Personal Statement-Environmental Science

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Two scenes stand out in my mind every day I wake up: polluted gases emitted from vehicles and stuffy air due to the pollutants flowing from mainland China to Hong Kong. The recent global environmental issues such as Bonn and Durban Climate Change Conference displayed by the media have deeply captivated my interest in studying environmental science. I believe that the importance of protecting our environment is crucial for the survival and existence of our earth. This has especially driven me to study environmental science in hopes of making a difference on our environment in order to provide a better living environment for our future generation.

During my study in HKDSE Geography at secondary school, my interest in environment has been greatly highlighted. A very special topic in my geography studies—Weather and Climate has increased my interest in studying environmental science. On this issue, I have studied the problems are faced by the earth nowadays and the causes of global warming. The balance has always been tilted towards economic growth at the expense of environmental protection. For example, countries are over depended on non-renewable energy which has led to the high consumption of fossil fuels and might be used up within 50 years. This has boosted my interests in finding different news articles, reports on how governments are going to work together to tackle the problem. There is an old Chinese saying,” It is better to travel ten thousand miles than to read thousands of books.” The study tour to Florida last summer was unforgettable, where I finally understood the meaning of this old Chinese saying. I have found travelling around the world more practical in gaining a better understanding of our earth. Through the study tour I was able to reconsider what other countries have done in order to protect their environment and what we can learn from their approaches. In addition, I was able to see what citizens in Florida have done in protecting their...
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