Greenpeace's largest and fastest ship, The Esperanza, is in Hong Kong after visiting South Korea and Taiwan. The iconic ship is in town to highlight the plight of our oceans and present a Greenpeace proposal to keep 40% of our oceans as marine reserves.
Esperanza Captain Jose Badia Barbal believes that the ship will inspire the Hong Kong public to step up and save the oceans. "The Esperanza has borne witness to glacial retreat and devoted herself to ending overfishing. Only by standing up and taking action can we turn around the environmental crisis that we have created and currently face," said Captain Jose during the welcoming ceremony.
Convener of the Executive Council, Mr. Lam Woon-Kwong believes it's time the people of Hong Kong show their concern regarding the ocean crisis. He said, "Although fishing isn't one of Hong Kong's main industries, Hong Kong people rank second in terms of Asia's seafood consumption. And those who love seafood should also love the sea, and seek to preserve its health for future generations."
Secretary for the Environment, Mr. Wong Kam-sing shared his thoughts about green living, saying, "A green life is not only about carbon reduction in one's daily life, but also about treasuring the resources of the planet. Over 80% of the world's fish are now threatened by overfishing. If the situation continues, we may run out of fish to eat in just 30 years time, and our next generation will have no fish to eat."
Ms. Ho Sau-Lan, Chairperson of LegCo Environment Committee believes the ocean still plays an important role for local economies. She said, "There are still 8,000 fishermen in Hong Kong, and if the overfishing situation continues it is their livelihoods that will be affected."
Mr. Sze Pang Cheung, Greenpeace East Asia Campaign Director, added that our earth can wait no more and Hong Kong must play a role in the restoration of its oceans. "Hong Kong consumes the second most fish among Asia countries. The people of this city can no longer shirk its responsibility for the overfishing problem," he said. "Likewise, the public can become part of the solution by embracing a sustainable path to save the oceans, which includes avoiding eating tuna, salmon, eel, swordfish and shrimp."
The Esperanza will be open to the public for three days, and will include an ocean exhibition, 3D painting, a guide to eating sustainably, and also an organic market host by other local green groups at the pier, designed to encourage low-carbon consumption.