CUHK Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change 8th anniversary celebration and launch of the MoCC donor wall
The Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change (MoCC) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) celebrated its 8th anniversary and held the launch ceremony of the MoCC Donor Wall last Saturday (18 December).
Officiating at the ceremony were Mr Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR, Mr Simon Wong Kit-lung, Chairman of the Environmental Campaign Committee, Professor Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK, Mr Leong Cheung, Executive Director, Charities and Community of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, Dr Rebecca Lee, Founder of the Polar Museum Foundation, and Mr Eric S.P. Ng, Vice-President (Administration) and University Secretary of CUHK, and Chairperson of the CUHK Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change Steering Committee.
In his welcome address, Professor Rocky S. Tuan expressed his gratitude to The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the Environment Bureau and the Environmental Campaign Committee for their longstanding support to the MoCC. In addition to acknowledging the valued stakeholders, the launch of the MoCC Donor Wall marks the commencement of the MoCC’s fundraising work. Professor Tuan called for support from different sectors of the community and said, “In the past two years, museums around the world have faced unprecedented challenges because of the Covid-19 situation. The MoCC has actively sought innovative ways to engage the community through online learning. In August 2020, the MoCC launched the live guided virtual tour to enable students and the public to continue to learn about climate change while staying home during the Covid-19 outbreak.” CUHK is committed to furthering its climate education mission by launching more innovative programmes in the future.
The Secretary for the Environment, Mr Wong Kam-sing, said, “Climate change is a global challenge, our country and many parts of the world have drawn up timetables and roadmaps for deep decarbonisation. Last year, Hong Kong announced to strive to achieve carbon neutrality before 2050. In October this year, Hong Kong promulgated Hong Kong’s Climate Action Plan 2050, outlining four major decarbonisation strategies, namely net-zero electricity generation, energy saving and green buildings, green transport and waste reduction. Combating the challenges of climate change requires innovative technologies, talent nurture and community engagement. Among these, I look forward to the higher education sector’s active contribution. I am glad to see that The Chinese University of Hong Kong has announced a timetable for carbon neutrality. I also appreciate the efforts made by its Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change in promoting such climate action as energy conservation and waste reduction, encouraging low-carbon lifestyle transformation among students and the public.”
At the ceremony, the guests launched the MoCC donor wall, which marked a new chapter of operation for the MoCC. The public will now be able to visit the exhibitions and participate in the environmental education activities as well as contributing to the sustainability of future generations by donating to the MoCC’s climate education work.
“Give Today for Tomorrow”. For details of making a donation to the MoCC, please visit https://www.mocc.cuhk.edu.hk/giving-to-mocc.
Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change
The Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change was established in December 2013 at CUHK. It is the first museum of its kind in the world. Among its various activities, it regularly organises interactive multimedia exhibitions, featuring valuable collections and providing information about climate change. These exhibitions are designed to keep visitors abreast of the latest developments in environmental conservation and sustainability and to persuade them, especially students and teachers, to rally to the cause of environmental stewardship. Since its inception, the museum has hosted over 1.2 million exhibition visitors and served millions of members of the public through its off-site educational activities.
More details about the Museum can be found at https://www.mocc.cuhk.edu.hk/.