//vol.13-2 Youth Speak

  • Eight students in Primary 5 at the HKFYG Lee Shau Kee Primary School in Tin Shui Wai sum up their knowledge about pollution, waste and caring for the environment.
  • Their teacher realizes how important it is to prepare students for the changes ahead.
  • She says that what they do, and what they fail to do now, will come back in future to remind them of the importance of their actions.

What are Hong Kong’s biggest environmental problems?

Pollution “Land, water and air are the main three problems in Hong Kong, as well as light pollution.”


What effects of pollution do you see every day?

Smog “We can’t see the sky clearly.” Health “We can’t breathe easily at the bus stop and people sometimes get sick from contaminated food.”


How can everyone care for the environment?

Traffic “Take public transport instead of private cars. That will help reduce the number of vehicles and reduce toxic gases.” Food and containers “Take our own bottles, bags and food containers and buy less pre-packaged food.” Waste “Create less waste food by not ordering too much in restaurants and we can donate clothes that we don’t need.” Garbage “Collect rubbish that we see in country parks and on beaches and always use the recycling bins.”


What are the most important things you and your family can do to help?

Recycling “Start practicing the 4Rs: Recycle, Reduce, Reuse and Refuse. We also do upcycling at home and reuse food containers.” Save energy. “We turn off switches whenever we can.”


How do you look after the environment at school?

Trees and plants “Our school has built a garden and we take turns with planting. A gardener shows us how to take care of the plants and we want to save Hong Kong’s trees.”
Use less water “On Friday afternoons we do projects on saving water and design posters to persuade others to do the same!”


More about the HKFYG Lee Shau Kee Primary School at lskps.edu.hk