Repair and rebuild the relationship between human and nature - by acting daily and locally.
Global trade liberalization accelerates natural resource consumption. The resources we are currently using are equivalent to 1.6 Earths (Global Footprint Network, 2012) - we are now in a "ecological deficit". At the same time, in this profit-driven world, the environmental impact of the production process may be ignored.
Homogenerity of the industry severely exploits certain natural resources - for instance, huge demand for timber induces deforestation, overfishing of the oceans, and single agricultural operations causes soil degradation - the nature is losing the balance and equilibrium it is used to have.
In Hong Kong, products from worldwide are at our fingertips. For example, more than 90% of Hong Kong's overall food supply is imported goods. Relying on imports means transferring and relocating the environmental impact to other countries. At the same time, long-distance transportation generates a large amount of carbon emissions and aggravates climate change.
Globalization brings cheaper and cheaper commodity. Purchases and disposals have become easier and at lower-cost. Ironically, the reason for excessive consumption is not that we really "need" so much. According to the 2015 figures, the Hong Kong landfill handles more than 15,000 tonnes of solid wastes a day - more than 40% of which come from households.
In fact, many resources are wasted before fully utilized. At present, although some of the surplus materials can be disposed of downstreaming or recycling process, or transferred to "needs", the environmental responsibility is actually "outsourced" to other people.
In order to break through in the highly competitive global market, producers undoubtedly want to increase productivity, reduce costs and prices. Here are some examples: use of excessive pesticides and insecticides in farming causes irreversible pollution to soil and water; the untreated sewage discharge in apparel manufacturing.
As mentioned above, food producers seize the market with high-productivity and low-price goods. Products with excessive pesticides, foods under irresponsible production processes, and processed foods with large amounts of chemicals can easily be found in the market. As a result, it is us who suffer from this substandard food.
We are taking a lot of resources from nature, living a comfortable and convenient life, but bringing irreversible damage to nature. Then for the next generation, we must protect nature and reconcile with nature. This responsibility should not be passed on to other countries or other people.
Transition in Hong Kong starts from our own lives, fixing the rift between life and nature -
Supporting local agriculture: promoting community supported organic agriculture while promoting small-scale "distributed" farming in the urban areas, such as community garden, schools garden, to increase food self-sufficiency, and to rethink the source of food and the value of land.
Living an environmentally friendly lifestyle: the life choices should be the least harmful to the environment, but this does not mean sacrificing quality of life;
Treasuring everything: promote the recycling of resources in community; say no to excessive consumption and waste
Make good use of local resources: support local production to strengthen urban resilience; explore and make good use of nature resources, such as herbal culture; develop local renewable energy