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HKBU’s green volunteer team participates in low-carbon camp and cleans up beach trash

17 Oct 2013

Have you ever cooked using brushwood?
Have you ever cooked using brushwood?
75 BUGS volunteers collected more than a thousand pounds of garbage on Lung Kwu Tan
75 BUGS volunteers collected more than a thousand pounds of garbage on Lung Kwu Tan

With the aim of taking green messages to the community and improving the environment, The Task Force on Sustainable Campus organised two environmental protection activities recently. The Task Force organised a Low-Carbon Camp in Sai Kung for 60 low-carbon ambassadors to experience green lifestyles. In addition, 75 BU GreenieS (BUGS) volunteers joined hands to clean up the garbage on Lung Kwu Tan in Tuen Mun, and collected a total of 1,030 pounds of trash. Volunteers found that the pollution problems caused by styrofoam waste were so serious that they should not be ignored anymore. 

During the two-day Low-Carbon Camp, students competed in groups by working out the greenest practices to minimise carbon emission in all their daily activities during the camp. Challenges included “no leftovers”, “no chemicals” and “no water wastage”. During the camp, participants were expected to consume all the edible remains of each meal. They cooked their meals, which contained no meat or processed food, using brushwood. They brought their own bags and boxes when shopping in the wet market and avoided buying over-packaged food items. Participants also abandoned the use of chemicals including shampoos, shower gel, toothpaste, detergents, and sunblock lotion since they contained by-products of petroleum. They reduced water usage and used recycled water during cooking.

In addition, the 75 BUGS volunteers joined International Coastal Cleanup in cleaning up Lung Kwu Tan. The volunteers included HKBU students, staff, as well as their family members and friends. Extra efforts were required to pick up the many pieces of styrofoam all over the beach. Most of them had washed ashore from the polluted ocean and it was not hard to imagine the adverse effects on marine life. The volunteers also found a variety of garbage, such as a golf bag, school bags, shoes, toothbrushes, tyres, toys, plastic bottles, aluminum cans and disposable tableware. Furthermore, the volunteers collected more than 80 lighters which highlighted the seriousness of pollution problems on our beaches. Some HKBU staff members brought their children to the beach cleanup so that they could learn how to cherish the environment through hands-on experience. One staff member said, “Experience is much better than theory. Now, our children know the consequences of not disposing of garbage properly.”

For more activities held by The Task Force on Sustainable Campus, please visit: http://www.lowcarbon.hkbu.edu.hk