‘A Plastic Ocean’: Screening and Forum

A Plastic Ocean: Screening and Forum was held on 21 April 2018 (Saturday), organised by the Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change (MoCC) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). This award-winning documentary was produced by the Plastic Oceans Foundation and has been screened in over 60 countries. In the film, which was shot in more than 20 locations over a period of four years, a team of explorers and scientists reveal the devastating impact of plastic on the ocean and how plastic threatens marine life, human health and the overall ecosystem.

Officiating at the event were Prof. Gabriel Lau, Director of the Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability of CUHK, Ms Jo Ruxton, Producer of A Plastic Ocean, Dr Patrick Yeung, Project Manager (Marine) of WWF-Hong Kong, Prof. Joe Lee, Director of the Simon F. S. Li Marine Science Laboratory of CUHK and Prof. Chan King-ming, Director of the Environmental Science Programme at CUHK. The event was supported by WWF-Hong Kong and the Campus Planning and Sustainability Office of CUHK. A forum moderated by Prof. Joe Lee was held after the screening. Ms Jo Ruxton, Dr Patrick Yeung and Prof. Chan King-ming shared with the audience their views on plastic pollution and proposed effective ways to tackle the problem.

Plastic pollution is a pressing environmental issue in Hong Kong. Plastic waste discarded in landfills in Hong Kong has surged by more than 25% over the past decade and is now the third largest source of municipal solid waste in Hong Kong after food and paper.

To increase public awareness of the importance of waste reduction and management, the MoCC launched the first-ever school-based ‘Waste Reduction Project’ last year. An award ceremony was held during the event to recognise the outstanding performance of partner schools and students in waste reduction. The ‘Waste Reduction Project’ is now open for applications. For details, please visit: http://www.mocc.cuhk.edu.hk/en-gb/waste-reduction-project-m.

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