我們把空氣送給城市人

在新界東北的郊區居民將會被大規模的深港融合發展面臨迫遷,要離開伴隨他們的家園,田園和清新的空氣環境,他們有農夫,園藝愛好者,保育導賞員,以及世世代代以此為家的居民。他們把那裡的清新空氣和植物送給受高空氣汚染指數影響地區的香港人,希望把那兒的田園氣息和關愛大自然的心念帶到城市中,也提醒植物是淨化空氣的關鍵條件之一。而城市人會把親手製作一個晴天公仔送給他們,祝福他們的植物和未來的前景。

如果發展的目光只是去建造更多大型城市,把綠色地帶上的文化和生活趕走,這樣的發展只會解決一些次等的問題,比喻生活更舒適,更有效率的消費,更容易規管的生活,但背後我們其實是透支未來子孫所需要的資源,留給他們是沒法更治的環境破壞。因此心靈發展是更重要,這是要透過人類學習互相關懷,互相祝福才能成就。

Suburbanites from the North East New Territories are comprised of farmers, gardening enthusiasts, conservation docents and people who have live there as their ancestors had for generations. They are blessed with homes, fields and fresh air. In the project We Gift the Urbanites with Fresh Breeze, suburbanites gave their fresh air-grown plants to Hong Kongers living in areas affected by serious air pollution. Through this gesture, their hope is to share with the urbanites the idyllic atmosphere of their environment and their love for nature, and to remind them that plants are critical to air purification. The urbanites, in return, created a ‘sunny doll’ – a tradition adopted from rural Japan in which a handmade doll is hung in the window of one’s home representing a wish for sunshine and a blessing for the peoples of the countryside for the continued health of their plants and their future.

If development merely means building more big cities and converting green belt areas into urban ones, destroying suburbanite life and culture, such development can only bring temporary solutions in the form of a seemingly more comfortable life, more efficient consumption and easier planning. However, we are, indeed, over-drafting for resources that should be for future generations, leaving instead environmental damage that is irreversible. Spiritual development, therefore, is more important. It is achieved through learning to care for and bless each other.

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