Ms Christine Loh Under Secretary for the Environment
Yesterday we had the opportunity to attend a talk by Under Secretary for the Environment Ms Christine Loh.
This was an informal setting and Ms Loh talked about her background and her hopes for Hong Kong 2025.
Ms Loh is a truly inspiring woman. She is former Legislative Councillor, founder and CEO of Civic Exchange, founder of the Citizens Party, and founder of Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor.
Until her appointment as Under Secretary for the Environment, Loh was CEO of Civic Exchange, the Hong Kong think tank that she co-founded in 2000. She was named “Woman of the Year for 2006” by Hong Kong Business. She has worked in many areas, including law, business, politics, media and the non-profit sector, but is best known as a leading voice in public policy in Hong Kong, particularly in promoting democracy and environmental protection. She has long been associated with the campaign to save Hong Kong’s Harbour from excessive land reclamation and over development.
Ms Loh talked about Hong Kong as a part of a bigger puzzle. We are influenced by the activities in the Pearl river Delta and also the Guangdong area. The natural setting with surrounding mountains are protecting us from large amounts of the pollution from this very active region. We have to remember that Hong Kong is a truly magnificent place with its mountains, beaches and country parks etc and do our best to protect it. Legislation about the use of cleaner fuel at our port is underway and other measures are taken to clean up the diesel fleet. Public transportation is very efficient in Hong Kong and further development is needed to meet increasing needs.
Many important issues like air pollution and waste management were mentioned and we need to take measures now to make Hong Kong a cleaner and greener city.