ReThink HK 2022 : Video-on-Demand

Putting Climate Change at the Heart of Education

Day 2 - 6th Oct | 10:50 - 11:40

Location: Future Leaders Stage

Circular Economy

Overview

There is a growing global momentum to harness the power of education to combat and adapt to climate change, and empower the next generation with the values, knowledge and skills needed to act as agents of change and make informed decisions.

Learnings

  • Understanding the causes and impacts of climate change is the first step in shifting mindsets, and innovating for ways to limit its impact and adapting to its unavoidable effects.
  • What is the state of play in Hong Kong? How central and visible is education a part of our city’s response to climate change?
  • How can educational institutions better anchor climate literacy in their curriculum to prepare and nurture environmentally conscious business leaders of the future?

Post Event Actions

  • Gain insights on future skills and attributes being sought by business leaders and sustainability practitioners.
  • Rethink the power of climate change education in wider systematic mindset shifts and in nurturing our sustainability leaders of the future.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Susannah Morley

Director Hong Kong

British Council

Susannah Morley

Director Hong Kong

British Council

Susannah was appointed Director of the British Council Hong Kong in August 2022. Since joining the British Council in 2014, she has worked across East Asia overseeing the development of arts and education programmes and strategic partnerships. In 2021, as part of The Climate Connection, the British Council’s global programme to mark the UK’s presidency of COP, Susannah led a series of high-level roundtables exploring the role of the Higher Education Sector in the climate Crisis. Prior to joining the British Council Susannah had a career in Higher Education in the UK and Australia.

Hermia Chan

Co-Founder

Network of Environmental Student Societies

Hermia Chan

Co-Founder

Network of Environmental Student Societies

Hermia is a Global Studies student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Noticing the absence of climate education in Hong Kong, she co-founded the Network of Environmental Student Societies in 2021, with an aim to provide a one-stop platform for awareness raising, capacity building and driving climate actions with a focus in the interdisciplinary nature of climate change. Hermia attended COP26 in Glasgow, the UK and SB56 in Bonn, Germany advocating for Action for Climate Empowerment internationally.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I hope to see climate change being mainstreamed in education in Hong Kong and to have more discussion and opportunities in green career.

Dr. Shauhrat Chopra

Assistant Professor, School of Energy and Environment

City University of Hong Kong

Dr. Shauhrat Chopra

Assistant Professor, School of Energy and Environment

City University of Hong Kong

Dr. Shauhrat S. Chopra received his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, in 2015. His data-driven research is focused on guiding the sustainable design of future transformative emerging technologies. Dr. Chopra’s transdisciplinary collaborations with industrial partners enable actionable research toward sustainability and resilience of critical sectors, including energy, transportation, finance, textile, and food systems.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Adoption of systematic, science-based quantitative assessments to inform sustainability decisions of the public and private sector to avoid unintended consequences.

Natalie Chung

Sustainability Lead

DFI Retail Group

Natalie Chung

Sustainability Lead

DFI Retail Group

Natalie serves as a sustainability associate at DFI Retail Group. As part of the founding team of sustainability practices, Natalie formulated the overarching sustainability and ESG framework for the leading pan-Asia retail group, covering brands such as Wellcome, Mannings, 7-Eleven, Guardian.

Natalie coordinated to publish the group’s first Sustainability Report in 2022, showcasing multi-faceted sustainability initiatives across different geographies and businesses. There is continuous engagement and progress tracking with business units across North and Southeast Asia to steer positive action towards serving our communities, sustaining the planet and sourcing responsibly.

Outside of the day job, Natalie is a co-founder of environmental education organisation V’air Hong Kong, and serves as a member at the Council for Sustainable Development and the Green Tech Fund Assessment Committee of the HKSAR Government.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

My sustainability goal is to stimulate green recovery post COVID-19, ensuring that resources are dedicated to building more resilient socioeconomic systems that are equitable and stay within environmental thresholds. I also wish to contribute in constructing urban circular bioeconomy and enhancing climate adaptation plans for vulnerable communities.

Mark Harper

Group Head of Sustainability

John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Ltd.

Mark Harper

Group Head of Sustainability

John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Ltd.

At Swire Mark is responsible for the Group’s ESG disclosure and TCFD reporting as well as guiding the development of Group strategy on Climate, and Waste. He sits on the Board and Executive Committees of a number of NGO’s including Business Environment Council, Drink Without Waste and HeroesToo.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Rollout of the Group’s Net Zero Carbon emissions and zero to landfill commitments. Finalising the Group’s climate risk assessment process and analysis.

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