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Over 120 primary students pledge to "Use Less, Waste Less on My Hand" charter (with photos)

The following is issued on behalf of the Environmental Campaign Committee:

     Over 120 primary students from 12 primary schools pledged to the "Use Less, Waste Less on My Hand" charter at the Student Environmental Protection Ambassador (SEPA) Scheme Basic Environmental Badge Seminar held today (November 30) by the Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC).

     During the seminar, which was held at the Zero Carbon Building in Kowloon Bay, the Secretary for the Environment, Mr Wong Kam-sing, shared with the SEPAs the importance of the "Use Less, Waste Less on My Hand" charter, encouraging them to step up their green efforts in everyday life.

     Mr Wong said Hong Kong has an urgent need to reduce waste, and the support of the whole community in waste reduction, as well as behavioural change, is of the utmost importance. He said he hopes that students would develop a green habit from childhood and practise "use less, waste less" in daily life.

     In addition, Big Waster, a character who symbolises food wastage in the Food Wise Hong Kong Campaign, also joined the students in a game session.
     The "Use Less, Waste Less on My Hand" charter aims to promote the importance of sustainable use of resources. By signing the charter, students agree to take environmentally sustainable actions in daily life. SEPAs are required to implement the principles of the charter, and to deploy their knowledge and skills acquired in Environmental Badge training to promote the charter amongst students, teachers, parents and the community in order to encourage their participation in waste reduction at source, putting "use less, waste less" into practice.

     The principles of the "Use Less, Waste Less on My Hand" charter are:

*  Use Less
*  Eat Wise
*  Shop Green
*  Discard Less
*  Recycle Wise

     A series of activities and competitions will be organised by the ECC from December this year to June 2014 to enlist support from the school sector. Activities include a video competition on the implementation of "use less, waste less" in schools, the appointment of students to be ambassadors in promoting "use less, waste less" in schools and the community so as to raise the number of signatories to the charter, and Outstanding Student Ambassador and Graphic Design competitions co-organised with the MTR Corporation.

     Founded in 1990, the ECC aims to promote public awareness of environmental issues and encourage the public to contribute actively towards a better environment. It organises various environmental programmes each year, including the SEPA Scheme, the Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence and the Hong Kong Green School Awards. In the 2013/14 school year, over 16 000 primary and secondary students became SEPAs. For more information about the SEPA Scheme, please visit the ECC's Schools Go Green website (

Ends/Saturday, November 30, 2013
Issued at HKT 13:10


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