Changing Yourself to Build a Sustainable Future

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Changing Yourself to Build a Sustainable Future

Maggie Q discusses environmentalism in a panel discussion supported by CLP and CityU of Hong Kong

Hollywood actress Maggie Q (fourth left), CLP Director - Group Sustainability Dr Jeanne Ng (third right), City University of Hong Kong Chair Professor of Atmospheric Science Prof Johnny Chan (third left) and the Green Earth Founder and Executive Director Edwin Lau (fourth right) join a CLP-sponsored sustainability panel discussion at the City University of Hong Kong.

Hollywood actress Maggie Q (left) and CLP Director - Group Sustainability Dr Jeanne Ng (right)

CLP Director - Group Sustainability Dr Jeanne Ng says it is important to build trust among different sectors so that they can co-develop the right solutions to sustainability.

Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark Clifford (left) and City University of Hong Kong Chair Professor of Atmospheric Science Prof Johnny Chan (right)

The Green Earth Founder and Executive Director Edwin Lau encourages people to reduce waste.

Prof Mark Thompson, Professor of Politics and the Head at the City University of Hong Kong's Department of Asian and International Studies, thanks the panellists, supporters and participants at the end of the sustainability lecture.

Dr Justin Robertson, an associate professor at the City University of Hong Kong's Department of Asian and International Studies, delivers the closing remarks.

The sustainability lecture attracts around 300 students and members of the public.

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Friday, May 18, 2018 - 9:00am

CAMPAIGN: CLP | Climate and Environmental Action

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Hollywood actress Maggie Q has called on eco-conscious people to kick their meat habit in a bid to save our planet for future generations. 

In the second part of a CLP-sponsored Sustainability Lecture Series held at the City University of Hong Kong, Maggie and experts in the academia, non-governmental and business sectors shared their perspectives on how people can change their habits and attitude to contribute to the global sustainable movement.

Given the greenhouse gas emissions derived from animal agriculture, Maggie stressed the need for a shift to a vegan diet to support environmental sustainability. The 70 billion animals raised for food annually, she said, used 45 per cent of the world's land mass and most of our water, adding that 18 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions were from the methane, ammonia, and nitric oxide emitted from animals.

CLP Director of Group Sustainability Dr Jeanne Ng, meanwhile, said it was crucial for individuals and organisations to recognise the value of sustainability and raise awareness in the community with their best efforts. Equally important is building trust among different sectors so that they can co-develop the right solutions.

Her view was echoed by Prof Johnny Chan, Chair Professor of Atmospheric Science at the City University of Hong Kong, who considered concerted efforts by the academia, the government and the business sector as indispensable to climate change adaptation. As for students, he encouraged them to play their part by developing green technologies. 

Another daily solution to lower greenhouse gas emissions, as suggested by the Green Earth Founder and Executive Director Edwin Lau, was reducing waste, which could help spare unnecessary resources used for agricultural and food production and minimise the emissions from landfills.

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Keywords: Environment | CLP Group | City University of Hong Kong | Energy | Maggie Q | Responsible Business & Employee Engagement | Responsible Production & Consumption | Social Impact & Volunteering | The Green Earth | vegetarianism

CAMPAIGN: CLP | Climate and Environmental Action

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