Take 5 with... Kelly Ho aka @HERBIVOREHK
WELCOME TO WOMB'S WEEKLY "TAKE 5 WITH..." SERIES. ROUGHLY ONCE A WEEK WE WILL FEATURE A SHORT INTERVIEW WITH A HK-BASED CONSCIOUS PERSONALITY.
THIS WEEK WE PRESENT TO YOU THE FIERCE YOUNG LADY BEHIND @HERBIVORE.HK: KELLY HO!
1. Tell us a bit about yourself, where are you from, where did you study, and why did you choose to be based in Hong Kong (at least for now)?
My name is Kelly, founder of the Instagram page @herbivore.hk - a vegetarian and vegan food guide. I’m born and raised in Hong Kong! I have lived in the States and France before, but I chose to stay in Hong Kong because it is home to me and I have yet to encounter another city that is as amazing as the mighty 852 (okay, maybe New York City…). Currently studying Politics and Media at The University of Hong Kong, wouldn’t say it is a fantastic experience learning there, but I met many of my closest friends and developed/reaffirmed my values there so it has been rather monumental.
2. What's important to you, and how do these values affect your professional choices?
I think the most important thing to me is that I am loving what I do. As long as I thoroughly believe in the work that I am doing, it is good enough. This explains why I have done a lot of freelance and internships for the public sector since it gave me a sense of purpose, especially when I was able to see a physical transformation in the community - hard but VERY satisfying.
3. What are your thoughts on waste and pollution in Hong Kong?
Hong Kong is a tiny city with 7 million people living in it, logically speaking, it is impossible to expect everyone has the same standard and opinion on the local environmental issue. With that said, we can almost be certain that problems of waste and pollution are inevitable, especially with little awareness and Shenzhen, an industrial giant, sharing a border with us. So I supposed the right questions to ask are, what can we do to minimise the environmental impacts stemming from the city’s economic activities? Is the government doing enough to regulate negative externalities? To which I would say it is very much about transforming public awareness and promote environmental education via mainstream media, the government saw these problems, we can surely say that they have been doing things, but are they responsive enough to cope with the rapid development of climate change? Unlikely. Hopefully one day the government will come to realise that climate change is an issue that transcend bureaucracy, especially with all the extreme weather events in recent years.
4. What's your personal battle? How do you make your everyday life greener?
As someone who cares deeply about our community and the environment, my biggest battle is that the PEOPLE from the same community do not care or seem to understand the effects of their way of life and the butterfly effect of this one small action in trade of this one moment of convenience. On my part, I have switched my diet to a vegetarian one and I have been doing most of the textbook things to be more environmentally friendly and reduce my carbon footprint.
5. What’s next for you? What interesting projects are you working on?
Looking at the future, I’m sure I will relocate to another city for a while whether to work or study - but I’m also sure that I will be staying in Hong Kong for good most of my life. As I said, I love and care about this city a lot, one day maybe I will have the opportunity to work at the government as one of the people formulating and perfecting our local policies for Hong Kong people.