11 Dec 2020

WANBO Clean Air Initiative

Community Development Officer at the Clean Air Network, Melville Peter Pradhan, told WANBO students about the Network’s work to combat  climate change and air pollution at a workshop, on Wednesday 9th December 2020. See his slides here.

Pradhan introduced student leadership opportunities in the Network’s inaugural Clean Air Student Council, which aims to provide a platform for students to undertake hands-on learning such as measuring Hong Kong’s air pollution index. Pradhan also answered questions and shared his insights and experiences as an environmental activist.

“Working with the Clean Air Network has been a fruitful and rewarding experience for us in many ways,” recalled Sean Lee (11N).

Sam Hui (11W) said, “We have wanted to establish a platform for students to engage with experts on issues that they care about for a long time. We are very grateful to Mr Pradhan for taking the time to run the workshop. He was an inspiring, highly engaging speaker who provided a lot of exciting initiatives that we have never thought about.”

“The meeting was an excellent opportunity for us to engage in discussions about environmental issues that we care about. We all learnt a lot and we are looking forward to hosting more similar sessions in the future.”

“It was great to see such a large number of students taking an active interest in one of Hong Kong’s key issues –  air pollution. Questions from students came thick and fast and it was really interesting, although a little frightening, to hear from Mr Pradhan of the Clean Air Network around the dangers that these toxins and the numbers of premature deaths that it is leading to in Hong Kong. As such student activism in this area is essential if we are going to make some positive changes for future generations.” commented Mr Ross Burrough, Senior Head of House of Da Vinci and WANBO.

As we move forward, we are looking to recruit new student volunteers to help out in WANBO. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Ross Burrough (ross.burrough@online.island.edu.hk). Space on the teams are limited, so early sign up is advised.

For more regular updates and announcements on the project, as well as opportunities for students to get involved in our initiatives, please go to WANBO’s Instagram page @iswanbo.