This week, we are thinking little.
In my former life as a television executive, I remember a conversation with the international programming directors at Discovery Networks and the National Geographic Channel at the ’96 Cannes TV exhibition. We we were having a discussion what makes a documentary popular.
They looked at each other and smiled: 4 legs good, 2 legs not good.
Apparently, it was no secret that viewers are far more interested in learning about animals than about people. It was true long before social media and the multitude of viral cat videos proves some things don’t change.
So, it doesn’t make sense that we don’t take proper care of them.
With an inability to speak human, all other species are at the mercy of our (often ruthless) decisions that determine what growth will look like.
Our desire to put commercial expansion ahead of natural ecosystems simply does not compute. Local developers have now set their sites on long abandoned agricultural land throughout Hong Kong.
Vulnerable and wetlands ecosystems are being senselessly destroyed as I write.
The Lantau plans keep cropping up and this week the AFCD are inviting a select few to hear about their new round of relocation plans for the local cattle and buffalo herds in preparation for the new urban invasion.
We remember what happened when they moved the cattle and we still feel the pain of the 2007 buffalo relocation project that killed 16 of the 17 animals when they tranquilized the gentle beasts and stacked them on top of each other in the back of a truck.
These incidents clearly illustrate the priority of some of our local decision makers.
We must realize that everything is connected. Protecting our remaining natural habitat can prevent future health issues.
When prevention fails, we are left with a mess. With all the popupcleanups this summer, we are developing a new relationship with plastic, including the microplastics in our beauty products. When we learn that fish eat plastic like teenagers eat fast food, perhaps we will take another look at how we can process oil in another form and join the volunteers at Fish for Trash 3.0.
My small contribution to keep some of the stuff out of landfills includes the new Second Chance online marketplace, free for everyone until the end of this month and a benefit for personal members from September.
It might seem like the biggest players have the greatest influence but we all have the option of making many little differences in our own world. They do add up …
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Events in Hong Kong this week
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22 (6:15-7:15pm) Mindfulness for Beginners | IMI – Integrated Medicine Institute
22 (7:30-9:30pm) Meat Free Monday Meetup | Meat Free Hong Kong
24 (12:30-2pm) Finding Balance | Mettā
24 (7-9:30pm) Ayurveda – The Three Constitutions | Pause / SOL Wellness
24-28 Concert in the Dark | Dialogue Experience
26 (6:15-8pm) Deepening Relationships | Culture of Consciousness
26 (7:30pm) Meet the Winemakers | La Cabane Wine Cellar & Bistro
27 (9:45am-2:45pm) Saturday Farming | Growing Smart
27-28 (11am-6pm) Animal Communication Workshop Level 1 | Animal Talk
27 Bayta is Back | La Cabane Wine Cellar & Bistro
28 (10am-6pm) Emergency First Aid and CPR | CranioSacral Therapy HK
28 (2:30-4:30pm) Meatfree Meetup at Pure Veggie House | Meat Free Hong Kong
29 (7:30-9pm) Bilingual Meditation Circle | Karma Consultants
30 (10am-4pm) Play Therapy | All About You Wellness Centre
30 (7:30pm) Osho Meditation | Greenwoods Raw Café
More on the August calendar
Coming up …
Sept 2 > Towards Healthier Aging Populations in Cities | details
Sept 3-4 > Intuition Training Course | details
Sept 7-9 > Get Redressed Secondhand Designer Pop-Up Shop | details
Sept 14 > Veggie Cooking with Lentils & Beans | details
Sept 20 > Stock your Store (Trade Event) | details
Sept 22-23 > Philanthropy for Better Cities | details
Sept 25 > VERY DVRC | details
Oct 23 > MTR Hong Kong Race Walking | details
Nov 20 > Team Canada Beach Clean Up | details
Nov 24-26 > Smart Mobility in Smart City | details
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