Keep our waters clean

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 07 August, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 August, 2010, 12:00am

I always take a stroll along Lei King Wan, which is in my neighbourhood. Over the past month, a lot of garbage has been dumped in the water, destroying its beauty. One Sunday, I saw a party on a ship. Rubbish ranging from plastic bottles and paper plates to leftover food was continuously thrown into the water as the ship was moving.

In fact, there was so much rubbish that the police were called to help.

The rubbish sometimes gets caught in boat engines, and the water stinks. There used to be many colourful fish swimming around, but now more than half are dead, floating on the water surface. It's a horrible sight.

Hong Kong means 'Fragrant Harbour'. We all have the responsibility to keep Hong Kong's waters clean.

Arjun Sivakumar, 13, South Island School

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Arjun. It is terrible to think of people throwing rubbish into the oceans. They are a major source of food for the world's people, and just as you wouldn't dump your rubbish on someone's plate, the environment should be respected and kept clean. Carelessly tossing rubbish into unauthorised places is also a sign of disrespect for those who will have to come along and clean it up later.

What a pity the culprits were not fined for their selfish behaviour.

Susan, Editor