Thursday, May 16, 2019

Extinction Rebellion's "Die-in" in Hong Kong

Extinction Rebellion’s HK chapter held a “die-in” in Tsuen Wan. Image credit: South China Morning Post, May 13, 2019

Extinction Rebellion has reached Hong Kong’s shores. 

Anyway, on May 04, 2019, the group inaugurated the HK chapter with a silent “die-in” outside Tsuen Wan's Citywalk mall to simulate the deadly consequences of climate inaction.  

Among their key demands are that the government “tell the truth” by declaring a climate emergency in Hong Kong, the curbing of greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025, and having the convention of citizens’ assemblies set environmental policies to tackle the “climate catastrophe”. 

The group, currently comprising about 40 expats and locals, said they were planning a sustained campaign of peaceful protests and demonstrations across the city. 

Unlike its Western counterparts, the local chapter said it was not contemplating large-scale civil disobedience – learning the lessons of the pro-democracy Occupy movement five years ago, which drew a heavy police response and led to many protestors being arrested. And that it was ultimately unsuccessful. 

“We are here to sound the fire alarm. This is a climate emergency. The government needs to act now”, said founding member Olivier Delalande. 

And as he rightly put it: “Extinction Rebellion is not about what is possible, but what is necessary. These urgent actions are absolutely necessary”. 

I went to the EcoWorld office at Setia Avenue in Setia Alam, Selangor last evening – and if you dont know already, I am a strong supporter of the EcoWorld Toastmasters Club. For their meeting this time around, my task was to evaluate a Pathways Level 2 speech. 

It’s good to know that being able to be there for the club is indeed worthwhile because I know I add value to their meetings. Not only that but I find the whole Toastmasters experience at their club meetings to be satisfying for me personally as well. 

In all honesty, I daresay this is one of the very few vibrant corporate clubs, whether in D102 or even D51. A real gem of a Toastmasters club, if I may add.

Therefore, I salute EcoWorld’s management and staff for giving Toastmasters the priority it deserves and in return, I know Toastmasters have benefitted their members who have diligently invested time and energy to work on their communication and leadership skills.

It is a win-win for everybody really.

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