Celebrities show support at environmental short film premiere

Local | 14 Sep 2018 3:58 pm

Local celebrities gathered on Wednesday at the premiere of an environmental short film which highlights Hong Kong's shocking single-use plastics problem.

The 18-minute documentary film, "Start Small, Start Now" shows footage including the government cleaning public beaches 14 times a day and plastics piling up at the Cape D'Aguilar Marine Reserve despite the clean-up. It also offers simple solutions on how to reduce plastic waste.

Emily Lam Ho, co-founder of EcoDrive, said the film shows how to use personal strength to make a real difference for the environment and that it can play a role in encouraging the public. "Through the film, we hope to inspire the public, reflect on personal consumption patterns to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics."

Actor Donnie Yen Ji-dan, who appeared at the premiere with his wife Cissy Wang, said: "My wife is very concerned about environmental protection. When I go out to film, she will prepare me tableware. We also appeal to film crews to abandon plastic tableware. I also try not to use plastic straws and reduce the damage caused to nature and the environment."

Cantopop star Andy Hui Chi-on revealed that he was invited to the premiere by Emily and wanted to understand more about environmental protection.

"I have seen a lot of plastic bottles and garbage at sea when I was wake boarding before. It is very unhealthy, affects the next generation and the future world seriously, and we must deal with it so everyone can have a good quality of life. Now, when I go to exercise, I bring my own bottle. The next step is to cultivate the habit of bringing lunch boxes and tableware, so I can contribute to environmental protection," he said.

Singer Coco Lee revealed that she has stopped using single-use plastics while actress Cecilia So also appealed for support urging people to bring their own bottles of water and tableware.

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