On the issue of climate change

This video “Climate Change – Save Global Village” that we posted during the COP 26 in Glasgow, received above average views and comments. Clearly the issue  of climate change weighs on the mind of our readership. Climate change is one of the 9 great bio-physical boundaries we have to live within https://www.stockholmresilience.org/research/planetary-boundaries.html

 As most rational people have realised by now, there is not much we can do to “fix” climate change . We have to learn to live with it and hope to thrive despite it. The displacements for all life on the planet that increasing sea levels and related weather events and feedback loops will cause are hard to imagine. It is happening now and will accelerate within our lifetime. Civilisation as we know it is will be redefined.

Please see this incredible short film below from  animations students Zoé Devise, Hugo Caby, Antoine Dupriez, Aubin Kubiak, and Lucas Lermytte.

How will we as communities treat those who will increasingly need our help ? Is there something we can do as communities and individuals?

In all of this the role of the community is paramount. Inclusive, responsive and sharing community models are emerging to design disaster management structures and policies  around.

The HBL project is an attempt in creating such a community for Cantonese learning. It is obvious that the vast majority of those who struggled with Cantonese fluency were not in a position to pay for or had the time and resources to go to paid classes. To that end, we have eliminating the financial  transaction to access and use the content and software resources. In this we are redefining publishing for the emerging future. Putting resources in the public domain  copyright free is the foundational goal of this project. 

We are exploring whether a small group of content creators and paying supporters can create high quality resources for the vast majority of learners ?

We need just a 1000 paying customers to help cover expenses related to production and outreach. From a 60+ million Cantonese speakers pool, that seems achievable. Early results are positive. We have reached 40% of this goal since starting in July 2021.  

The question on our mind always is “If we in Hong Kong, one of the best resourced cities, do not attempt to create high quality open access Cantonese learning resources for all, who else will ?”  

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