Instead of environmental enlightenment, swathes of society have lurched towards anti-science; yet this planet is our life support system.

While it’s all too easy to turn on a tap and take the flow of water for granted, Hong Kong’s water supply system has been vital to its development as a “world city”.

It is only unforeseen events like the industrial revolution and the “green revolution” that helped feed many more people and stave off catastrophe.

Although much has since been said and written about the need for China to reverse its environmental decline, recent years have abounded with news reports telling of the nation’s earth lurching from bad to terrible.

Can Hong Kong find no better way of dealing with waste than shipping it to a beautiful coastal area and setting fire to it?