A two-day cleanup campaign at Tung Lung Island, off the tip of Clear Water Bay Peninsula, has helped remove as many as 190 bags of garbage, mostly styrofoam containers and plastic bottles.
Nearly 100 volunteers, with ages ranging from 8 to 70, participated in the weekend campaign aimed at keeping garbage out of Hong Kong beaches, news website hk01.com reports.
It may be an impossible task, however, since tons of garbage is still flowing from the mainland across the sea and washing up on the city’s shores.
Sammy Wong, a member of an amateur dragon boat rowing team that launched the campaign, said his group has been doing the job since last year.
He said the task saddens and pains him because it tells him that many people still don’t realize the harm they are doing to the environment by being unmindful of how and where they throw their garbage.
Hong Kong people must realize that it is everyone’s responsibility and obligation to safeguard the environment they live in, Wong said.
Asked why his group chose Tung Lung Island, he said his team asked the government last year to do something about the proliferation of garbage on the island, but their petition remained unacted upon.
Various agencies including the Water Supplies Department, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department simply tried to pass the buck, he said.
So the team called on volunteers to clean up the island, and many responded.
Wong said he was glad to see parents joining their children in the cleanup campaign, which offers a great opportunity to teach the next generation about importance of environmental protection.
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