© Patrick Cho / Greenpeace
/ Our campaigns in Hong Kong

We’ve been working here in Hong Kong for more than 20 years. Environmental issues impact every one of us and that’s why we work with people like you to face up to these urgent problems.

You might have seen the news that McDonald’s in the UK will replace all plastic straws with paper ones. Let’s get Hong Kong McDonald’s to do the same! Thanks to you and another 20,000 people who signed our petition, we have successfully been pushing the fast food industry to ditch single-use plastics. McDonald's said by the end of this year it would completely stop using Styrofoam in Hong Kong, yet in other areas it is still focused on recycling rather than on reduction. We're trying to get them as well as two major local fast-food chains Café de Coral and Fairwood to set a target to phase out single-use plastics as soon as possible.

Single-use plastics are abused everywhere. During Lunar New Year fair in Victoria Park, Greenpeace observed how plastic was being used and estimated 1 million plastic utensils were thrown away! Let’s work together and stop that!

I'm sure you've heard by now that the SAR Government launched a consultation in April to decide whether to open up country parks for development even though there is more than enough abandoned land they could use. Once the bulldozers are let in, there's no turning back. We launched a rapid response, joining forces with other local green groups to protect Hong Kong's back garden. Over 50,000 people have signed our petition to save our country parks!

Meanwhile, there have been suspicious fires at the beautiful wetlands in Nam Sang Wai. Greenpeace is also working with local groups to push the government to find out the truth and give this important stopover point for migratory birds proper protection.

After many years of Greenpeace campaigns, the SAR government signed a deal with Hong Kong's two power companies to introduce "Feed-In Tariffs" with a payback rate of 10 years, to encourage homeowners or companies to install their own renewable energy power generation, such as solar panels, and sell that energy on to the power companies for between HKD3-5 per unit of electricity. It's hoped this will spur the growth of renewable energy, which currently makes up a paltry 0.1% of our energy in Hong Kong.

While extreme weather events are happening at an ever greater rate across the planet, Hong Kong has seen its fair share of disasters. We made a series of studies in July and concluded that climate change was potentially impacting the health of Hong Kong’s outdoor workers with the intense heat.

This is our second Digital Impact Report. We hope you are enjoying it. By going digital we’ve been able to reduce our paper consumption and carbon emissions. Thank you for supporting us! We also welcome you to read our 2017 report on the work and campaigns of Greenpeace East Asia, called GREENPEACE THIS YEAR. You’ve been an integral part of all our work. And lastly, if you have any comments or suggestions we’d love to hear from you! You can email us at: editors.ea@greenpeace.org
© Patrick Cho / Greenpeace
/ Using science to speak the truth

There will be many detractors trying to argue against environmental protection, and we need facts on our side. With you behind us, we can win battles with the best knowledge, the strongest research, and the soundest science.

© Patrick Cho / Greenpeace
/ Seven days of plastic

HONG KONG throws away 2,100 tonnes of plastic waste EVERY DAY. On Earth Day, we invited people to collect plastic items they used in just seven days to visualize this nightmare.

© Patrick Cho / Greenpeace
ALI Seven-day total: around 60 items

Main plastic items: straws, plastic bag for medicines, airplane meal packaging
After a business trip, Ali realised there was just no end to the plastic waste he was making. It was a breakthrough for him. "We never think about using straws to drink hot drinks, so you can also just refuse to use straws for cold drinks."

© Patrick Cho / Greenpeace
LAM LAM FAMILY Seven-day total: around 30 items

Main plastic items: plastic food trays, cling film, cup
Even though they tried to avoid plastic, the mum still bought food that was in plastic trays and her daughter used a plastic cup. We all need to try harder! “Still, we washed the packaging clean and did our best to recycle: and used the plastic trays as bases for our plant pots."

© Patrick Cho / Greenpeace
CHERRY Seven-day total: around 20 items

Main plastic items: packaging for snacks, cold medicine and pocket tissues
Cherry has no problem in not using straws, but she's trying hard not to eat snacks full of plastic packaging. "If you eat snacks everyday, then you'll be like my jacket of plastic." Cherry's got her own principle to reduce plastics: try to avoid individually wrapped snacks!

© Ian Willms / Greenpeace
/ Greenpeace around the world

We’re an international organization with offices, activists and supporters all over the globe. Let me take you on a journey and show you some of our more colourful campaigns.

© Bill Hunter / Greenpeace
/ Plastic Free Alliance!

We are calling on people around the world to help us END single-use plastics with easy everyday actions. Download your Millions Acts of Blue toolkit here. Together we can do it. Together we will do it!