Celebrities advocate more rapid wind energy development

Greenpeace launches “Sure Wind” campaign and website

Feature Story - 2005-09-19
Hong Kong’s first-ever wind turbine has recently been erected in Lamma Island. While we welcome this move, celebrities including Shih Wing Ching, Leung Man To, Audrey Eu, Cyd Ho and Chung Kin Man”, together with a group of young people, set up a model wind turbine near the Queen’s Pier in Central. This symbolised our common wish to hasten the development of wind energy in Hong Kong.

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A model wind turbine near the Queen’s Pier in Central. This symbolised our common wish to hasten the development of wind energy in Hong Kong.

Celebrities including Shih Wing Ching, Leung Man To, Audrey Eu, Cyd Ho and Chung Kin Man set up a model wind turbine near the Queen’s Pier in Central.

The event marks the launch of the Greenpeace "Sure wind" campaign and website www.surewind.org. Apart from the five guests in today's commencement ceremony, other active wind energy supporters: Lee Lai Shan, Hung Chung Yam and Choy So Yuk are also members of Greenpeace "Wind Ambassadors".

Wind power is the world's fastest growing energy source. It is clean, safe and abundant. More notably, it will not emit carbon dioxide and other pollutants that destroy the atmosphere. It is the ultimate solution to global warming and climate change.

China is one of the world top ten wind energy markets, in which Guangdong province has already got 180 wind turbines and Shanghai got 18 wind turbines in last three years. In the leading countries, Denmark meets 19% of its national electricity demand from wind energy, in Spain the figure is 6% and in Germany it is 5%.

China needs clean energy choices to help it develop without destroying the climate. It is also time for Hong Kong to actively support clean energy. While mainland China has new measures supporting wind power, Hong Kong has none. Hong Kong can build wind farms at home and invest in wind in Guangdong to play a crucial role in tackling climate change. It is our responsibility to act.

Therefore, we launched the website www.surewind.org - the first of its kind - that inter-actively promotes wind energy by recruiting more "Wind Ambassadors". We expect to recruit the first 5,000 'Wind Ambassadors' from www.surewind.org within two months. The "Wind Ambassadors" will actively demand the government and the two power companies to give Hong Kong citizens a choice for wind energy.

The More "Wind Ambassadors" join, the stronger signal to the government and electricity companies that Hong Kong people are voting for wind energy. Please support wind energy by clicking on www.surewind.org, and be one of our "Wind Ambassador".

What the celebrities said

Audrey Eu: "There are several ways for power plants to reduce carbon dioxide emission, but the ultimate solution is the wide application of renewable energy, such as wind energy."

Shih Wing Ching: It is high time for Hong Kong to develop wind energy, especially when the problem of energy shortage is so acute to the world.

Leung Man To: While Guangdong province has built big wind farms with more than 100 windmills, Hong Kong has only 1 - we are far behind.

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