15 April 2019

CUHK Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change and SDSN Hong Kong
Jointly Organise Plastic China and Start Small, Start Now: Screening and Forum



The Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change (the Museum) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and the Hong Kong Chapter of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN Hong Kong) jointly organised the ‘Plastic China and Start Small, Start Now: Screening and Forum’, on 13 April 2019 (Saturday). The event falls under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Forum Series and is one of the activities of the ‘JC–CUHK Climate Action’. Officiating at the event were Prof. Fok Tai-fai, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President of CUHK, and Ms Vivian Lee, Senior Charities Manager of The Hong Kong Jockey Club. 

The multi-award-winning documentary Plastic China, produced by CNEX Foundation, reveals the devastating impact of the enormous plastic treatment business in China, and its threats to the environment, society and public health. Start Small, Start Now, filmed by Photo Escapes, together with a local environmental group, Eco Drive Hong Kong, looks into the plastic waste problem in Hong Kong and demonstrates how individual action and behavioural change can make a difference. 

A forum moderated by Prof. Chu Lee-man, Associate Professor of the School of Life Sciences of CUHK was held after the screening. Ms Ruby Chen, CEO and Co-founder of CNEX Foundation and Producer of Plastic China, Ms Angela Cheng, Co-founder of Eco Drive Hong Kong, and Mr Edwin Lau, Founder and Executive Director of The Green Earth, shared with the audience their thoughts on the plastic waste problem, the challenges facing the recycling industry, and how individuals can alleviate the plastic waste problem effectively to fulfil the United Nations’ SDGs. 

To increase public awareness of the importance of waste reduction and management, the Museum launched the first-ever, school-based Waste Reduction Project under ‘JC–CUHK Climate Action’ in 2017. An award ceremony was held during the event to recognise the outstanding performance of partner schools and students in waste reduction in the past year. For details, please visit: http://www.mocc.cuhk.edu.hk/waste-reduction-project

Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change

The Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change (the Museum), funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (the Trust), was established in December 2013 at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). It is the first museum of its kind in the world, offering an interactive, multimedia exhibition that showcases valuable collections and information about climate change. It is the ideal venue for the public, especially students and teachers, to champion the cause of environmental stewardship and keep themselves abreast of the latest developments in environmental conservation and sustainability.  The Museum has attracted more than 400,000 visitors since its inception. 

In 2017, the Trust pledged its support for a three-year initiative of the Museum: ‘JC–CUHK Climate Action’. The Museum will run a variety of environmental education activities to help the people of Hong Kong better understand the potentially devastating effects of climate change and to suggest innovative solutions and engage in climate action. 

More details about the Museum can be found at http://www.mocc.cuhk.edu.hk/

The Hong Kong Chapter of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network

The Hong Kong Chapter of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN Hong Kong), co-hosted by The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, was officially launched on 8 January 2018. SDSN Hong Kong encourages expertise, information and resources from academia, philanthropic organisations, government, business and non-profits to address the most pressing environmental, social and economic issues in Hong Kong and advance sustainable development. SDSN Hong Kong looks forward to identifying further means of collaborating on research and pursuing sustainability solutions with local and international researchers and leaders in sustainable development.

More details about SDSN Hong Kong can be found at http://sdsn-hk.org.

From left: Prof. Chu Lee-man, Associate Professor of the School of Life Sciences of CUHK, Mr Edwin Lau, Founder and Executive Director of The Green Earth, Ms Angela Cheng, Co-founder of Eco Drive Hong Kong, Ms Ruby Chen, CEO and Co-founder of CNEX Foundation and Producer of Plastic China, shared with the audience their views on the plastic waste problem at the post-screening forum.
From left: Prof. Chu Lee-man, Associate Professor of the School of Life Sciences of CUHK, Mr Edwin Lau, Founder and Executive Director of The Green Earth, Ms Angela Cheng, Co-founder of Eco Drive Hong Kong, Ms Ruby Chen, CEO and Co-founder of CNEX Foundation and Producer of Plastic China, shared with the audience their views on the plastic waste problem at the post-screening forum.

Prof. Fok Tai-fai, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President of CUHK, presented awards to partner schools and students of the ‘Waste Reduction Project’.
Prof. Fok Tai-fai, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President of CUHK, presented awards to partner schools and students of the ‘Waste Reduction Project’.

Ms Vivian Lee, Senior Charities Manager of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, presented awards to partner schools and students of the ‘Waste Reduction Project’.
Ms Vivian Lee, Senior Charities Manager of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, presented awards to partner schools and students of the ‘Waste Reduction Project’.

The event attracted nearly 200 participants, including faculty, staff, alumni, students and the general public.
The event attracted nearly 200 participants, including faculty, staff, alumni, students and the general public.

‘Mobile Jockey Club MoCC’ exhibition was held before the screening.
‘Mobile Jockey Club MoCC’ exhibition was held before the screening.

To promote the message of ‘Bring Your Own’, free drinks were distributed to participants who brought their own cups/bottles.
To promote the message of ‘Bring Your Own’, free drinks were distributed to participants who brought their own cups/bottles.

A group photo of the guests after the forum.
A group photo of the guests after the forum.