Matthew Kwan

關朗曦

Matthew Kwan

Artist, nature conservationist Interests: Birds, amphibians, reptiles

Everything can be an educational material – even a cockroach!

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Matthew has enjoyed bird watching since a young age, when his father used to take him to Kowloon Park. When he turned ten, he participated in the “Green Ribbon Campaign” by Hong Kong Bird Watching Society (HKBWS) to lobby against the building of a railway line across the Long Valley conservation. Still in the fourth grade at the time, he noted his birding experience at Long Valley in his journal. Expressing concerns for conservation, he then sent the entry to the HKBWS as well as the then Chief Executive Tung Chee Hwa.

Although Matthew chose to study art in university, he has always felt most passionate about nature. This drove him and his girlfriend Hoi Ling, an insect lover, to launch a nature education initiative Project CROW. While Matthew recognises the importance in learning about global issues such as global warming and animal-related crisis for polar bears at schools, these issues may seem abstract and far-fetched for students in Hong Kong.

For this very reason, Project CROW’s content on Facebook tries to be more relatable to the Hong Kong context, addressing questions in the daily life, like "Do the yellow sticky flypapers really work in urban parks?" or "how many kinds of cockroaches are there in Hong Kong?”. In addition to the casual writing styles, he also draws comics and incorporates them into the post. Matthew occasionally collaborates with other organisations such as Life Kan to organise public guided birding tours, and holds seminars with insect taxidermy at schools.

藝術家、自然教育導師
生態愛好:雀鳥、兩棲及爬行動物

曱甴在我手上都是生態教材

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關朗曦(Matthew)從小喜歡跟爸爸在九龍公園觀鳥。十歲那年,他跟父親到紅磡火車站參與保育塱原濕地的「綠絲帶行動」。當時唸小四的他,於週記寫下塱原觀鳥的經歷,然後寄給香港觀鳥會和時任香港行政長官董建華,表達保育訴求。

雖然Matthew大學選修讀藝術,但畢業後發現自己始終心繫自然,於是和喜歡昆蟲的女友凱靈一同成立了「嗚鴉自然教室」。他認為學校的環境教育偏重全球性議題,如全球暖化、北極熊面對的危機等,對學生來說可能比較抽象和遙遠。

因此,「嗚鴉自然教室」的臉書貼文都是較貼近香港生活的議題,像是「市區公園的黃色捕蠅紙是否有用?」、「香港有多少種曱甴?」等。除了輕鬆淺白的文字,亦配上他所畫的漫畫風繪圖。Matthew不時跟其他組織如生活館等合作,舉辦公眾觀鳥導賞團,亦會帶昆蟲標本到訪不同學校舉辦講座。