Dear Friends of Zero Foodprint Asia,
It’s been exactly two years since covid-19 rocked this boat called Mother Earth and still two years on, we can hardly fathom that here in HK, we've returned to a similar state as to when and how all of this started. As tough as it is to operate (food) businesses under restrictive circumstances, the more frustrating part is how the pandemic has drastically slowed down progress on the sustainability front. And while we’re here, one can no longer talk about “sustainability” without addressing climate change and how it’s exacerbating the effects it has on poverty, malnutrition, climate migration, supply chain disruptions, and what else but the health of our entire ecosystem.
Earlier this month, Dr. Billy Hau from HKU School of Biological Sciences announced HK’s first and largest study on the Potential of Forest Carbon Sequestration. Why is this important you ask? HK’s current climate plan takes no consideration into nature-based solutions - even with three-quarters of Hong Kong’s landscape being countryside covered by open grassland to woodlands, which can take up and store large amounts of carbon thus slowing down climate change. We believe that this is a huge uptake by the university to demonstrate the importance of preserving and regenerating HK’s native forests, orchards, grasslands, mangroves, and arable lands - such that nature is helping us meet the city's carbon neutrality targets.
Climate solutions are all laid out in front of us. We just need to get out of our tunnel vision, look up once in a while, and awaken to the idea of collaborative, shared-value, systems design thinking. Otherwise, should we continue to choose to not pay attention, we’ll miss this only opportunity to lessen and mitigate the impact climate change will have on all of us.
So climate is changing. Why aren’t we?