Sketch of Public Policy Communion, August 2023
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The August Archilife Public Policy Communion of 2023 was held on August 20, 2023. After a series of relaxing and fun activities, Secretary General Huang Chin-ying made the following announcement, "The latest statistics show that this July may be the hottest month on record. Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres, the UN Secretary, warned the era of global warming has ended, and the era of global boiling has arrived. Every corner around the world has experienced extreme weather events, such as more frequent flooding in Venice, tornados in the US and wildfire in Hawaii this month, resulting in higher awareness of climate change and increasing importance of zero emission. US President Biden signed an order banning new American investment in China’s sensitive industries, including semiconductors, quantum computing and artificial intelligence (AI). It signified that its confrontation with China has escalated and has an effect on the world. No one could be an exception. We hope that everyone practices good manners and contributes to society in his/her position."
Next on the schedule was the keynote speech. First, Mr. Lin Yu-yi presented a speech on the "Feitsui Reservoir ESG Sustainable Management". The speaker said the reservoir began operating in 1987 and took 8 years of construction. Every drop was precious, and therefore a three-dimensional framework has been developed to reinforce management in order to achieve sustainability (Environmental, Social, Governance). The efforts regarding environmental sustainability include regular water sampling to check the quality, sediment removal to ensure the reservoir capacity, forest regeneration to earn carbon credits, reservoir slope management and renewable energy power generation. With respect to social responsibility, the dam safety monitoring system has been established for stable water supply, flood control and disaster management. Other roles of the reservoir are to supply water to different areas and to provide a place for environmental education. The governance measures include open access to information, cooperation among different organizations and fields, workplace safety management and promotion of occupational safety. The speaker hoped that these actions would help protect the water resources of the Taipei area.
接著由國政委員張桂鳳小姐主講「環亞熱帶低碳建築對話」。主講人首先表示今年五月份前往菲律賓進行以園冶獎為平台之學術交流，因菲律賓與台灣屏東、高雄氣候環境相似，故能相互分享都市規畫與建築經驗。主講人接著分享本次主要參訪的單位為菲律賓國立大學及亞洲開發銀行，本次是以菲律賓語「PAmayanan(社區), Gabayan(引導), Linangin (培育)」三個字為縮寫的「PAGLINANG」為主軸，分享園冶獎操作機制及屏東各處社區營造發展歷程。主講人表示，本次交流體會到建置英文網頁的重要性，以及找出彼此共通點，建立共同對話，使能產生共鳴，讓雙方交流更加順利圓滿。
Next, Ms. Chang Kuei-feng spoke on "Low Carbon Construction for Tropical Climate in Pan-Asia". The speaker started the speech with the academic exchange experience in the Philippines for the Yuan Ye Awards this May. Because of the similar climate of the Philippines and Pingtung and Kaohsiung of Taiwan, there were some common grounds in urban planning and construction. The speaker then shared that the main units visited this time are 2 major organizations, namely the University of the Philippines and Asian Development Bank, also joined the event with the core theme of PAGLINANG, which stands for Pamayanan (community), Gabayan (guidance) and Linangin (nurturing). The speaker took the opportunity to share the operating mechanism of the Yuan Ye Awards and the progress of community development in Pingtung. The speaker also learned that it was important to set up English websites, find common ground and build dialogues to make messages resonate in order to facilitate exchanges.
Next, Ms. Lin Yu-ju spoke on "Fighting Muscle Loss through Exercise". The speaker pointed out 4 major challenges of the future of Taiwan, namely the aging society, low birth rate, longer life with poor health and the increasing number of young people with chronic conditions. Thus, Taiwan people should learn more about preventive healthcare. The statistics showed that the number of Taiwan people with sarcopenia was ranked first in Asia. With age, bodily functions began a gradual but continuous decline. People became more inactive and malnutritional, developing more severe symptoms. Then, osteoarthritis and falls became common things and eventually, disability occurs and life quality deteriorates. The speaker also suggested that to judge the various manifestations of sarcopenia, in addition to observing some physical symptoms, one can refer to the "SARCF Sarcopenia Assessment Scale". Finally, the speaker reminded everyone to develop correct exercise and eating habits at a young age, and to prevent sarcopenia through health care, nutrition and exercise.
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 August Archilife Public Policy Communion ended smoothly.