An Australian man who has been living in Hong Kong for four years is calling on people to join him in cleaning up the sea and beaches in the city, news website hk01.com reports.
Robert, as the man calls himself, is a member of a local organization called Ghost Net Buster.
The group was established by several sea-loving Hongkongers who launch clean-up activities from time to time in order to prevent discarded fishing nets from killing sea creatures.
Those nets are the kind of garbage that can impact the marine ecology the most, he said.
Aside from being a member of Ghost Net Buster, Robert also started a group called “30 for 30″, which invites people to clean up beaches on Lamma Island for 30 minutes every day for 30 days.
But he said it’s sad that only a few people are interested in joining the group, even though beach pollution has become a problem that cannot be ignored. He said he once found an old bomb at a beach that is believed to have been left by the Japanese army during the second world war.
Most Hongkongers are not enthusiastic about clean-up efforts because they think it’s a waste of time – beaches will turn into a mess again no matter how many times they are cleaned, Robert said.
Such a perception is opposite to what is held by the public in Australia, where it is easier to organize beach clean-up activities, he said.
Robert said this may be partly due to the faster pace of living in Hong Kong compared with that in Australia.
Still, he hopes Hongkongers will change such a perception, as he believes the efforts by a small number of people will encourage a growing number of people to join the cause.
On the bright side, he said he has noticed more young people in Hong Kong are participating in activities aimed at protecting the environment, a good sign that suggests civil education is creating a positive effect.
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