By FANNIE SUNSHINE
Sep 02, 2011
Lea Leung’s mother was on Cathay Pacific’s website to buy a ticket to Shanghai for one of her kids when she came across the airline’s Green Explorer 2011 new youth program. Launched in May, the program aims to give young people a better understanding of environmental issues and the importance of conservation through and an eight day trip to Yingjing County in Sichuan Province, China.
A total of 40 students, aged 16 to 18, were selected from Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, Germany, Korea, Malaysia, South Africa, Taiwan, the United States and Vietnam to take part in the program, which was held in August.
“I had to write a 500-word essay on the environment and what it means to me, my community service work and what languages I speak,” said the North York resident. “It said we would be doing a lot of hiking so we had to be physically fit.”