Anybody who has been to Hong Kong recently would have noticed it is suffering from the dreaded el gordo effect. The condition is terminal.
“What is the el gordo effect?” you ask. Let me digress a bit in order to explain.
Arguments have been raging for some years now as to whether the planet is faced with the horrible prospect of world-wide climate change or not. I believe it is, but that’s not the argument I’m presenting here. I don’t have any problem with people arguing that climate change is just a big beat up, but I do disagree with the blinkered argument they thrust upon us. The disappointing argument they continually push is that in the case of Australia, as we only contribute 1.34% of the planet’s carbon dioxide emissions it is hardly worth the while for us to initiate any action about climate change. We’re too small. Too insignificant.
So then is Hong Kong, who only contribute 0.13%. In carbon dioxide emissions per capita we leave them in our wake, scoring 18.3 metric tonnes to their 5.5.
Hong Kong thus sounds like a squeaky clean place. But it is not. Again I must digress.
A further disappointing argument from the opponents of climate change is that they see no problem with polluting the country, again based on the argument that we are too miniscule to cause any damage to our environment. It’s quite OK to pollute the waterways, the soil and the air because, after all, we are so insignificant. Goodness, we only contribute 1.34% towards the planet’s carbon dioxide emissions so who really cares what we do? With any luck we’ll slip by unnoticed.
Hong Kong is a shocking example of where unrestricted pollution can choke a city despite being a minnow, like Australia, in the emission charts. Subsequently, it has fallen victim to the dreaded el gordo effect.
I now return to the question, ‘what is the el gordo effect?’
The el gordo effect is the result of:
sterilising a country because it’s OK to ignore climate change as it doesn’t matter to us so we can continue to trash ourselves.
So then, what has the el gordo effect had on Hong Kong? Simply, it is ecologically dead. It is a sterile lump of dirt where nothing can live in its natural state. There are no flies, spiders, insects or even ants. It is too sterile for them to survive. You won’t see any birds. It is too polluted for them. If you don’t like bird shit or spiders then you’ll love Hong Kong, unlike the thousands of people who walk the streets wearing face masks as the air is too putrid for them to breathe.
A bit like the Sydney of the future, really.
Is the el gordo effect coming to a city near you?