Alexis Lau is the Director, Atmospheric Research Center, HKUST, Manager, Environmental Central Facility, Institute for the Environment, HKUST.
He was nominated as an Earth Champion for his dedication to teaching environmental science, and for his contribution to the understanding of air pollution science in Hong Kong.
Alexis’ work is on improving air pollution in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta (PRD). He considers the improvement of the environment a high priority issue to ensure future sustainable development.
Alexis is addressing how to solve the electricity/energy issue and save the air quality. Climate change is a secondary concern after the immediate need for good air quality.
As a meteorologist involved in climate modelling he wanted to share his knowledge with the community, so that the public and the government can make better decisions.
In 2002, Alexis was part of a group that was more than just academics. He got to see how being part of wider team of experts could help influence policy. Hong Kong can be an example for the rest of China and therefore we can make a real difference.
Alexis had to learn new Communication skills – as an academic he was often still talking too technically and so needed to be mindful of the language for locals.
Locally (Hong Kong)
A better understand the nature of air quality issues. Publications are widely read and referenced by Government and Business. There is more public awareness and a gathering public movement to get new regulations.
Guangdong and Beijing regional governments are using the meteorology control along with PKU. There is a sharing and understanding skills.
Internationally Academic think tanks are sharing knowledge.
Alexis says, People’s values change. “People are starting to understand the need to lead a sustainable lifestyle. (E.g. see The Story of Stuff).” He hopes people see through advertising hype. He would like to see kids thinking that going camping and hiking in Hong Kong as a vacation. They do not have to travel overseas for vacations all the time, a plane does not need to be part of a holiday. Contact: