Our living environment is deteriorating and Hong Kong produces a disproportionate amount of waste.
Affluent society with low environmental consciousness. We pursue a convenient but wasteful lifestyle. For example, 40% of the clothes we buy we hardly wear. 1/3 of the food we buy is thrown away.
We need to inculcate a new consumer ethics – I consume not only because I can afford it financially, but also based on what our earth can afford environmentally.
Change our lifestyle standard
A good life depends on fresh air, clean water, tranquility and a healthy ecosystem; not just high consumption ability.
Enforce environmental protection
We need to join forces with the rest of the world to strive for sustainability, equity, green chemistry, zero waste, closed loop production, renewable energy, and local living ecology.
Enforce recycling and reprocessing of wastes
This may only account for a very small portion of the wastes in the whole process from extraction of the raw material, the production of goods, the distribution of products, the consumption and final disposal. This will at least serve as a constant reminder of our throw-away mentality and its consequences.
Encourage environmentally sound features in our buildings
Set up a green building competition. The winners’ list will be publicized. This is increase the value of the building.
Reduce own consumption. If you worry that this would lead to economic recession, change to Green consumption, or donate your excess to those who cannot even afford daily necessities.