Living Lamma started with a group of residents who were concerned about rubbish and dumping on Lamma Island, Hong Kong.
As others had done before us, we also campaigned for better design of public facilities. Responding to developments – particularly government consultations on plans for the island – we submitted reports to government, hosted visits of government officials and made presentations to Legco, Hong Kong’s parliament.
To those who visit Hong Kong and go no further than the spotless managed areas of the built environment, it may be difficult to imagine that simple requests to clean an area or make something look pretty, could prove to be such a challenge. When Living Lamma’s written submissions did not result in action in the community, we tried direct action through participation in glass recycling and beach clean ups. This part of our story resulted in the discovery of something much bigger than the problems of our little island. Yet, when we now bring school groups to our beaches, which we have tirelessly cleaned for 8 years, we need people to understand that it is the actions of all of us that impact the way we live. If we want rid our island of trash (the tsunami of rubbish that hits our beaches or overloads our waste bins) we need government, business and individuals to play their parts.
This website shares the stories of how we have tried to seek improvement through engagement with the authorities in Hong Kong. It tells the story of our beaches – what we find that comes in on the tide. We hope that through sharing and understanding, we can contribute to keeping Lamma clean and beautiful. We also hope that it will help our friends in government and ordinary residents who are trying to clean up other neighbourhoods around Hong Kong. Our stories are so similar to those we hear elsewhere.