Arguably the most important policy to protect Hong Kong's remaining natural environment since the introduction of country parks in the 1970s is about to be implemented. It has taken experts more than two years to formulate, it's at a critical public consultation stage, which ends on April 7, and it goes by the catchy acronym of BSAP.
That's a Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, in case you didn't know, and, like most of the terminology employed in the green world, it hardly sets the pulse racing. This might be why only, at the time of writing, 192 people (including me) have viewed the slick new video about BSAP now available on YouTube. How can environmentalists expect us to engage with these very important issues when they make them sound so dull?
Watch: Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for Hong Kong (BSAP)
The benefits we get from a healthy environment, such as clean air and water, are now called "ecosystem services". The crown jewels of nature, such as corals, which support many other life forms, are called "keystone organisms". Schoolchildren used to be taken for nature walks to learn about animals and plants but, presumably, they now sit exams on "sustainability" and "genetic biodiversity". Interesting, maybe, but not as engaging as watching a birdwing butterfly flutter through an urban park or a finless porpoise swimming off a beach.
It takes special skill to reduce something as magical, essential and inspirational as the natural world to literary dust and doing so switches people off just when we all need to be enthused. More dangerously, it makes our local environment sound remote - an academic experiment conducted in a sterile laboratory, not a moment of wonder witnessed in a window box or school garden.
Let's hope the dreary jargon is at least biodegradable and there is no further bioaccumulation of tiresome vocabulary. In the meantime, check out the new BSAP document and make your views known. It's more exciting than it sounds.