Chairman of Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy Speaks at Taiwan Soka Association Center
On May 8, 2010, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) invited Dr. Eugene Chien Y.H., chairman of the Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy (TISE), to speak at its Banciao Culture Center. More than 300 attended the lecture entitled, "The Significance Behind this Age of Climate Change."
Dr. Chien, former director of Taiwan's Environmental Protection Department, is well known as an environmental activist in the region. In January of this year, Global Views Magazine and Yahoo Taiwan named him "Taiwanese Environment Champion" in recognition of his efforts.
In his lecture, Dr. Chien discussed global warming in an engaging, accessible manner. He explained how increased carbon dioxide output resulting from the use of fossil fuels is one of the main contributors to global warming and that extreme weather conditions, such as unseasonal heavy downpours and droughts, may be a result of this increase. He pointed out that these extreme conditions can produce a heavy toll on both life and property.
Referring to the notion of mottainai (Japanese for "what a waste") proposed by Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai, Dr. Chien encouraged those in the audience to do their best to reduce waste and protect the environment, emphasizing that our immediate surroundings, our homes and workplaces, are where a globally sustainable future begins.
[Adapted from an article in the May 21, 2010, issue of the Harmony Press, Taiwan Soka Association; photos courtesy of Harmony Press]