Lance Lau, one of Hong Kong’s youngest environmentalist at age 11, has been working since September 2019 to raise awareness about rising sea-levels and animal extinction.
He is passionate about the planet and hopes to inspire people to start take drastic climate actions now.
Lance has conducted talks at school and spoken at climate strikes and sustainability conferences such as the New World Sustainability Conference 2019, the tedX Countdown 2020, and the HSBC Green Month in June. He initiated green campaigns both at his school and in his local community.
Lance practices what he preaches.
“I joined my first Lantau beach clean-up with Eco Marine early last year and I got talking to the founder Keilem Ng. She invited me to co-host a clean-up with Eco Marine,” since then, Lance has been conducting monthly cleanup in his neighbourhood mangrove.
“The government provides bags and gloves, and picks up the collected garbage afterwards because it exceeds 100 kilograms many times.”
Lance has been applauded by Gavin Coates, a well known author of bestselling children’s books as well an environmental campaigner.
“He is not waiting around to see what’s going to happen. He is taking action now, teaching our older, but none-the-wiser, generation how we should be taking responsibility. When I think of how gormless I was at his age, my admiration ratchets up even further,” Coates says.
Lance’s positive, consistent message is making him a strong advocate for environmentalism beyond Hong Kong’s borders and an inspiration for his generation.
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