The profound impact of environmental issues became apparent to Carly, a psychology graduate of Lingnan University, during a service trip to Uganda organised by her alma mater on her graduation year. Upon returning to Hong Kong, her thirst to delve deeper into climate change led her not only to pursue a Master’s degree in Environmental Science at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, but also to engage in Climate Advocacy Training for Youth (CATY) organised by CarbonCare InnoLab. It was during this programme that she found a kindred spirit in Jasmine, a conservation biology graduate from the University of Exeter.
“CATY reinforces a powerful message: Being young doesn’t mean we can’t effect change,” Jasmine recalled.
Photo: Carly (Right 5) in her Uganda trip
Intergenerational collaboration becomes the key in propelling successful transformation and fostering an inclusive society. On 13 November, the duo was invited to speak as youth representatives at Chinachem Group Sustainability Conference.
Jasmine shared "Lately, I’ve been particularly interested in the issue of climate justice. Underdeveloped nations often bear the brunt of the worst consequences of climate change. It’s an intricate ongoing negotiation.
Beyond their tireless work at environmental organisations, Jasmine is a member of Hong Kong Youth for Climate Action, while Carly serves on the United Nations Asia-Pacific Youth Advisory Group. When asked about their responses to frequent climate disasters, they both admitted to experiencing anxiety. “Many people aspire to change the world. Passion and courage are needed indeed, but actions in time are what eventually push things forward,” exclaimed Jasmine.
Photo: Jasmine Siu at the Local Conferencr of Youth Hong Kong