“Take it Simple‧『揀』約生活” Kick-off Ceremony: Staff and Students Turn 500 Waste Glass Bottles into EdUHK Logo
The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) held a kick-off ceremony called “Take it Simple‧『揀』約生活” today (10 October), in which the participants turned about 500 waste glass bottles into a large-scale EdUHK logo.
Organised by the Wofoo Whole Person Development Centre of EdUHK’s Student Affairs Office, “Take it Simple‧『揀』約生活” is the fourth major event in the “Action By Care傳仁‧喜動” campaign. At today’s kick-off ceremony, the participants converted over 500 painted waste glass bottles into a large-scale EdUHK logo in the campus’s Central Plaza. Officiating at the event were Vice President (Administration) Ms Sarah Wong Man-yee, Vice President (Academic) Professor John Lee Chi-kin, and 2Gather General Secretary Mr Timothy Lau.
In a speech she gave at the ceremony, Ms Wong explained that the event was held with the aim of inspiring the University’s staff and students to reflect on their lifestyle habits, referring to the popular Japanese concept of Danshari, meaning refuse, dispose and separate, “This leads us to reflect on our basic needs and material pursuits, achieving waste reduction and benefiting others through donation,” she said. “In return, we may find that owning less means having more.”
The three-week campaign is tailored to raising awareness of green and simple living through three different stages – learning, experiencing and envisioning – with 17 activities.
The eventful programme will begin with various learning activities to enhance the students’ knowledge of green living. Collaborating with 2Gather, the campaign will include glass painting workshops, documentary screenings, vegetarian lifestyle talks, and more. The activities will allow the students to explore and reflect on their daily lives from multiple perspectives.
In the second stage, the students will be encouraged to use their knowledge and review their options for green living through hands-on activities, such as participating in landfill field trips, turning glass bottles into percussion instruments, repurposing mooncake boxes as ukuleles, participating in chamber-escape games, collecting glass bottles from Lan Kwai Fong, and so on. By taking part in these activities, the students will take on the role of green living advocates in the community.
Following the process of learning and experience, there will be a 24-hour brainstorming conference, titled Climathon, which is the third stage of the campaign. The conference will provide the students with a public platform to envision a future of green living through exchanging their ideas on environmentally friendly solutions with international participants.
Continuing till 28 October, the event aims to benefit over 800 participants with the learning experiences it provides.