Local mothers are urging the community to think about the environment when taking part in Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations.
The community is throwing its support behind a campaign by environmental charity Plastic Free Seas to not buy glowsticks and plastic lanterns.
Wanda Leschinsky is one mum who posted on DB Mums pledging to make a stand to reduce the impact on the environment of the festival.
“I would like to make a stand (and my family doesn’t know this yet – I hope they choose to support me) but I will enjoy the Mid Autumn Festival on Sunday evening at the beach without buying/bringing down glowsticks,” she said.
“This post may attract a lot of criticism or options, I do not judge or mind what everyone chooses to do. I hope that no one sees this as ruining the fun either, because we plan on having lots of fun too.
“I would like to support Plastic Free Seas and our environment by not contributing to the glow sticks used for a couple of hours with much longer term environmental effects.”
Another mother contacted Around DB and Life on Lantau urging parents to consider environmentally-friendly hand-made lanterns for the children.
Plastic Free Seas has posted on their blog about the changes to the traditions of the festival, with glowsticks now a must-have.
“What was once a celebration to give thanks for a good Autumn Harvest, now seems to be a night for waste & excess.
Very low quality lanterns, candles and glow in the dark toys are readily available in supermarkets and convenience stores, nothing but plastic, crepe paper and cheap batteries. All designed for one night’s use and then to be thrown away in a landfill.
The morning after the celebrations the beach is always covered with hundreds of glowsticks. Many are already floating off in the sea. Some are buried in the sand and a huge number are dumped in bins. Not recyclable or reusable, fun for the kids for the few hours they last but at what long term cost?”
The full post can be read here:
Plastic Free Seas director of operations Dana Winograd urged families to join in the child-friendly beach clean-up on Tai Pak Beach after the Mid-Autumn Festival on Monday morning from 8am to 10am.
Plastic Free Seas is also holding its monthly clean-up on Nim Shue Wan on Saturday, September 26 from 1pm to 4pm. All rubbish collected at the clean-up will be recorded for research and monitoring purposes.
Further details at: http://www.plasticfreeseas.org/
Photograph courtesy of Plastic Free Seas