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A small reminder...

Why we do what we do
June 16, 2014

I was lucky enough to be able to visit the Sai Kung Country Park over the weekend, to hike stage 2 of the beautiful Maclehose Trail.
 
It was a glorious day! Clear skies, the perfect temperature (perhaps a little too warm - the prospect of a dip in the ocean at the end of it all wasn't a bad consolation prize though, mind you) - it was fantastic to reconnect with nature and challenge our bodies a little.
 
An hour or so into the hike, we found ourselves walking alongside the still waters of Wong Shek Pier - and also found ourselves confronted with thousands of pieces of floating rubbish. Plastic bags dangling from mangroves, bottles, plastic string, packaging and pieces of clothing - thousand and thousands of rightly coloured specs that sent shivers down our spine. It was like seeing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - right here on our doorstep. This was just one small section of one small catchment, of less than 0.000001% of the ocean - and no matter how often I see this in Hong Kong - as usual, it almost brought me to tears.
 
It's moments like these that remind me why we do what we do - and how important it is to push forward with projects such as the Hong Kong Cleanup. Every item of rubbish collected counts - and we can ALL play a part in this mission. It's never too late to start.

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