“Satish Kumar detects fresh green shoots amid the consumerist bustle of Hong Kong.
““Why on earth do you want to go to Hong Kong?” asked my friend after learning about my plans. “Isn’t it the capital of consumerism and materialism?”
“Of course it is. But besides its high-rise buildings, long bridges, brightly lit tunnels, big banks and mega-businesses there are people and projects that represent a new movement towards simplicity, sustainability and spirituality. In the context of the consumerist culture of Hong Kong, the idea of conservation may sound like a contradiction in terms. However, Hong Kong Island, which is the home of many multinationals, is only part of a territory that includes numerous other islands as well as the mainland areas of Kowloon and the New Territories. Only 25% of Hong Kong’s administrative area is built up, I was told, and that’s where the vast bulk of the 7.3 million population live, while the remaining land comprises hills, woods, grassland, fields and farms. This land needs special conservation, caring, cultivating and protecting from the never-ending appetite of the building industry and so-called developers.”
Read the full story in the current issue of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine….