This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. In response to this year’s theme of “climate action”, the EPA held its environmental education summer events with a focus on “sufficiency in life”. A retrospective exhibition was held on World Environment Day on 5 June in Tainan to remind citizens that the future environment we’ll be living in depends on our action at present.
The final event was “Earth Day 50th Anniversary – Environmental Retrospective Exhibition," which took place from 5 to 7 June 2020 in Tainan. It highlighted major environmental incidents and topics, both globally and domestically, in the past 50 years. The exhibition featured an environmental video zone where the environmental education documentary “Taivalu” was played daily. On the first day of the exhibition, there was also a “Conversation with EPA Minister”, in which student representatives from Taiwan and US eco-campuses were invited to discuss about the National Environmental Protection Plans with EPA Minister Tzi-chin Chang. During the activity, the students expressed their opinions on the strategies Taiwan can implement to realize the vision of “reducing carbon and disasters”, “relaxing and breathing well”, “enjoying clear water”, “transforming waste to resources”, “having zero forest loss”, and “co-existing with wildlife” by 2030.
In the “Actions to Protect the Planet Zone,” an exhibition featured three types of post cards based on the themes of Earth Day and World Environment Day. When visitors completed the visit, they could obtain a so-called “future post card” on which they could write down what they promised to do in their daily lives for environmental protection. The post cards would be mailed by the event organizers to the visitors three months after the exhibition as a reminder to examine their actions in light of the promises they have made and reflect on how to protect the environment in their daily lives.
Excerpt from Environmental Policy Monthly, 23 (6)
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)