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Switch Off Plea

SCMP | Updated on Oct 22, 2008

Light pollution is becoming an increasingly serious problem in Hong Kong.

In the city it is difficult to see the night sky clearly, because of the powerful neon lights and even lights in flats. We keep talking about reducing air and waste pollution, but seldom focus on light pollution.

I do not think passing laws will help. What the government should be doing is trying to make the public more aware of the problem. Lights that are not needed should be switched off. We all must learn to reduce our use of lighting. It is really a matter of changing people’s habits.

Yeung Shuk-wai, Kwai Chung

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