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Hong Kongers Join Hands to Protect Island Life

By natasha_chan 25 June 2013
More than 300 people braved the wind and rain of Typhoon Bebinca on Saturday to protest against government proposals to set up a rubbish incinerator at Shek Kwu Chau. On Saturday June 22nd, newly founded environmentalist group The Naked Islands Project (TNIP) staged Motion in the Ocean, a peaceful protest promoting a cleaner Hong Kong. Creating Asia’s first mass human floating ring, participants grabbed their floaties and surfboards and gathered on Pui O Beach, Lantau. Despite giant T3 swells, the brave bunch joined hands to show their support for a pollution-free environment. Opposing the placement of an incinerator on the island of Shek Kwu Chau, TNIP is asking government policy makers to look for alternative environmentally-friendly technology to handle Hong Kong’s growing waste problem. According to Tracey Reed from Plastic Free Seas, a supporting partner of TNIP, Hong Kong is producing more waste than any other Asian country. The proposal, first announced by the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department’s (EPD) Integrated Waste Management sector in early May, also stirred anger among other environmental groups and activists, such as the World Wide Fund for Nature and the Living Islands Movement. TNIP says the placing of an incinerator on Shek Kwu Chau will increase air pollution, jeopardising residents’ health and endangering a number of rare species that inhabit the island. Founders of TNIP, Mike Raper and Lindsey Price, created the organisation in an attempt to build a community that embraces a cleaner future in Hong Kong. They aim to spread their message through radical environmental events that gain extensive media coverage.

The EDP’s ‘Blueprint for Sustainable Use of Resources’, which confirmed Shek Kwu Chau as the preferred site for the incinerator, is currently pending the outcome of a judicial review.

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