Voice for Change: Christine Loh
A fighter for environmental protection, Loh talks to us about the government's efforts and her optimistic vision of the future
After more than a decade of promises, the government has yet to banish the blankets of smog that frequently smother our city, estimated to cause 3,000 premature deaths a year. But Christine Loh, Under Secretary for the Environment, is an optimist and says she will be building on past successes, not failures. "There have been important positive milestones in the past 15 years, so it is untrue to say the government has failed to reduce pollution. Notable examples include water quality improvement in Victoria Harbour; the taxi diesel-to-LPG switch; and the regional air monitoring network and emissions reduction pact with Guangdong. We're looking for the right formula for Hong Kong's unique circumstances. It's like making a salad. There are many different ways to dress it, so you must know what you need to end up with to get the job done."