Greenpeace China, Oxfam Hong Kong, WWF Hong Kong and Twelve Other Community Organisations Ally against Climate Change

Press release - 2009-05-25
Greenpeace China, Oxfam Hong Kong and WWF Hong Kong, together with twelve local NGOs, joined hands to form Hong Kong’s first ever coalition against climate change. Announcing the new Combat Climate Change Coalition (hereinafter, “CCCC”) today, the Coalition – which has a combined supporter base of more than 500,000 people in Hong Kong - expressed its aim to combat climate change.

Greenpeace China, Oxfam Hong Kong and WWF Hong Kong, together with twelve local NGOs, joined hands to form Hong Kong’s first ever coalition against climate change. Announcing the new Combat Climate Change Coalition (hereinafter, “CCCC”) today, the Coalition – which has a combined supporter base of more than 500,000 people in Hong Kong - expressed its aim to combat climate change.

Stanley So, spokesperson of CCCC said at the inaugural press conference, “CCCC urges the HKSAR government to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 per cent by 2020 from the 1990 levels. This commitment should be made before the Copenhagen Climate Summit in December this year; and by the end of 2010, the HKSAR government should announce a holistic climate policy tackling climate change.”

 

Representatives from local supporting organisations attended the press conference today and shared their concerns about the impacts of climate change on the elderly and workers.

 

Leung, an elderly aged 78, has had respiratory problems in recent years due to the increasingly hot temperature in the summer. Senior Citizen Home Safety Association Executive Director Mr Ma Kam Wah said that, in the summer of 2008, the average number of personal emergency calls was 1500 per day – a 15 per cent increase over the previous year. He is worried that the elderly will find it increasingly difficult to adapt to the changing weather.

 

Mr Kwok Siu Kit, Vice Chairperson of Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions shared an episode of a life guard getting heat stroke during work and requiring rescue. A life guard himself, Mr Kwok said, “the situation is worsening in recent years due to climate change. We should also be worried about public health, since higher temperatures bring more diseases, including those that are borne by mosquitoes.” He also criticised the government for lagging behind Shenzhen in terms of protection for outdoor workers working in hot weather.

 

CCCC shall gather the support of civil society in Hong Kong to act on the climate crisis and to urge the HKSAR government to adopt a climate proof policy that includes ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, and supports local people living in poverty who are more vulnerable to the effects of abnormal weather.

 

The Coalition calls on other civil society leaders to join forces in pushing Hong Kong policy makers to cooperate with world leaders to act against the climate crisis, which threatens not just life on earth, but also social justice.

 

Hong Kong’s extensive industrial activities and overconsumption over the last few decades have resulted in enormous greenhouse gas emissions. CCCC calls on the HKSAR government to implement a comprehensive climate policy and action plan which mainstream tackling climate change into all policy areas, from energy, transport, waste, healthcare, social services, housing, town planning, manufacturing, office design and so on. The CCCC also urges the government to look beyond Hong Kong and support poor communities in developing countries to adapt to severe climate impacts.

 

Notes to Editors:

Combat Climate Change Coalition (CCCC), initiated by Greenpeace China, Oxfam Hong Kong and WWF Hong Kong, aims to mobilize and connect civil society groups and to galvanize the government and the public into combating the climate problem which requires transformational change and rapid actions from us. The coalition also urges the HKSAR government to adopt a climate proof policy and measures that reduce the impact of climate change on Hong Kong. The coalition has an initial focus on a just and equitable agreement at the December 2009 Copenhagen Climate Summit, fulfilling our responsibilities as global citizens. CCCC has published a booklet “Climate A-Z” which contains a climate change glossary and tips on combating climate change in every day life.

CCCC shall organise the following activities:

  • Human impact stories (late August)
  • Symposium about climate change impacts on Hong Kong (August )
  • Global Day of Action (12 December)- in response to the Copenhagen Climate Summit, CCCC shall organise large- scale public activities

 

Aside from the three initiating organisations, supporting organisations include (as of 25 May):

 

 

Breakthrough Limited

Catholic Messengers of Green Consciousness

Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions

Hong Kong Church Renewal Movement

Hong Kong Social Workers' General Union

Roundtable Network

Senior Citizen Home Safety Association

St. James’ Settlement - Community Oriented Mutual Economy

The Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong

The Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Asthma Society

The Hong Kong Federation of Women’s Centres

 

 

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