Bulletin No. 1, 2014

Culture—Its Creation, Preservation and Promotion  13  Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change T he Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change, Hong Kong’s first ever museum dedicated to climate change, opened on campus last December. Through multimedia installations and interactive displays, the museum strives to educate the public, in particular, students, about the impact of climate change, and the importance of environmental conservation and sustainability. Outcome of Collaboration CUHK established the Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability in 2011 to promote multidisciplinary research in climate change, energy and public health, and to build synergy. The institute also releases its research findings to the general public. Prof. Fung Tung , Associate Vice-President, said, ‘Building on this foundation, the University planned to set up a museum that would showcase research findings related to global warming and climate change, with the aim of promoting environmental protection and sustainability in Hong Kong.’ He continued, ‘Dr. Rebecca Lee Lok-sze , renowned environmentalist and explorer, had long wanted to set up a Polar museum. She established the Polar Museum Foundation in 1997, but her plan for a museum did not materialize. In 2010, Dr. Lee was invited to host a lecture on her Polar expeditions on campus where she met Prof. Joseph J.Y. Sung , Vice-Chancellor. She talked to him about her plan. Professor Sung gave her his full support, so together with a sponsorship from the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the MoCC was established. Dr. Lee generously donated to us thousands of valuable artefacts she collected on expeditions to Earth’s three extremities—the North Pole, the South Pole, and Mount Everest.’ Prof. Fung Tung, Associate Vice-President, CUHK