Message from Chairperson Green Finance Blog Launch

Message from Chairperson Green Finance Blog Launch / 主席的話 啟動綠色金融網誌

Mei Ng – Chairperson of Friends of the Earth (HK) / 吳方笑薇 – 香港地球之友主席

The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that you can only do little.

One Note, one Vote, one Share, one Care, everyone can make a world of difference with the dollar note we spend, the vote we cast, the share we buy and the care we commit for the planetary health that we all depend upon for our common existence and that of our future generations.

In a flatter, hotter, bitter and litter world, we are being naïve if we think we can achieve a sustainable future without harnessing the best of the corporate world to these ends.

Green Finance

If economics is somehow to blame for environmental problems, shouldn’t that means that the cure for those problems must also lie in the economy?

Can “enlightened accounting” catalyze revaluation of true long-term value of natural systems to become “common currency” for sustainable growth?

Can “enlightened investment “ catalyze paradigm shift for reappraisal of “Natural Capitalism”?

Can Green Finance & Green Economy catalyze the adoption of Green GDP?

Green manufacturing, green farming, green building, green transport, green industry, green technology, green consumption, green services bring social, environmental and health benefits to ensure sustainable wellbeing?

No more fossil fools. No more carbon debt. Finance policy-makers and finance sector practitioners, stakeholders and investors can play an important role by divesting in fossil fuel to reduce carbon emission and to adopt green and responsible investing to promote renewable energy and green technology.

Global trends, research, analysis, forecasts and interests in green and responsible investing are growing. Over 1,000 institutions with almost USD $8 trillion have committed to divest in fossil fuels.

Hong Kong needs to catch up

Hong Kong is a global financial hub and a late-comer in promoting Green Finance, lagging behind London, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore and Korea.

Hong Kong needs to catch up to assume climate responsibility and green finance leadership to gain back top spot in the Global Green Finance Index (GGFI).

FoE Green Finance Blog on Earth Day

To celebrate Earth Day, Friends of the Earth(HK) launched a “Green Finance Blog” on its website to harness collective wisdom to catalyse Hong Kong policy makers and asset managers’ interest and commitment to adopt green finance and responsible investing.

Friends of the Earth (HK) believes that each one of us in our small ways and examples can generate positive changes to save Planet Earth and our common future.

Visit the Green Finance Blog on
https://www.foe.org.hk/greenfinanceblog/ .

對於地球最大的威脅,正在於我們相信,能夠改變的只是微乎其微。

鈔票、選票、股票、飯票,四票就在你手!每個人都可以通過我們的決定改變地球,包括我們如何消費、如何投票、如何投資股票市場、如何對地球的健康作出關注的承諾,我們以至未來新一代的存亡正繫於此。

我們生活在一個更平坦、更炎熱、更痛苦並充滿垃圾的世界,如果我們仍相信不用商界精英的參與亦可以達至一個可持續的未來,未免太天真了!

綠色金融

當大家都將環境問題歸咎於經濟時,為何大家在考慮補救方法時不向經濟方面入手?

「開明的會計學」能催化人們重新評估自然生態系統的真正長遠價值,從而成為可持續增長的「共同貨幣」嗎?

「開明的投資」能催化重新評估「生態資本主義」的範式轉變嗎?

綠色金融和綠色經濟能催化「綠色國內生產總值」的接受與應用程度嗎?

綠色生產、綠色農業、綠色建築、綠色交通、綠色產業、綠色技術、綠色消費與綠色服務,能帶來社會、環境和健康效益從而促成可持續福祉嗎?

不應再有愚昧的化石!不應再有碳債務!財務政策制定者、金融業從業人員、持分者以及投資者可以在當中扮演重要的角色,包括通過撤離化石燃料投資能減少碳排放,並採用綠色和負責任的投資來推動可再生能源和綠色技術。

綠色和負責任投資在全球的趨勢、研究、分析、預測和興趣都正在增長中。超過1,000家擁有近8萬億美元的機構已承諾向化石燃料撤資。

香港必須從後趕上

香港是全球金融中心,可惜在推動綠色金融方面卻只是剛起步,落後於倫敦、上海、東京、新加坡和韓國。

香港必須從後趕上承擔氣候責任,並爭取在全球綠色金融指數中奪魁,重奪綠色金融領導地位。

世界地球日啟動綠色金融網誌

為了慶祝世界地球日,當天香港地球之友網頁上推出了綠色金融網誌,通過集體智慧提升香港政策制定者和資產管理者對採用綠色金融和負責任投資的興趣從而作出相關承諾。

香港地球之友認為,我們每個人都可以通過我們自己微小的想法及方式,為拯救地球和我們共同的未來作出積極的改變。

歡迎透過
https://www.foe.org.hk/greenfinanceblog/ 瀏覽「綠色金融網誌」。

Welcome Message / 歡迎辭

Welcome to the first Green Finance blog post from Friends of the Earth (HK). We would like to be pioneers to promote Green Finance in Hong Kong – through this blog, we will share both our views and relevant publications around this topic.

The Earth Day is the best day for us to start this blog. We believe that Green Finance has a great value proposition – both from an investment perspective and from an environmental sustainability perspective.

We hope this blog would be interactive with the viewers so we welcome any comments and suggestions.

As the first introduction, we would like to invite you to view the following interview with Mr. Robin How, independent analyst and Mr. James A Maguire, Partner of Sustainable Development Capital LLP.

歡迎大家瀏覽香港地球之友首個關於綠色金融的博客,香港地球之友希望成為在港推動綠色金融的先導者,而我們亦會透過這個博客傳播關於綠色金融的資訊和分享我們對這個議題的看法。

今天是地球日,我們覺得這是一個和大家一起開始探索此重要議題的最佳日子,綠色金融不單是我們對環境保護的承諾,也可以成為具有充份投資價值的項目。

我們特意選取了獨立分析員Robin How先生和Sustainable Development Capital LLP合伙人James A Maguire先生的訪談去作為這個博客的第一個篇章,歡迎各位觀賞並提出意見。