A New Green Chapter for Hong Kong

"Only One Earth”—that is the theme of this year’s World Environment Day. It shares the same slogan as the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in 1972, when the conference designated June 5, today, as the day to promote awareness and action for the environment. 50 years later today, this slogan still rings true if not ever more.

2022 is also special for Hong Kong as it marks the 25th anniversary of handover and the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. What has the Hong Kong government done to protect and improve the environment? We have decided to highlight some of the major milestones below:


Great strides have been taken, but it is not enough. Hong Kong continues to be threatened by climate change, waste, and air pollution.

With nary a mention of environmental protection in his 44-page manifesto, John Lee has currently failed to depict a green and sustainable Hong Kong in his new chapter. Friends of the Earth (HK) asks the chief executive-elect to put more consideration for the sustainable development of the city with some of our key recommendations:

In the 25 years since the handover, Hong Kong’s environmental policies have been middling. Climate change, air pollution, and waste are still severe. Friends of the Earth (HK) hopes that the new administration led by John Lee will be goal-oriented in starting a new green chapter for Hong Kong, responding to various environmental challenges and reshaping Hong Kong into a liveable and healthy city.

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