Hong Kong’s climate change is getting worse every year. The most important thing that we feel in our daily life is temperature change. What is temperature change? It means the temperature keeps going up and getting warmer every year and is mostly caused by greenhouse gas. This problem will not only affect the city of Hong Kong but the entire world. Hong Kong is known as an international city that uses a lot of energy every day, which may be affecting our environment. Most people in Hong Kong will say temperature change will not affect their daily lives because they have an air conditioner, a car, or some other new technology allowing them to stay in their comfort zone. However, is anyone thinking about how the air conditioner, the car or the latest technology is polluting Hong Kong? For this problem, we have to talk about what kinds of gases are released from appliances we use and what kinds of energy are used to drive those things. Most of the time, we will use electricity and gasoline in order to operate electric appliances and vehicles. Those kinds of energies will release a lot of greenhouse gases to the air and makes the air become warmer. Also, most of the time, people will use coal in order to produce electricity, and it is costing the environment.
This is the graph that showed the temperature change from 1885 – 2015 in Hong Kong
As time goes on, most people are beginning to realize how temperature change is affecting their environment and their lives. Therefore, Hong Kong is trying to use more renewable energy such as natural gas in order to produce electricity instead of using fossil fuels. If people stop using fossil fuels, it will be an effective way to prevent the temperature from becoming worse and will reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases. People should be facing the problem together not trying to ignore it. If everyone takes one small step, the city will become better. For example, people should walk and take public transportation, turn off electric appliances when not in use, and use the air conditioner when the temperature is really high.
As I said before, Hong Kong is an international city that really cares about international responsibilities. In Hong Kong, the government often encourages citizens with messages on television to reduce their carbon emissions and often promote the practice. Also, studies have shown the temperature change in Hong Kong is a very serious issue. The graph above from Hong Kong Observatory is showing temperature levels from 1885 to 2015. We can see that the temperature levels are getting worse every year. There have no evidence that temperatures will drop in the future if people don’t change their lifestyle. Therefore, people should try to get out of the comfort zone in order to protect the environment. People should not only think about themselves, they should think about the next generations too. Therefore, I hope people can deeply think about the issue we have in Hong Kong.