Cathay Pacific is to sponsor 40 students from
around the world to take part in the new Cathay Pacific Green
Explorer programme - an eight-day programme that will take place
in Hong Kong and Sichuan Province in China.
The aim of the programme, which runs from 13 to 20 August 2011 is to give the
young participants a better understanding of environmental issues
and the importance of conservation.
The Cathay Pacific
Green Explorer 2011 programme, for students aged 16 to 18, is
launched as part of Cathay Pacificís ongoing commitment to
sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. Mr Edward Yau Tang-wah, Secretary for
the Environment in the Hong Kong SAR Government, is Patron of the programme.
Mr Edward Yau Tang-wah, said, ďCathay
Pacificís Green Explorer Programme will offer students an
invaluable insight into conservation efforts in Mainland China. In
addition, showcasing an environmental project site in Hong Kong as
part of the programme will provide the young delegates with
experience of how environmental initiatives are helping to shape
our own community.Ē
Students from Hong Kong, Australia,
Canada, Germany, Korea, Malaysia, South Africa, Taiwan, the United
States and Vietnam will be invited to join this unique educational
experience. Applications are open to full-time students between
the ages of 16 and 18 who are proficient in written and spoken
English and have been involved in environmental or community
Applicants are required to submit an essay on an
environmental topic that is close to their hearts and relevant to
his or her home country or the global situation. Students can make
until 17 June 2011.
Successful applicants will
gather in Hong Kong to visit a green project run by the Hong Kong
SAR Government before travelling to Yingjing County in Sichuan
Province. Known for its breathtaking natural beauty, Yingjing is
home to some of the last remaining Giant Panda populations in the
wild, diverse ethnic communities and upstream watersheds that feed
some of Chinaís major rivers. On site, the students will see for
themselves how economic growth is affecting natural resources and
observe how conservation efforts are bringing tangible and
sustainable social benefits at different levels.
Highlights of the eight-day programme include classroom sessions
on forest carbon, a field visit to rare and ancient forests near
Taihu Temple, and interactions with indigenous communities.
Students will also hike at Daxiangliang National Reserve and camp
overnight at a local forestry station. In addition, to help them
appreciate the work of environmental experts and local forestry
staff, the students will learn how to monitor wildlife and
identify fauna and flora in the Niba Mountain area.
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