“Climate Fugitive” Donald Tsang criticised for daydreaming on fighting climate change

Press release - 2009-07-07
Greenpeace criticizes Chief Executive Donald Tsang for 'daydreaming' to surpass the Mainland government on climate work. The green group urges him to open his eyes wide and start working against global warming as the Beijing government does.

Greenpeace activists and legislators Audrey Eu and Li Wing Tat unfurl a banner calling Chief Executive Donald Tsang a 'Climate Fugitive, Stop Hiding'.

The Chief Executive said today in the Legislative Council's Question and Answer Session that Hong Kong would "serve as a role model in fighting climate change in the region" and would "surpass the Mainland government's climate work".

Greenpeace climate campaign Prentice Koo suggests Mr. Tsang should learn from Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao who already started leading the National Leading Group on Climate Change two years ago. "China has already drawn up the National Climate Change policy but Hong Kong cannot even promise now. "

Over 2,000 citizens have shown their concern over the lack of climate policy by joining Greenpeace's petition online and on the street in just two weeks. Greenpeace together with Legislator Cyd Ho and Li Wing Tat, bring forward the demands by unfurling a banner saying "Climate Fugitive, Stop Hiding" before the Chief Executive Donald Tsang attends the Council's Question and Answer Session today.

After issuing a joint declaration with 23 legislators' signatures yesterday, Greenpeace demands the Chief Executive to pledge delivering a climate change policy and to personally lead a delegation to the Copenhagen Conference.

Koo says, "Less than half a year is left before the Copenhagen climate summit unveils but our Chief Executive is not getting serious about it. He should not duck the problem but step up to lead the Government to respond to climate change."

Greenpeace urges Mr Tsang to respond immediately to the Copenhagen meeting agenda by taking immediate measures to reduce greenhouse gases, evaluating the economic impacts of climate change on Hong Kong by keeping up-to date negotiation on international capital and technology transfer, as well as researching on possibility on carbon tariff trade.