Alexa
  • Directory of Taiwan

Hong Kong to switch off in pollution protest

Hong Kong to switch off in pollution protest

Environmentalists hope to turn out the lights of Hong Kong's dazzling skyline in a protest aimed at telling the world about the city's rapidly worsening air pollution, organizers said yesterday.
Organizers of Lights Out Hong Kong are urging residents and businesses to switch off the lights in their homes and offices for three minutes at 8 p.m. on August 8.
"This is to tell the government that the community wants a strong stance on eliminating pollution," organizer Alastair Robins said.
The Lights Out appeal has the backing of Friends of the Earth Hong Kong and other leading green groups.
Pollution is a growing concern among Hong Kong residents and companies.
Daily inundations of choking smog - produced in large part by the factories, vehicles and power stations of neighboring southern China's heavily industrialized Pearl River Delta region - have gravely reduced the number of days on which one side of the famous harbor is visible from the other.
Recent surveys suggest the smog has also begun to harm the city's economy: tour operators say one in 10 tourists falls ill with pollution-linked respiratory ailments and business groups say fear of smog-caused illness is deterring expats from relocating here.
Lights Out Hong Kong has received some criticism in the local press.
It has been accused of opposing the rapid development that drives the city's booming economy and of challenging the government, allegations organizers deny.
"We are not anti-government - this is the only government we have, and we need to work together," Robins said.