waste is failure. One big thing he mentioned was that everything is part of a system. All in all, it was a very informative seminar that I really enjoyed and I really learnt a lot.

(From 4R 10 Waqqas)

 

 

近年世界不斷提倡可持續性發展,不少先進國家都以此來成為未來發展藍圖。現今香港社會各區行人如鯽,香港作為一個人煙稠密的城市,地小人多。不論房屋丶環境丶民生議題都在社會討論得水深火熱,而且要配合可持續發展如何能使「現在」、「未來」互惠互利,值得深究。

這次我到嶺南大學參與此講座,感覺非常特別,因為我們是與大學生一同聆聽大學教授講課。大學教授以一些開放問題、例子,使我們思考可持續發展的想法,讓我們了解這種想法不只限於討論社會議題,在日常生活方面也能應用。在場的同學們更放下書本一起討論、互相聆聽學習,師生無分你我,對於還是中學生的我實屬大開眼界。

在講座完結前,我還「膽粗粗」的向教授請教在「金錢」和「可持續發展」兩者之間如何選擇。我想,畢竟在不少國家(尤其發展中國家),以「錢」途看未來,比「可發展」的未來重要。教授不但没對我的問題感到煩厭,反而和藹可親,打開電腦搜尋一張分隔中美洲島國「海地」和鄰國「多明尼加」的相片。只見多明尼加一片翠綠,海地則山脊貧乏;只有一線之隔,環境卻差天共地。他告訴我海地從前跟對面的「天堂」無異,但該國後來因為「金錢」而放棄「可持續的未來」,結果換來的只是一個不論現在或是未來都只剩貧窮的國家。不知該國有沒有後悔當年一意孤行的決定?

所謂「一子錯,滿盤皆落索」,我在這次講座中學到了:選擇面前的路既要想一下未來,也要衡量得失。

(from 4R05 Thomas Chan)

 

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