At the end of a lecture given by Master Cheng Yen in 1990, she appealed to those attending to use their clapping hands to contribute to the protection of the globe. A gentle call, a wish to take action, the various hands have switched on a positive circle.
“To co-exist with the earth” and “human well-being depends on the well -being of the earth” are among Master Cheng Yen’s teaching that have resonated in various countries and regions around the world, where Tzu Chi volunteers take part in local recycling initiatives. As bearers of Tzu Chi ‘s pledge to environmental protection, Tzu Chi volunteers devote themselves to conserving nature, and take a hands-on approach to recycling that emphasizes the reuse of resources.
The global warming and climate change have affected the economic development of human beings. The Sustainable Development Report of United Nations has stated that more concerns should be focused on environmental protection, in terms of the global economic development. A sustainable growth of human beings could be achieved only under the highlight of protection of the world. As such, Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation Hong Kong committed to set up the Tsu Chi Environmental Action Centre where the local public is capable to understand the importance of environment protection, to acknowledge the crucial factors keeping sustainable growth of the earth, as well as to take into action having participated various exhibitions and events organized and provided by the Centre to the public. Learning from which, it is anticipated local public will put ones’ efforts to appreciate the earth, and to reduce global warming risks.
It is our honor to have the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust’s sponsorship on the exhibitions displayed in this Centre, as well as other related facilities. May we express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the sponsorship once again.
Tzu Chi Environmental Action Center locates near a hillside in Tai Wai, surrounded by the natural environment and rebuilds with the green building concept. In 1950s, the building had been constructed under the donation from the Aw Boon Haw Family for educational purposes. Chi Hong Ching Yuen has been responsible to operate free education and nursery services, and subsequently a kindergarten which then closed in 2000. In 2003, Master Shui Yung from Chi Hong Ching Yuen transferred the premises to Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu-Chi Foundation Hong Kong Limited, as for contact site and environmental education station in Tai Wai. Promoting the local environmental protection concept can let the citizens recognize the importance about recycling and do it by action in daily. So Tzu Chi Environmental Action Center has been renovated by Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu-Chi Foundation Hong Kong Limited in 2021, with the funds donated by Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust for exhibition and relative expenses.