Hong KongHong Kong
November 19, 2012
I am highly skeptical of the whole concept of CSR because I have worked for some companies that implement it, and concluded perhaps the reason for attention paid to the environment is purely to increase revenue. As i will explain below, social issues, mostly related to consumerism and the real estate domination crowd out human rights and environmental issues and therefore should be tackled first.
Born in hk, i have recently returned (for five years) after pursuing my studies in the us. Right now I am looking for something beyond the "no meat" days, "beach cleanup" days, "no aircon" days , etc.
The author of "real estate hegemony" inspired me by verbalizing what i have suspected for some time. It is my belief that all of Hong Kong's ills originate from overconsumption and the real estate hegemony. If these are not tackled directly, they will only grow more, crowding out pressing issues such as "ping-fung" high rises, wetland presevations, deteriorating air quality, etc. I am also inspired by local activist Pong Yat Ming, who tries to live a self subsisting lifestyle in harmony with the environment. I am concerned however that his actions are perceived as antisocial and extreme by enemies, and impractical/idealistic without a community supporting it by friends. Marketing and actually living a viable alternative lifestyle, providing living quarters and community is the only thing I see that can stop the juggernaut of consumerism and unchecked mall construction.
I am very keen on establishing a community, with people living together, living the sustainable lifestyle, as a living testimony to others (pretty much everyone in Hong Kong) who do not see an alternative to the mall-centered lifestyle.