Disasters on our doorstep

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 August, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 12 August, 1994, 12:00am

I AM concerned about the changing climate that I have noticed in Hong Kong.

In the last few years, I am sure we must all be aware of the fact that our summers have been characterised by very heavy rainfall.

Sometimes, it has cost people their lives. In response to this problem, a red and black rainstorm warning system has been introduced.

Before this problem got worse, we in Hong Kong, probably thought that the effects of rising populations and deforestation were too far away for us to be worried.

Short-term investments were still pursued, while the long-term consequences were ignored. These ''consequences'' were manifested in the changes in the global climate.

In Southeast China, such changes were evident with unnaturally intense rainfall which, in turn, resulted in flooding and landslides. Though some people are guilty and some are innocent, we all have to ''pay the price'' for what has been done.

I hope we can all learn lessons from the recent disasters and that we will try to stop the actions which pose a threat to nature.