To: Hong Kong government 香港政府
Oppose Hong Kong Lantau Tomorrow Vision 反對香港明日大嶼
As a part of the Hong Kong community, we call you, The Hong Kong Legislative Council, to take action and defend our home for the citizens, for the environment, and for the future, by refusing to let the Hong Kong Government force the Lantau Tomorrow Vision (LTV) Feasibility Study through the legislature. The HK Government plans to “solve the housing crisis” by spending ~HK$600 Billion to build a 1,700 hectares island in the middle of the ocean, that’s almost double the size of the Vatican City (1,000 hectares). However, the plan fails to enclose the financial drain, environmental damage, and failure to accomplish the intended goal.
Why is this important?
- The vision suggests that economic growth will be created by its implementation while providing minimal short-term, unsustainable economic growth in Hong Kong.
- In school, we’re taught the importance of sustainable, green development Hong Kong needs to explore a sustainable future where economic growth happens as a part of sustainable development as we are taught within our education.
- Reclamation is no longer a viable solution! It requires a large amount of sand for it to happen. However, as the world has begun running out of sand, sand prices have doubled since the Airport Expansion began, pushing its completion date back further and further. The LTV would need even more sand, so it’s price tag will either increase or it will be stopped halfway through.
2. Destructive to HK’s fragile environment:
- Hong Kong has one of the most biodiverse aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. There are overall 1000 marine fish species and 80 hard coral species. This is more than the Caribbean Sea. However, infrastructure projects (mainly the HKIA Expansion and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge) have caused many species to die. Building the LTV will be the final nail in the coffin.
- Important endangered animals are residing within the area in which the LTV envisions developed. So far, the population of Chinese White Dolphins in HK waters fell from 188 to 32 between 2003 to 2018, 33 Finless Porpoises were found dead in 2018, making up 12% of the total population. If the LTV happens, they will go extinct.
3. Too expensive:
- It would be one of the biggest economical gambles ever made in the world. More realistic plans and policies should be taken to make progressive development such as enacting the "Land Resumption Ordinance" to take back 859 hectares from 3 developers while compensating them fairly, or even redeveloping old and underused buildings.
We, the undersigned, condemn the motion for the LTV's destructive nature on the environment during and after its development.
What we need is a sustainable land solution that will last for generations to come. We, the people, demand that the LTV not be passed and realized for sake of Hong Kong, and future generations.
- 預測 LTV 會帶來香港經濟增長。可惜，它只是一種短暫而不能持久的增長。
- 香港的海岸是世界出名的生物多樣性海洋生態，有超過1000種魚類和80種珊瑚，種類超越加勒比海。可是，多年來的基建已經引致很多海洋物種死亡。LTV 的興建會是宣佈牠們死亡的最後一句。
- 在興建 LTV 的範圍裡，生活了很多臨危物種，例如中華白海豚和江豚。其中中華白海豚的數目由2003年的188條下降至2018年的32條。相信興建 LTV 之後，牠們將會絕種了。