Quote of the day

August 3rd, 2015 atam Posted in Quote of the day No Comments »

“The Leisure and Cultural Services Department has no culture.”

Michael Lynch
Departing CE of West Kowloon Cultural District


Quote of the day

March 6th, 2014 atam Posted in Quote of the day No Comments »

“The price of property in city centres is making it impossible, particularly in the big cities, for any kind of social mix to take place. It’s castrating the whole notion of city life.”

Joseph Rykwert


Quote of the day

January 6th, 2014 atam Posted in Quote of the day No Comments »

“There is no theoretical reason why the economy has to keep growing.”

Richard Norgaard, UC Berkeley economist

Read more about limits to growth here.


Quote of the day

November 26th, 2013 atam Posted in Quote of the day No Comments »

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

– Blaise Pascal


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June 24th, 2012 atam Posted in Quote of the day No Comments »

“Practically speaking, at the individual and the national level, we have to question what we mean by growth. The ability to produce more and more consumer goods (not to mention financial products) is in itself an entirely mechanical measure of wealth… By the hectic inflation of demand it creates personal anxiety and rivalry. By systematically depleting the resources of the planet, it systematically destroys the basis for long-term wellbeing. In a nutshell, it is investing in the wrong things.”

Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury


Quote of the Day

April 30th, 2012 atam Posted in Quote of the day No Comments »

“I have been asked what would I ban immediately if I could. Advertising.”

Vivienne Westwood


Quote of the day

March 10th, 2012 atam Posted in Quote of the day No Comments »

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

– Upton Sinclair


Quote of the day

February 21st, 2012 atam Posted in Climate change, Earth, Quote of the day No Comments »

“In my mind I see a group of chickens in a cage disputing over a few seeds of grain, unaware that in a few hours they will all be killed.”

–  Thich Nhat Hahn

The Zen master may spend much of his time leading retreats, but is highly aware of  what’s going on around him, including something like REDD+, UN’s idea of saving the forests by monetising them.  The quote neatly summaries my feelings every time I read about countries fighting to lay claims to the North Pole because of the oil lying underneath it, or Asian countries bickering over territorial waters, and so on and so on.

Sunshine Oilsands is seeking an IPO in Hong Kong.  It takes more energy and water and lots of pollution to extract a drop of oil from oil sands; they call it a process that turns gold into lead, but it’s apparently good business.  Somehow nobody clicks that there’s something fundamentally incompatible between the continuing pursuit of oil and efforts to tackle climate change.

 


Quote of the day

September 29th, 2011 atam Posted in Quote of the day No Comments »

“A third runway is the last thing Hong Kong needs. It needs better controllers. Look at any of the top 30 airports. Many have only two runways and manage to land/takeoff more aircraft.”

Dragonair pilot after a rash of near misses on Sep 18


Quote of the day

August 21st, 2011 atam Posted in Quote of the day No Comments »

“It is tragic that the only current population policies in developed countries are, perversely, attempting to increase their birth rates in order to look after the growing number of old people. The notion of ever more old people needing ever more young people, who will in turn grow old and need even more young people, and so on ad infinitum, is an obvious ecological Ponzi scheme.”

David Attenborough