Scavengers collect waste at Sidoarjo garbage dump in East Java, Indonesia, on June 5. About eight million tonnes of plastic waste is dumped into the world’s oceans every year. Photo: AFP

Why giving up your plastic straw won’t save the planet

Anson Au says people in Hong Kong and elsewhere should come together to hold governments and large corporations responsible for environmental degradation, rather than focusing on lifestyle changes at the individual level that have barely any impact

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Scavengers collect waste at Sidoarjo garbage dump in East Java, Indonesia, on June 5. About eight million tonnes of plastic waste is dumped into the world’s oceans every year. Photo: AFP
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Anson Au

Anson Au

Anson Au is currently a visiting professor in the School of Humanities, Social Science, and Law at Harbin Institute of Technology and a PhD student in sociology at the University of Toronto.