I was in Hong Kong for work for a week.
The hotel I stayed at was nearby and I had to pass by this place every time I reported to the office. Usually, I just briskly walked past, but on the only Saturday I was there, I stopped by to take a look at the cartoon-like murals, the plants, and the various diagrams that looked like they were explaining some government project.
The place is called “Central Oasis”. Its main purpose was to make Hong Kong citizens (and visitors like me) aware of the administration’s activities related to conservation and sustainability. Through cute little models and detailed diagrams, the set-up explained the processes involved in transporting fresh water: from being desalinated via bride networks and purified from industrial waste, to it being delivered, filtrated, to farmlands. The complex system of ports were also explained in detail.
The global network of shipping and transport was laid out and diagrams pointed out how important it was to keep operations efficient. Connected to this, the condition of rivers, lakes, and estuaries was pointed out. There was one layout where it was asked whether global warming was behind sedimentation, which causes floods and decreases available space for shipping vessels. Interestingly, there were a few boards that explained how global warming affected an average person’s (from Hong Kong and Shenzhen) day-to-day efficiency.
All in all, “Central Oasis” was very thought-provoking. It opened important arguments that every serious industrial city should consider in keeping itself responsible and sustainable.
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