Greenpeace Polar Bear honors giant medal to

Press release - 2009-09-22
A polar bear honors the Chief Executive Donald Tsang’s support to the Carfree Day, who walks from the Government House to the Central Government Offices today, by presenting him a giant Carfree medal. Greenpeace urges the CE after his first step against climate change, to escalate his actions and announce a comprehensive plan against the climate crisis before December’s Copenhagen climate summit.

A polar bear honors the Chief Executive Donald Tsang’s support to the Carfree Day, who walks from the Government House to the Central Government Offices today, by presenting him a giant Carfree medal. Greenpeace urges the CE after his first step against climate change.

The Chief Executive together with all Secretaries of Departments and Directors of Bureaux pledged to join the World Carfree day by either use public transport or walk to their offices. Greenpeace activist dresses up as polar bear cheers up Mr. Tsang on his way and urges him to abandon driving within walking distance from now on.

Greenpeace Campaigner Prentice Koo believes Mr. Tsang still has a lot to do for the climate. He says, "The Chief Executive has stepped up today for the climate but he is still far away from taking up full responsibility as the leader of a modern and developed city."

Koo continues, "New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg takes public transport as a habit and this will work for Mr. Tsang as well. Once he gets used to walking to work, Mr. Tsang will naturally stay out of media focus but shows his courage to act for the climate."

He demands the government to release before the Copenhagen meeting the SAR's climate change consultation report and commit public consultation as soon as possible.

World Carfree Day initiated by Greenpeace in Hong Kong this year has attracted support from 18,515 people including 57 organizations, 4 universities and 11 secondary schools.

Mr. Koo says the positive feedback to Carfree day shows social concern to climate change and commitment to take on changes in daily lives. In view of increasing greenhouse gases emissions especially from the transport sector, Greenpeace demands the government to implement comprehensive climate change policy and develop a true low carbon society. He also suggests the authority to draw policies which prioritize needs of pedestrians, cycling and public transport.

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