Hong Kong political party issues
ten demands for Disney to be environmentally friendly
Hong Kong political party, the
Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong
(DAB) has sent an environmental wish-list to Walt Disney Co, demanding
its soon-to-be opened theme park be a model of green awareness,
DAB legislator Choy So-yuk said.
Among the recommendations, the
resort is being urged to recycle its toilet water, turn waste
food into compost for lawn fertilizer and build gardens on its
It is also urged to halt the
sale of shark’s fin soup and other food considered ecologically
unsound — plans that have already landed the resort in hot
water with environmentalists.
The list of 10 demands was drawn
up by the conservative DAB, the party most favored by Beijing.
“If Disney sets a good
environmental example, people going there will not only have a
good time but they will also learn something,” Choy said,
announcing the recommendations.
Among the DAB’s more radical
proposals is that the resort, to be opened in September, reduce
the amount of plastic bags it hands out and that it bans the sale
of wasteful products like disposable cameras and paper tissues.
Disney is at the center of a
global row over its intention to serve shark’s fin soup
at wedding banquets, a luxury delicacy whose popularity in Hong
Kong and China is blamed for a drastic drop in shark populations
Under pressure from green groups,
Disney has vowed to source its shark’s fin from suppliers
who do not inhumanely “fin” sharks — that is,
hack off their fins and then throw the animals back into the sea
to die. It will also hand leaflets to party hosts explaining the
barbarity of shark-fin harvesting.
Choy said adopting her party’s
environmental plan will be good for Disney’s business.”If
they did this they would have less bad publicity like the shark’s
fin row,” Choy said.
A spokeswoman for Disney said
the company will take the DAB proposals on board and follow the
territory’s environmental impact guidelines.