Alliance For a Beautiful Hong Kong

Protect Beautiful Hong Kong

Floors, walls and wardrobes will soon get the scrub and de-clutter of the year as Chinese New Year fast approaches. Cleaning will soon be followed by consumption as we waft crisp bank notes around town to welcome in the year of the snake. This annual salute to superstition and sterility motivates homeowners, with their army of domestic helpers at the rear, to clear out household items from furniture to fashion. […]

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Throughout history, urban planners have understood the importance of cities where people could meet easily, connect with commerce at the street level and access employment. Cities often were built around squares or plazas and featured green space. It was understood this promoted well-being, economic development and in earlier days, of course, protection. Planners recognized the importance of fostering community. Then, connectivity was physical and most social life happened in public. […]

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I’m an environmentalist living on Cheung Chau, so was especially interested when I learned of the Environmental Protection Department’s plans for a huge waste incinerator on an artificial island beside nearby Shek Kwu Chau. This was around two years ago, and I then believed the department’s claims the incinerator would include new technology ensuring emissions were clean and safe; though I was concerned it would blight a beautiful area, and […]

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I recently received an email asking about the track record of innovation in sustainability in Hong Kong. “Sorry, can’t be too helpful here I think,” I replied. “Our track record of innovation in sustainability is probably terrible.” But the email did get me thinking, and I replied with a short history of Hong Kong’s sustainability initiatives, drawn from my knowledge. Here is a slightly expanded version. Looking back in time, perhaps […]

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