IMPACT REPORT 2017 AUTUMN/WINTERTime to end our love affair with disposable plastics
IMPACT REPORT 2017 AUTUMN/WINTERRedefining the good life as Greenpeace HK turns 20
IMPACT REPORT 2017 AUTUMN/WINTERMaking happiness about you not about ‘things’
“The year is 2030. The Arctic is now all open ocean; the ice has melted so ships steam through unhindered. Polar Bears have nowhere to go…”
Climate change is not just an Arctic issue. It’s here in Hong Kong too. The Hong Kong Observatory predicts that our temperature is expected to rise by 1-2°C while the sea surface may rise 0.3m between 2031 and 2040. But we have the choice to change our future and save the seas, in every action we take.
"The turtle drifts in the middle of the ocean; on all sides float white bloated plastic waste. Every year 25 million tons of plastic trash is dumped in our oceans, that's the same as three full rubbish trucks tipping their load directly into the ocean every minute..."
That 25 million tons will only grow higher. Just go to any beach on Hong Kong and see how much rubbish is washed up. Greenpeace is pushing fast food outlets to ditch disposable plastics. Our dream is that in 2037, turtles will swim plastic-free in a clear blue ocean.
"Waste clothing, discarded shoes choke landfills, fabric factories work at full throttle poisoning the water and land. By 2030, global production of clothing and footwear will pass 100 million tons, but the industry is causing environmental crises with excessive water consumption and waste pollution."
Every year, Hongkongers dump 110,000 tons of clothing; we simply can't keep up with how much we are buying. We are making a clothing mountain. Why not shop smart? Buy clothes that last; fix up old favourites. Greenpeace believes that Less is More, is a much cooler way to live.
“In 2034, Daya Bay Nuclear Power Station will have reached the end of its 40-year lifespan. But Hong Kong never seriously took up renewable energy, and now a nuclear leak threatens…”
Hong Kong is densely populated and packed with skyscrapers -- but new projects are heralding breakthroughs in solar power. Just like Japan's plans to build the world's biggest floating solar farm, Hong Kong has started a similar pilot project on Shek Pik reservoir. Remember our own very successful Solar Café. No one needs nuclear!
"By everyone being willing to think more about the details of their lives, thinking outside the box: like asking what about making icecream without milk!"
"Because I love animals I forced myself give up meat. This time I want to put my beliefs into practice with my whole heart, and learn how to make really delicious vegetarian food."
"As well as running a workshop on how to repair and upgrade old clothes, I will also try and re-custom my daughter's old diapers into sanitary napkins. I hope to change people’s habits by offering new skills."
"The Goodlife is not built on material things or external elements; nature is the richest source of happiness. I am now used to carrying around my own cup and utensils."