A site for self-determination and against the enclosure of knowledge
By Johan Nylander
When an environmental group in Hong Kong recently spent 42 days to clean up a beach, jam-packed with plastic litter and oxidized construction rubbish, the reaction from authorities came as a cold shower.
Instead of supporting the campaign, which took place on Lamma Island with dozens of local families and children volunteering, the government’s Lands Department put a notice on top of the pile of construction waste – deeming it an illegal occupation of government land and threatened to prosecute the organizers.
Similar stories are routine for the many grass-root organizations that are struggling to fight environmental degradation in Hong Kong, where rubbish keeps piling up along the coastlines and in country parks.
Recently, an entire beach in Shek O, a coastal village on Hong Kong Island, was found covered with garbage. The WWF Hong Kong estimated that there was about 12 million pieces of garbage…
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