Social media saw an outpouring of affection for Hong Kong’s country parks Sunday as the city celebrated its first Country Parks Appreciation Day and shared photos with the hashtag #SaveOurCountryParks.
Over 30 environmental groups came together to form the “Save Our Country Parks” alliance, including Designing Hong Kong, Green Sense and WWF. The groups called upon citizens to visit, and celebrate, Hong Kong’s 18 country parks on December 13.
— HKHiking_Meetup (@HKHiking_Meetup) December 13, 2015
— Hamish Low (@EROXION) December 13, 2015
— P H Yang Photography (@TravelFoto) December 13, 2015
— Jason Wong (@Jdubyahk) December 13, 2015
Their call came after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said in November that parts of country parks should be built upon to provide housing for young people. The relationship between country parks and land for housing was like that of a “fish and bear’s paw”, he said, and one cannot have it all.
The “Save Our Country Parks” alliance organises activities “to raise public awareness about the importance of maintaining a balance between development and environmental conservation.” They also support proposals which recognise the value of the country parks and promote sustainable development.