Calling all young reporters! It’s time to head outside with your notebook and camera!
Posties Little Journalist Programme, hosted by South China Morning Post, is calling for original, creative and inspiring photo-stories in four categories from now till June 2017. The best entry will receive a trophy and an amazing secret prize.
To help the environment and protect animals, girl scouts cleaned up garbage in Ma Hang Park in Stanley, on October 10 as part of a coastal clean-up project.
Natalia Wong (Maryknoll Convent School (Primary Section),P3) Valentina Wong (Maryknoll Convent School (Primary Section),P2)
Super Green Girl had an idea to save the world!
Chemicals in our fast food, soft drinks and cleaning products are bad because they make our bodies and the world sick. So she decided to get rid of them! Super Green Girl said: This is what we can do to bring about change. First, we need to go organic. Second, we need to use natural cleaning agents like baking soda and vinegar.
Let’s go green, friends!
Carol Chan (St. Rose of Lima's School,P5)
Nowadays, we use too many disposable plastic bags and lunchboxes. This may have a negative impact on our environment because plastics take as long as hundreds of years to decompose. Therefore, we should reduce the disposal of plastic items and try to reuse and recycle them.
Coco Ngai (St. Francis of Assisi's English Primary School,P3)
My mother bought me two lovely handkerchiefs with cartoon ducklings on it. I loved it. Instead of using tissue paper, I use it to wipe my mouth and sweat. I hope this little change of habit can save trees as well as our world.
Dominic Lok (Alliance Primary School (Sheung Shui),P6)
Our planet is suffering from heavy air pollution and global warming. Icebergs are collapsing and the sea level is rising. We can prevent the situation from worsening by taking mass transportation and using renewable energy. Everyone should step forward to save our planet and our future.
Sophy Chum (Kowloon Rhenish School,P6)
Every year the amount of rubbish increases because we don’t recycle paper. I suggest schools in Hong Kong to install these tri-colour recycling bins in the playground. If everyone sorts and recycles their rubbish, there will be less rubbish!
Lau Hoyee (Kowloon Rhenish School,P6)
Many schools put up posters everywhere to inform students of special events, but after the activities, the posters end up in the bins. It is a huge waste of paper. I have an idea: schools could replace posters with electronic display panels.
Percy Suen (Kowloon Rhenish School,P5)
Many buildings have air-conditioners. I don’t think it is a good idea, because it consumes lots of electricity and harms the environment. A fan is enough to cool the room and can even save power. If we use the fan more often, we can protect the environment.
Hon Wing-shan (Kowloon Rhenish School,P6)
Each year, we use 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags in the world. In America, people dispose of 100 billion plastic bags. I suggest everyone to use recyclable bags.
Brenice Ip Ching-nga (Kowloon Rhenish School,P4)
Every day, people use lots of water to cook, clean, shower and brush their teeth. I think we often leave the tap running for too long. We could spend less time in the shower and turn off the tap when brushing our teeth. Save the world, use less water!
Jennifer, Lai Pui-yan (Kowloon Rhenish School,P6)
Every year, people throw away 21 million tons of paper. That’s 175 pounds per office. We usually only use one side of a piece of paper. As a result, landfill sites are now filled with lots of rubbish. I suggest that we use both sides of the sheet to draw and write.
Joyce Chan (Kowloon Rhenish School,P5)
American businesses throw away 21 million tons of paper every year, equal to 175 pounds per office worker. I suggest that we use double sided setting on printers and use both sides of the paper for drawing and writing. As a result, less paper will go to waste.
Farrah, Li Yik-tung (St. Paul's Primary Catholic School,P5)
Can everyone please stop eating foie gras and wearing outfits made with down? Our appetite for their livers and feathers are causing geese to suffer. Geese are cute animals and we should protect them. There are always substitutes that we can use instead.
Allegra Lai (Diocesan Girls' Junior School,P2)
Have you ever been to lavish birthday parties with lots of latex balloons? By harvesting rubber from rainforests to make the balloons, we disturb or even destroy wild animals’ lives and natural habitats. So from now on, say no to latex balloons and celebrate birthdays in an environmentally friendly way!
Lau Pak-wing (Tak Sun School,P3)
So many people throw rubbish – from waste oil and waste water to empty plastic bottles – into the sea. Their behaviour pollutes the sea and kills fish. I wish everyone would keep the sea clean!
Olivia Ingrid Sam (West Island School,Y8)
As you can see, water pollution is a very serious problem. People throw lots of rubbish down into the river. This affects the marine environment and the animals that live there. The government should place more rubbish bins around town, so people will use them instead.
Elizabeth Cheng (Good Hope Primary School cum Kindergarten,P1)
Recycling clothes is a way to save our dear planet. Why? By sending away the old clothes that you don’t like, you can buy new ones with less money. What are you waiting for??
Erin Cheng (Pui Ching Primary School,P4)
We always receive gifts on special occasions like Chinese New Year, Christmas or birthdays. Boxes, wrapping papers or plastics bags used to package or decorate presents often go to waste. Why not recycle these materials to make wonderful things just like this treasure box in the photo?
Holly, Tam Yuet-ki (Tseung Kwan O Government Primary School,P5)
Scientists say that we can save about nine tenths of electricity by using fans instead of air conditioners. Although I’m just a primary school student, I can do that – I only turn on the fan during the summer. If everyone makes a small effort, we can save the world!
Ivan Kwok (Tseung Kwan O Government Primary School,P5)
Our planet is sick and we need to help it. When we feel hot, we can use fans instead of air conditioners. We should take a shower instead of having a bath because it will save energy and water. If we can do that, we are helping.
Paco Pang (Tai Po Baptist Public School,P6)
At our school, we use a lot of books. I suggest we adopt e-books, use computers to do homework and turn it in by e-mail. Teachers can then check and return homework via the internet. This is convenient and would save trees.
Wong Hei Daniel (Lam Tin Methodhist Primary School,P4)
Every single year, over 30,000 elephants are massacred in Africa by illegal hunters who extract their tusks to make money. Unfortunately, Hong Kong is the world’s largest retail market for ivory. We can help save the elephants by stopping the ivory trade.
Marcus Kwok (Diocesan Boys' School Primary Division,P6) Jayden Lee (Diocesan Boys' School Primary Division,P6) Isaac Tsang (Diocesan Boys' School Primary Division,P6) Matthew Mao (Diocesan Boys' School Primary Division,P6)
Last Saturday, we went to Clearwater Bay to swim and enjoy ourselves. We saw many people littering while they were having picnics on the beach. We told them not to litter and asked them to put the rubbish in the bin, and they complied. We saw many cleaners picking up other rubbish and cleaning the beach. They were working very hard. We strongly recommend you to protect the environment and join coastal clean-up projects.
Ethan Ng (Diocesan Boys' School Primary Division,P6)
Buffets are a popular dining option in Hong Kong. However, they create large amounts of excess food which are sent to landfills every day. We should educate our community to think twice before dumping food in the bin and encourage them to help preserve the earth’s limited resources.