Saturday 17 Dec 2022
The Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change (MoCC) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) celebrated its 9th anniversary and held the inauguration ceremony of the Climate Action Gallery on Saturday, 17 December.
Officiating at the ceremony were Dr Lam Ching-choi, Chairman of the Council for Sustainable Development, Professor Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK, 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, Mrs Cecilia Lam, Director of the CUHK Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change, and Mr Toby Lau, Network Coordinator of SDSN Youth Hong Kong.
In his welcome address, Professor Rocky S. Tuan reiterated the importance of urgently combating climate change. ‘Facing the opportunities and challenges of the city’s low-carbon transformation, CUHK is committed to fulfilling its social responsibility by investing resources in talent cultivation, research innovation and community engagement, and developing effective solutions for society,’ said Professor Tuan. An example of this commitment is CUHK’s pledge to achieve carbon neutrality by 2038, making it the first among local higher education institutions to make the pledge. As CUHK’s flagship initiative for climate action, the MoCC will uphold its mission to make climate education accessible to all.
‘Combating climate change and achieving carbon neutrality is highly related to the concept of sustainability’, said Dr Lam Ching-choi, Chairman of the Council for Sustainable Development (SDC). ‘The SDC will be reorganized into the new Council for Carbon Neutrality and Sustainable Development to assist the government in policy-making, in pursuit of the city’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.’ The SDC started a series of bottom-up public engagement events on a ‘Long-term Decarbonisation Strategy’, encouraging members of the public to pursue a low-carbon lifestyle. Paying tribute to the MoCC’s efforts to provide diversified sustainable education, Dr Lam said he hoped the MoCC’s climate action would benefit a wider audience, raising their awareness of the importance of climate education.
The newly inaugurated Climate Action Gallery is home to a collection of portable exhibit modules under the Mobile Museum series. Previously seen only in exclusive events or when on loan to schools and NGOs, these Mobile Museum modules will now be open to the public at the MoCC. Also featured in the gallery are the new Climate Action Pledge exhibits. which were designed to invite visitors to pledge to act on the climate crisis and encourage them to reflect on their role in helping to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
For details of the MoCC mobile exhibition, please visit https://www.mocc.cuhk.edu.hk/en-gb/exhibition/mobilemuseum.