Time for Hong Kong to get serious: you can’t tackle the climate crisis AND build mega-towns

The way humans deal with the climate crisis is one of the strangest examples of our complicated psychology. For example: this has been one of the hottest-ever summers in Hong Kong, and on October 5, the government issued a press release stating that September 2021 was the hottest on record, a full 2.3 degrees warmer than usual.

Photo: Kelly Ho/HKFP.

The climate crisis is here and it is impacting Hong Kong too. Which means it was only natural for Chief Executive Carrie Lam to address the topic in her policy address. However, if we were hoping for some sense of urgency, innovative thinking or coherent policy, we were severely disappointed. I can’t understand what it will take for those in power to realise that the survival of humans on the planet must become an absolute priority. 

The world (and not just Hong Kong) has demonstrated a dogged unwillingness to accept that the climate crisis was created by a whole range of irrational behaviour. It can only be addressed and reversed through a holistic approach and not by throwing money and bureaucracy at the problem.


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