Letters Online: Junk junkets, plastic waste choking seas, and overpackaging
Want to fight climate change? Junk all junkets
The climate catastrophists in the UN and Australia’s Climate Council claim that man-made global warming will hurt tourism. However, tourists in planes, ships, buses, trains and cars all contribute mightily to producing carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas and leading cause of global warming.
If the catastrophists believed their own scare-stories, they would advocate bans on all government promotion and advertising of tourism expos and games, abandon the multitude of tax-funded climate conferences in exotic locations, and veto all government-funded “study tours” by academics, politicians and bureaucrats.
Viv Forbes, Queensland, Australia
Marine species are entitled to plastic-free seas
I refer to your article on reducing plastic waste (“How Europe is working to solve the plastic waste problem – and Hong Kong can, too”, January 24).
Undoubtedly, many plastic products, such as bottles, bags, or cling wrap, are crucial to our daily lives. However, these plastic materials, if not disposed of or recycled properly, can harm the environment and pollute oceans, putting aquatic life at risk.
Ocean pollution renders beaches and waters filthy, kills offshore coral, and can destroy marine ecosystems, not to speak of other organisms that ingest such plastic.
Marine species deserve to live in a plastic-free sea. We humans cannot go on producing millions of tonnes of a material that poses a risk to life forms. The world is our home, and we should protect it for every living thing that inhabits it.
Crystal Au, Yau Yat Chuen
Here’s how to stop wasteful trend of overpackaging
There is one simple measure that could be introduced that I believe would reduce the amount of packaging waste and plastic in Hong Kong at a stroke. This is what I term the “product to package ratio”, or PPR, which is the volume of actual product in relation to the volume of packaging expressed as a percentage.
If this percentage figure was required to be displayed on every product, not only would this expose the ridiculous quantity of packaging used in many of the products on sale, especially this time of year, but it would offer a means by which the consumer could make an informed choice in rejecting those products where the ratio percentage was unreasonably low.
Very soon the manufacturers would have to take notice of such choice and would reduce their packaging accordingly.
David Eason, Tai Po