Shaping Change

Like the rest of the world, waste is a serious problem in Hong Kong. In fact, we are the #1 wasters in the world. Each person in Hong Kong produces on average 921 Kg of solid waste per year. And that does not take into consideration construction and hazardous waste. Yet, our GDP per capita ranks even higher than that of the USA as according to the 2015 International Monetary Fund figures. Our government has billion dollar surpluses year after year. For 2016 they estimate a budget surplus of $12.3 billion USD and 2015 they had $8.2 billion USD. For a population of 7.4 million, that’s a lot of extra dough! By contrast, New York City has a population of 8.4 million (higher) and they expected a budget surplus of “only” $1.9 billion USD (much lower).

It is time to clean up our act!
Declare War on Waste Now!

Initiatives

Mapping Waste to provide a visual representation of wasted Hong Kong. Please contribute by uploading your photos along with date and location to our Facebook page and be sure to hash #shapingchange. If you don’t want a photo credit on the map, please be sure to indicate that in the FB photo caption.

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Pebbles Beach, Tap Mun -Dec 5, 2016: 22.471707, 114.364353
AFCD Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park -Jan 1, 2017: 22.470805, 114.330415
Balanced Rock Beach, Tap Mun -Dec 5, 2016: 22.466437, 114.362515
Balanced Rock Beach, Tap Mun -Dec 5, 2016: 22.465597, 114.361901
Balanced Rock Beach, Tap Mun -Dec 5, 2016: 22.467116, 114.363400
Medical Waste, Pebbles Beach, Tap Mun -Dec 5, 2016: 22.471265, 114.363746
Lo So Shing, Lamma Island -Jan 2, 2017 (Courtesy Dave Wilson): 22.205688, 114.126824
Ham Tin Wan, AFCD Sai Kung Country Park -Jan 2, 2017 (Courtesy Darren Catterall): 22.406426, 114.374242
Ham Tin Wan, AFCD Sai Kung Country Park -Jan 2, 2017 (Courtesy Darren Catterall): 22.407329, 114.374607
Campers Beach, Sai Kung -Jan 4, 2017 (Courtesy Sandy Burns): 22.347778, 114.266639
AFCD Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park -Jan 5, 2017: 22.464560, 114.327730
AFCD Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park -Jan 5, 2017: 22.470233, 114.331206
AFCD Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park -Jan 5, 2017: 22.472518, 114.328695
AFCD Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park -Jan 5, 2017: 22.472152, 114.328347
AFCD Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park -Jan 5, 2017: 22.471113, 114.328108
AFCD Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park -Jan 8, 2017: 22.475608, 114.323323
AFCD Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park -Jan 8, 2017: 22.471215, 114.325321
Kwun Yam Wan, Cheung Chau -Jan 9, 2017 (Courtesy: Martin Williams): 22.207317, 114.034245
Near Campers Beach, Sai Kung -Jan 9, 2017 (Courtesy Sandy Burns): 22.352705, 114.264228
Near Campers Beach, Sai Kung -Jan 9, 2017 (Courtesy Sandy Burns): 22.352410, 114.264596
Near Campers Beach, Sai Kung -Jan 9, 2017 (Courtesy Sandy Burns): 22.350287, 114.264953
Near Campers Beach, Sai Kung -Jan 9, 2017 (Courtesy Sandy Burns): 22.350728, 114.265360
Near Campers Beach, Sai Kung -Jan 9, 2017 (Courtesy Sandy Burns): 22.350845, 114.265591
Campers Beach, Sai Kung -Jan 9, 2017 (Courtesy Sandy Burns): 22.348476, 114.267112
Campers Beach, Sai Kung -Jan 9, 2017 (Courtesy Sandy Burns): 22.348228, 114.266873
Near Campers Beach, Sai Kung -Jan 9, 2017 (Courtesy Sandy Burns): 22.346712, 114.266160
AFCD Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park -Jan 18, 2017: 22.461933, 114.333134
AFCD Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park -Jan 18, 2017: 22.461978, 114.333397

Petitioning Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department to begin educating in it’s parks about waste. Please support our petition. We need all the help we can get both inside Hong Kong and internationally. As the leaders of litter, we owe it to the world to clean up our act.

Hashing is where you can also easily help. Wherever you see waste in Hong Kong, please post to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter with the hashes:
#shapingchange
#cleanupyouracthongkong
#discoverhongkong
#thisishongkong

The more we spread awareness of the problem, the louder our voices can be to affect change.

Converting Corporates to be leaders of change. Waste all starts with the businesses who want you to buy their products. Yet they pass responsibility of waste to you while they reap all the benefits. Is that fair? Then some companies who also have a high consumer impact like Starbucks, McDonalds, Circle-K, 7-11, and Pacific Coffee not only could be cleaning up their act, but they also could be leading in-store education for the movement of change. So we’re lobbying them to start taking responsibility.

Walking the talk. Find out more.