CarbonCare InnoLab TreeCare Programme x Hang Seng University of Hong Kong
What is the relationship between trees and climate change, and how can renewable energy solve global warming?
In view of the social distancing policy during the epidemic, CarbonCare InnoLab has designed an online activity where you can learn tree care at home. The activity is divided into two parts. In the first session, we introduced the solar energy system installed in the Crossroads Foundation to introduce the current state of renewable energy in Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, which the renewable energy only accounts for 1% of the entire fuel mix. In fact, we have the potential to develop renewable energy: including sufficient sunshine, many rooftops and spaces that are not fully utilized. Therefore, CarbonCare InnoLab promotes solar energy, so that this relatively clean energy can be popularized. The solar system installed in Crossroads is equipped with a total of more than 400 solar panels, which are expected to generate more than 200,000 kWh of electricity each year, and provide electricity to 43 households each year.
The Crossroads Foundation has planted different species of trees. We have selected Fan Palm, Chinese Banyan and Sweet Gum for everyone to know about. Needless to say, the short-nose fruit bat, one of the mammals, lives in the palm leaves. We can see them in the urban area! The color of the leaves of Sweet Gum will change with the seasons. It will turn orange-red In fall. Its fruit can be used for medicinal purposes after being dried, which is commonly known as "Lu Lu Tong", which has the effects of dispelling wind, dredging collaterals, and dehumidifying.
In the second half of the event, we invited the arborist Ms MaK to share with the participants. Ms Mak studied biology at the university and joined the arboriculture industry after graduation. She successively obtained the registered arborist license from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). She officially became an accredited arborist in 2014 and has 8 years of tree management experience. In addition to sharing the daily task, working environment and working equipment of the arborist, she also told the students of Hang Seng University about the entry requirements and experience, so that the students can have a deeper understanding of the arboriculture industry and make early plans for their careers.