“Girls, don’t just think that you are females. Think that you are human beings, that you can make a change, or make an impact on the world, if you want to. “- Dr. Rebecca Lee, Hong Kongese environmentalist
The BVIS Eco-committee has just finished a project that they have been pursuing for months. Working with the Eco-committee at school, Annie organized 7 sessions in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City for Dr. Rebecca Lee, a 71-year-old Hong Kongese environmentalist, explorer, educator, and designer to come to Vietnam to deliver lectures on the topic of environmental protection. After visiting our sister schools at BIS and BVIS in Hanoi on Tuesday, she flew down to be with us here at BVIS HCMC on Wednesday.
Dr. Rebecca is a revolutionary woman, a pioneer in environmental protection, exploration, education, and a true feminist. She is the first woman in the world to travel to the Three Poles: North Pole, South Pole, and Mount Everest. She has been conducting researches in the following areas for over 40 years and travelled around Hong Kong, China, and Macau to publish books, produce documentaries, and educate young students in schools and institutes on environmental protection. It is her ultimate passion and desire to inspire the young generations to take actions towards protecting our environmental.
Dr. Lee inspired students at BVIS with her amazing lectures on the polar environment. She showed us photos of hungry polar bear, dying penguins, and melting ice in the three poles, opening our eyes to the reality of global warming. Dr. Lee touched our hearts through her amazing stories about surviving in the cold and dedicating her life to scientific research.
But Dr. Lee didn’t just inspire Vietnamese young students to take action towards protecting the environment. She also inspired girls to take actions towards making a change – whether it be to themselves or to the world around them. When Annie interviewed her and asked her a question on her opinion about the stereotype that women shouldn’t be involved in scientific research or adventures at dangerous places because it is “too much” for them, she replied in vivacity: ““Girls, don’t just think that you are females. Think that you are human beings, that you can make a change, or make an impact on the world, if you want to. If you want to do research, do it. If you want to travel to Antarctica, do it. If you want to change the world, do it. Women are just as strong as men, and we can change the world with our own power”
Phan Thai Bao An (Annie), 13V, and Nguyen Ngoc Bao Chau (Anna), 12B)
Postcard from Vietnam: Rebecca Lee
Name: Rebecca Lee
From: Hong Kong
Work: designer, photographer, explorer
Plans in Vietnam: share experiences from her trips to 3 coldest places on the Earth and warn about climate change.
1st impression: Vietnam has changed a lot because the last time she was here was in the 1970s.
5 words: pleasant, pure, calm, relaxing, beautiful.