Why Hong Kong’s climate change efforts fall short

With no strategy for long term de-carbonisation, a powerful energy lobby with an appetite for fossil fuels and Chinese nuclear power, and a government more concerned with protecting corporate interests than the future of the planet, Hong Kong’s efforts to battle the climate change emergency have faltered.

In contrast, the government has adopted official emergency declarations, urgent consultations with scientific experts and a raft of radical social and economic policies to protect public health and the economy in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Photo: Jennifer Creery/HKFP.

This approach contrasts starkly with the lethargy and collective over decarbonising the city to combat that other global threat to livelihood and health: climate change.


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