For the purpose of promoting national environmental education policy, BOHSR scheduled six environmental education trainings in 2016 and has already completed four of them where over 80% of BOHSR associates have participated in the training. The fourth training hosted by Director General Hsiang-Ling Hu was finished on Jul. 21 and included lectures and video-viewing. BOHSR invited the internationally renowned natural ecology photographer and director, Dong-Kun Liao, to present the lecture, “Summer Elves – The Blue Tailed Bee-eater (including an ecological video)” and invited CEO of the Jane Goodall Institute, Taiwan, Hsueh-Chen Guo, to introduce to us about “The Ways of Dr. Jane Goodall of Protecting Global Environment and the Roots & Shoots Program”.
In the first half of the training, Director Dong-Kun Liao shared with us his movie made in Kinmen National Park that had won the Platinum Remi in the 49th WorldFest-Houston. The Blue Tailed Bee-eater is the most high-profile summer migrants in Kinmen which has a beautiful coat of bright colors with yellow-green main body but a blue tail. Its elongated beak is slightly curved like a sharp cross knife and its Chinese name was given mainly because of its chestnut red throat and clever hunting skills. The Blue Tailed Bee-eater is an indicator species in Kinmen’s ecological conservation and in the past few years, with active repopulation in Kinmen National Park, the number has been increasing which attracted many international bird lovers. In many years of bird-photo shooting from all over Taiwan, Director Liao observed a significant impact from human sabotage to Taiwan's environment. He believes that it is imperative that everyone must reduce the amount of plastic usage, and earnestly persuaded participants to take concrete actions to protect Taiwan’s environment. Many students were overwhelmed with deep feelings and interacted actively with Director Liao.
In the second half of the training, CEO Hsueh-Chen Guo shared with participants on the process and results of the Roots & Shoots organization and other actions in protecting the earth promoted by Dr. Jane Goodall over many years globally. The lecturer said that in the years she followed Dr. Jane Goodall, the doctor flew more than three hundred days each year around the world on her own without assistants to encourage volunteers and give young people hope and encouragement. Even though she is now 82-year-old, the doctor remained this way. The doctor’s actions inspired all trainees who responded with warm applause. The training benefited the trainees greatly, deepened the concept of global environmental protection and provided great assistance to the promotion of environmental protection work in BOHSR.