As Hong Kong is heavily dependent on imported goods, the consequences of over consumption are largely invisible, leading a “work hard, then spend the reward” cycle to become the norm. High emissions lifestyle choices are currently cheap, more available, and convenient. However, the tide is turning. Businesses are beginning to offer sustainable options, and individuals are increasingly willing to make a shift towards more environmentally conscious consumption habits.
We should all be aware of the environmental impact of our lifestyle and actively take steps to reduce overall consumption, specifically of things and activities with a high carbon footprint.
Industries play a crucial role in shaping the landscape of the market and consumer demand, spearheading change through product innovation and by transforming business models. The government can encourage change through policy and by creating an enabling environment that is sufficiently comprehensive and equitable.
To champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, we have highlighted local organisations and showcased how their works have contributed to making Hong Kong a cleaner and greener city.See All Champions
Just as walking on sand leaves a footprint, burning fuel for human activity leaves greenhouse gases in the air, creating a carbon footprint. Everything we have, use, and consume, from food to clothes to transportation, is intimately linked to Hong Kong’s overall emissions figure.
According to WWF, if everyone on Earth led the same lifestyle as we do in Hong Kong, 4.2 Earths would be required to fulfil our resource need.