Different from the bustling place with high-rise buildings in the other side of Hong Kong, Lamma Island has beautiful natural scenery and rich local cultural features in traditional fishing village style, which complements the bustling side of Hong Kong, making Hong Kong not just a shining gem, but with a unique charm of blending nature and city.
Lamma Island is rich in animal and plant species, about two-thirds of the plant and animal species in Hong Kong can be found on her, including Romer’s Tree Frog, an endangered frog native to Hong Kong. Sham Wan on Lamma Island is the only place in Hong Kong where the globally endangered Green Turtles nest and lay their eggs.
Becoming a popular tourism spot, the flow of people in Lamma Island has increased, and the problem of garbage disposal has become increasingly serious. Along with improper disposal of garbage and stranded marine debris on coastlines, this beautiful coastal scenery is getting polluted. To prevent this situation from deteriorating, a group of fighter who loves Lamma Island formed “Living Lamma” to protect this beautiful place.
“Living Lamma” is a registered non-profit green group founded in 2009. They have joined forces with Lamma residents, companies, schools and other parties, and conducted over hundreds of beach clean-ups, along with building knowledge base of local wildlife by biodiversity survey in order to educate the public.
It is not difficult to see their enthusiasm for protecting the beautiful scenery of Lamma Island from their social media - running around the island several times a week/month to clean up every corners, as well as create a statistic reference by quantifying the garbage they collected. As soon as someone in the team withdraws from their busy life, no matter how many people there are, he/she/they go out and cleanup, as if the clean-up action is one part of their daily life. Besides the clean-up actions, chairman of Living Lamma, Stanley Chan has photographed more than 400 species of insects and 350 species of moths on Lamma Island over years and published “The Insect In Lamma Island” and “The Moth in Lamma Island”, let people know more about the rich and diverse insect ecology of Lamma Island as well as the importance of protecting the natural ecology.
Hong Kong’s nature is incredibly fascinating and it does need us to conserve her natural beauty. “Living Lamma” simply shows us how they express their love for their home with heartfelt enthusiasm in the simplest and down-to-earth way. Any time is the best time to show you love, save our home planet together!