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Chp 43, Earth Day – Forty years champion for the environment

Earth Day

The Earth Day on 22 April was founded by US Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, and is celebrated in many countries as the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. Hong Kong’s first involvement in the Earth Day was when CA was invited to be coordinator of the 1990 Earth Day. The main event was a rally through Tsim Sha Tsui and a carnival at Kowloon Park, organized with the help of the Hong Kong Environment Centre, World Wildlife Fund, Friends of the Earth, Green Power, Methodist Centre, and Zonta (Eastern). A seminar on environmental protection in the 90s was also organised.

The Earth Day then became the occasion for Hong Kong green groups to deliver environmental campaign messages, e.g. in 1992 CA used it to launch its delegation to the Earth Summit in Brazil. The green groups’ messages might differ but in 1993 they joined together in a Earth Day Declaration “Creating a Sustainable Future” 地球日宣言: 創建香港的持續未來, and announced the formation of the Green Groups United Front 綠色團體聯合陣線. The Declaration was an 11-point statement covering sustainable development strategy, institutional structure, air and transport policy, land management, water, energy efficiency, waste management, conservation, public consultation and education. It was mainly of an agenda setting nature directing attention to the then forthcoming review of the White Paper on Pollution.

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