Year-round Festivals Series 33 – International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer – Global warming is hitting Hong Kong in the face!

In the past, global warming was a far-fetched word for the blessed city of Hong Kong. However, after the frontal impact of Hurricane No. 10 in early September and the severe rainstorms of the century that followed, which resulted in severe flooding and landslides in low-lying areas across Hong Kong, turning streets into fast-flowing rivers, and flooding MTR stations, the threat of global warming is something we have to take very seriously.

Hong Kong’s persistent summer storms and rains came in particularly fast and developed rapidly, exceeding the Government’s ability to forecast and causing heavy losses to the Hong Kong economy.

The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is celebrated annually on 16 September, a day set aside by the United Nations to renew our focus on ozone layer protection.

It celebrates the achievements of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, whose timetable is well underway in developed and developing countries. The theme of this year’s Ozone Day is the Montreal Protocol: fixing the ozone layer and reducing climate change.

The main goal of the Montreal Protocol is to protect the ozone layer through efforts to control the total global production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances. The ultimate goal is to phase out the use of these harmful substances through the development of scientific knowledge and information technology. The Protocol calls for the control of the use of nearly 100 chemicals, each of which has a phase-out schedule as well as production and consumption levels.

The protection of the ozone layer is closely related to climate change

The ozone layer exists to protect the Earth from the harmful parts of the sun’s rays.

Protecting the ozone layer will make a huge contribution to climate change for current and future generations.

According to the United Nations, about 3.3 to 3.6 billion people worldwide are living in environments that are severely affected by climate change.

According to the United Nations, some 3.3 to 3.6 billion people worldwide are living in environments that will be severely affected by climate change.

The United Kingdom is on track for a record high temperature of 40 degrees in 2022;
Coffee leaf rust threatens coffee production in Central America;
Frequent ocean heatwaves threaten coral reefs, causing coral bleaching and species displacement;
Extreme weather continues in Europe, where a heatwave has caused mountain fires;
The global average temperature this year has broken a record, reaching 17 degrees;
Eastern Canada has seen twice as many extreme wildfire weather conditions this year as it did before industrialisation;
July was the hottest July on record for the world, and global ocean surface temperatures reached record levels for the fourth consecutive month;
High temperatures combined with humidity can be deadly, with extreme high temperatures exacerbating asthma and breathing difficulties;
Many mosquitoes breed in the heat and humidity…

This grim situation has made global warming a major issue of international concern.

Most countries are now signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and some of them have agreed to drastically reduce their emissions in order to limit the global temperature rise to less than 1.5 degrees.

What can we do individually?


What we learnt about geography in primary and secondary school can still come in handy! When it comes to global warming control, we all think of cutting down on beef.

That’s because beef is at the top of the carbon footprint list.

According to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 2013, the livestock sector emits the equivalent of 710 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, with cattle accounting for up to 65% of the emissions, including beef and dairy cattle. This is followed by lamb, farmed shrimp and chocolate.

However, beef far outstrips other foods in terms of carbon emissions.

The air, the atmosphere, the forests and the sea – our shared assets – no one will blame you if you don’t take care of them. However, the things that are free to enjoy are often the most expensive. In light of all the natural disasters Hong Kong is experiencing in September, how would you choose to make a small contribution in your daily life?

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