Sketch of Public Policy Communion, January 2023
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The January Archilife Public Policy Communion of 2023 was held on January 8, 2023. After a series of relaxing and fun activities, Secretary General Huang Chin-ying made the following announcement, "In the three years since the COVID-19 epidemic broke out, 660 million people worldwide have received a confirmed diagnosis, and nearly 6.8 million people have died as a result, drastically altering the way of life. Furthermore, the unstable situation in the Taiwan Strait has been discussed numerous times, and the Ukrainian-Russian War has caused political and economic turmoil on a global scale. There is faith that the Taiwanese people will overcome challenges so long as they have the strength to do so on their own. With the emergence of inflation, the food crisis, and the economic crisis, everyone is reminded to note their impacts on oneself. The Archilife Living Special Team will also discuss the post-pandemic coping plan in an effort to chart a new course for human survival."
Next on the schedule was the keynote speech. First, Ms. Li Chun-ju gave a presentation on "Net Zero Green for You and Me". In order to ensure the long-term survival of humanity, the speaker first argued that the threat of climate change necessitates a "net zero" carbon reduction obligation on the part of the country. In addition, Taiwan amended the Climate Change Response Act in April 2022 to encourage more public involvement. The 2050 net-zero transition in Taiwan relies heavily on energy, industry, and society, but it also relies heavily on personal lifestyle change, according to the speaker. The speaker hosted the "The World Cafe" from August to October 2022 in order to compile transformation case studies from around the world for the general public to consider simultaneously. The National Green Life Movement not only promotes food, clothing, housing, transportation, and entertainment, but also the United Nations' sustainable development goals (SDGs). The speaker stated that she desires a more sustainable world brought about by increased advocacy, action, and lifestyle modifications.
Next, Mr. Gao Chuan-chi, spoke on "The Story of Time and Space in the Machangding Execution Ground". The relevant cases of the Machangding Execution Ground during the White Terror period in Taiwan were first introduced by the speaker. He discussed the history of the notorious execution site. Before 1945, the Japanese Army established what they called the "Taipei Training Ground," which later grew into what is now known as the Taipei Airdrome (formerly Taipei SongShan Airport). Located on a river beach outside the embankment, it has since 1949 become the primary execution ground for executing political criminals, which began operations from 1949 to 1954. Its preservation is important and valuable because it will allow us to see how victim groups and future generations endeavor to pursue the truth of transformational justice after martial law has been lifted. The Machangding Execution Ground, according to the speaker, in addition to its ties to other fields. One of the biggest harms to human rights is the denial of the right to life. Therefore, the Machangding Execution Ground has a special significance all of its own.
Next, Mr. Wu Gan-li, spoke on "Make Way for the Wind: The Creation of Wind Corridor of City". The speaker first mentioned that the wind corridor of city can reduce the impact of the urban heat island effect and enhance air quality. The overall planning process must be taken account into meteorological factors and use numerical simulation analysis to provide operations for the planning of the wind corridor of city that are based on science, in addition to taking account into urban architecture and landscaping. The speaker cited Tainan City as an example, noting that temperature trends there had been upward for the past 20 years while wind speed had been trending downward, indicating an increase in the intensity of the urban heat island. In order to carry out more effective multi-scale wind corridor of city planning, a computer was used in this instance to simulate and analyze the path of the wind corridor. The speaker concluded on a sentimental note, saying that "making way for the wind" means making room for nature and encouraging a lifestyle that takes account into weather conditions. When one gives up, one gains. If we forego densely populated areas and extremes of intensity and expansion, we can create a more hospitable environment for future generations.
After the speech, Secretary General Huang Chin-ying presented a gift to the speakers on behalf of the foundation. Then, attendees expressed and exchanged their opinions and views during the piggy hour. The January Archilife Public Policy Communion ended smoothly.