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.
Over 900 two and four legged beings on the Dragon’s Back #hiking trails today for #saveourcountryparks #hongkong pic.twitter.com/m6UU6BKRs2
— HKHiking_Meetup (@HKHiking_Meetup) December 13, 2015
#saveourcountryparks Critical in Hong Kong to resist destroying public resources for private greedy. pic.twitter.com/ZigZrLCcip
— Hamish Low (@EROXION) December 13, 2015
#SaveOurCountryParks @ #TaiTam #CountryPark #HongKong #保衞郊野公園 #香港 #大潭 #郊野公園 pic.twitter.com/59cQzwHWC5
— P H Yang Photography (@TravelFoto) December 13, 2015
#saveourcountryparks #theharbourschool pic.twitter.com/IAZhb0OjKD
— Jason Wong (@Jdubyahk) December 13, 2015
Another beautiful Sunday in a Hong Kong Country Park. Some people think we should develop some of the designated park…
Posted by Angela Spaxman on Sunday, 13 December 2015
#saveourcountryparks leave our country parks alone CY and HYK!!!!
Posted by Kaz O’Carroll on Saturday, 12 December 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.
In response, Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po stated once again that he will not consider developing the land in country parks during his term in office.
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.