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UK office training Taiwan's youths on climate change

Renewable energy could be area in which Taiwan and UK can cooperate, says BTCO director

UK office training Taiwan's youths on climate change

A workshop organized by the Taipei-based British Trade and Cultural Office (BTCO) kicked off yesterday to educate young people on the increasingly urgent problem of climate change and encourage them to take action against the trend. BTCO Director David Campbell said at the opening ceremony of the event that climate change is much more than just an environmental issue and failure to tackle it will damage global security and prosperity, as recent scientific data has shown that its impact are being felt more quickly and more broadly than previously thought.
"It's important for us to realize that we can make a difference. In fact, those who move early on this issue can in fact see economic benefits in developing new technologies and new strategies to deal with the missions," Campbell said.
Applauding Taiwan's recent moves to promote energy efficiency and the development of renewable energy sources, the top British representative to Taiwan said that he hoped Taiwan could establish a legal framework to allow long-term decisions to be taken that will bring about further reduction of green house gas emissions in Taiwan.
With Taiwan's highly-skilled workforce, its expertise in the high-tech industries, Taiwan is very well placed to benefit from taking the leading role in combating climate change, he added.
Noting that he has seen a huge amount of interest in Taiwan, both at the political level, the business level and the civil societies in tackling climate change, Campbell said that his country is keen to share its experience and support activities for the cause.
Exploring ways to expand the use of renewable energies could be a very good area for Taiwan and the UK to cooperate in, according to Campbell. He added that his country has many experts and universities dedicated to developing solar technology and tidal power.
The workshop, entitled "Building A Generation to Combat the Climate Crisis," is being held at the Taipei Youth Hub yesterday and today in collaboration with Taiwan Environmental Action Network (TEAN).
Some 30 university students participating in the event will learn about the opportunities and challenges of global climate governance and how to take part in tackling the issue.