Zara Campion – Sustainability Intern at Encompass HK
Having grown up in Hong Kong, I have witnessed the detrimental effects caused by climate change as well as it’s increasingly severe consequences.
This led me to start changing little things in my lifestyle. The aim was to reduce my own personal carbon footprint, so I tried my best at reducing my consumption levels (buying second-hand clothes, eating less red meat), recycling and using public transport as much as I could.
I was also fortunate enough that there was a sustainability council already established within my school. Through joining, I was able to meet like-minded students who were also passionate about attempting to solve bigger issues to make our school more environmentally friendly. We successfully managed to ban straws, plastic lids, plastic cutlery and put a minimum threshold of 24 degrees to the air-con temperature so that energy could be saved.
Then in my final year, friends and I thought that Hong Kong should also be involved in the climate strikes, started by Greta Thunberg. We quickly got planning and managed to organize a strike where 1000 students attended. I am now reading geography at Durham University where I hope I will continue to help minimise the effects of climate change where ever possible.