Sustainable City & Ecological Footprint
Massive increases in human population, urban development and consumption of renewable natural resources in the last century have created an imbalance in human’s relationship with our planet. According to the analysis on Hong Kong's Ecological Footprint , Hong Kong people are living beyond the Earth’s limits. We need 3.1 Earths if everyone led the lifestyle of Hong Kong people. Since our small city cannot provide the huge diversity and amount of natural resources, we imports most of what we need.
The good news is that you don’t have to be a scientist to save the planet. By making better choices in your daily life, you can reduce your Ecological Footprint and conserve our planet’s valuable natural resources.
The Ecological Footprint is an accounting tool used to measure the land and sea areas mankind uses to provide what we take from nature, such as timber and paper, seafood, livestock, crops and area needed to absorb our carbon dioxide emission. On average humanity would need the regenerative capacity of 1.5 Earths to provide the ecological services we currently use.
How to Make a Better Choice?Living in a more sustainable lifestyle is not complicated. There are so many little things you can do in your daily life that can make a big impact over time. In Hong Kong, our daily consumption accounts for 78 per cent of Hong Kong’s Ecological Footprint. Among which, clothing, food, energy and transportation contribute to the most.
Here are a few suggestions on how to get started:
- Review your wardrobe regularly to see if you really need to buy new items.
- Don’t throw away unwanted clothes. Show your creativity by “mix-and-matching” unwanted clothes to create your new styles.
- Recycle unwanted clothes or swap them for other goods
- Choose clothing made from organic cotton
- Eat sustainable seafood listed on WWF-Hong Kong’s Seafood Guide
- Buy seasonal produce from local farmers whenever possible
- Only buy or order what you can consume to reduce food waste
- Take public transport, drive less
- Travel abroad by train or ship and avoid taking flights. If it is necessary to travel by air, opt for direct flights and offset your carbon emission