Taiwanese and European students yesterday gathered at a forum in Taipei to call for more bottom-up actions to mitigate climate change effects, as the EU Climate Action Week commenced.
The EU has proven that promoting a transition toward a lower-carbon economy can spur economic growth and create job opportunities, European Economic and Trade Office Director Filip Grzegorzewski said at the opening of the EU-Taiwan Forum on Youth Engagement in Climate Action at National Taiwan University.
For example, the EU reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 22 percent and saw GDP jump 58 percent from 1990 to 2017, he said.
Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times
The climate action week is taking place across the world until Oct. 6, with more than 140 EU delegations promoting related campaigns with their local partners.
Sharing her own experience of joining climate action, Imperial College London medical student Fatima Ali highlighted the need to identify one’s own passion within the broad area of the climate issue.
Ali is also the UN Humanitarian Affairs youth peace ambassador to the UK, the British Office Taipei said.
While instilling resilience in public infrastructure is critical, it is also important to instill resilience in one’s own community, she said, encouraging young people to voice their ideas, or join or start campaigns.
“Ten years later, what kind of environment will you be in?” is a question that young people should ponder over, said Lin Chia-yen (林佳諺), deputy director of the Taiwan Youth Climate Coalition’s Nationally Determined Contributions working group.
To live in a better environment, people should push their government to adopt better policies and manage climate change risks, she said.
The government should prioritize the development of technologies that can meet these challenges, she said.
With Taiwan holding its presidential election in January, young people should support candidates who pay more attention to climate action, she said, expressing the hope that a more effective mechanism for dialogue between the public and private sectors would be set up.
To achieve a lower or even zero-carbon society, Taiwan needs a “climate change act” to improve management of greenhouse gas emissions by different sectors, said Wang Po-kuan (王寶貫), director of Academia Sinica’s Research Center for Environmental Changes, adding that the UK has a good legal framework that can serve as a model.
KPMG in Taiwan sustainability officer Huang Cheng-chung (黃正忠) said that promoting a low-carbon economy is a “must-do” for the nation’s industrial development, as well as a necessary condition to attract more foreign investment, encouraging young people to address issues highlighted in the meetings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
DOING ENOUGH? The HPA budgets NT$1.3 billion to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but has no separate budget to fight teen drinking, a doctor said The government should step up alcohol education and prevention efforts, and allocate more of the budget to it, doctors said on Friday, citing the high consumption of alcohol among Taiwanese adolescents. One out of four 12-to-17-year-olds has consumed alcohol, said Yen Tsung-hai (顏宗海), director of Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s Department of Clinical Toxicology. The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) budgets NT$1.3 billion (US$43.9 million) annually to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but it has not allocated a separate budget for preventing teenage drinking or excessive alcohol use, Yen said. “There is no so-called ‘safe drinking level’ for minors,” because any amount consumed
The Fancy Frontier manga and anime expo held in Taipei over the weekend has sparked controversy, after a participant allegedly contravened the Act on Offenses Against Sexual Morality (妨害風化罪) by publicly exposing her private parts during a photo shoot. The two-day event opened at the Expo Dome at the Taipei Expo Park on Saturday, attracting numerous comic and anime creators, cosplayers, photographers and fans. Allegedly, a female cosplayer who was not wearing any underwear lifted up her skirt and revealed her private parts at an outdoor photography area near the venue. Event organizers said yesterday that to prevent indecent exposure, they have since
YOUNGEST PATIENT: Cases of botulism have been only sporadically reported over the past few years, with two in 2015, six in 2016 and none in the past three years The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday reported the nation’s first case of infant botulism this year, a four-month-old boy in northern Taiwan, as well as five new cases of Japanese encephalitis confirmed last week. The boy was introduced to homemade solid food in the middle of last month, but began to experience constipation and loss of appetite on June 23, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Deputy Director Guo Hung-wei (郭宏偉) said, adding that he was taken to the hospital when he developed a fever and shortness of breath on June 25. In the hospital, the boy also experienced a rapid heartbeat, limb
The National Taiwan Museum’s Railway Department Park in Taipei is to open to the public today. The park in Datong District (大同) near the North Gate (北門, Beimen) is one of the museum’s four branches. During the Japanese colonial era, the site housed the railway department of the Office of the Governor-General of Taiwan’s Bureau of Transportation. After World War II, it served as the headquarters for the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) for several decades. In 2007, it was listed as a national monument under the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act (文化資產保存法). At an opening ceremony yesterday, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung