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Plastic Beach – The Plastic Revolution Begins

I have just returned back from Tung O in East Lamma, and I cannot get a song out of my head……..

“You say you want a revolution,
Well, you know,
We all want to change the world,
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know……”
John Lennon – REVOLUTION

Tracey, Kevin (the third and more low key member of our team) and I cannot believe the incredible turn out today of passionate, driven volunteers all over Hong Kong. The response has been overwhelming and gives me a lot of hope for the future.

In Tung O more than 1,000 people managed to get to one of Hong Kong’s most remote beaches, only accessible by hiking overland or arriving by boat. A special thanks to Ocean Park’s (OPCF) for getting the word out to their massive network and also to Lamma Corner for helping to co-ordinate the mass of incoming visitors. Also as ever the Government workforce of silent eco-warriors were amongst us all, working tirelessly and silently, moving mountains of nurdles! (FEHD and Marine Dept.)

Another great addition to the clean up crew was SINOPEC, who had more than 50 people from all ranks of staff. Several very senior members of Sinopec came down from Beijing, rolled up their sleeves and got stuck into clearing the plastic nightmare that came to our shores after Typhoon Vincent.

I am starting to see some magic happening, and only hope that the media start to report some of the good things that are going on rather than pointing fingers and driving the negative. Here we have something very unique, something I would only expect from Hong Kong.

We have the Government, NGO’s and the Public all rolling up their sleeves and working together to fix a problem.

This would never happen anywhere else, and it is something that Hong Kong should be very proud of!

We do also believe that we have confirmed the location of the 6th Container. We have sent details to the Marine Dept/Sinopec/Shipping Agent to confirm our findings.

We’ll share with you all as soon as our evidence is confirmed…….

Beatrice - August 5, 2012 - 1:19 pm

I think it should be OPCF (Ocean Park Conservation Foudation Hong Kong) rather than OCPF.

Edward Tang - August 5, 2012 - 1:59 pm

Thank you so much for your great effort on this Gary! Your reports brought about the concern from Hong Kong people and started working on it. Hope the Gov will do what they must do, and let us work together and save our environment!

Colasse Laurent - August 7, 2012 - 10:21 am

I wish you great courage to clean up your beaches.
I would be with you to clean, to help …
Laurent, Normandy – France

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