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Green advocates 'need to sell health benefits'

2016-04-26 HKT 17:24
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  • Emily Chan (centre) said mitigating climate change is too abstract a concept to get people to change their behaviour. Photo: RTHK
    Emily Chan (centre) said mitigating climate change is too abstract a concept to get people to change their behaviour. Photo: RTHK
Emily Chan
Chinese University researchers say efforts to reduce the public's carbon footprint would be more effective if the health benefits of doing so were also highlighted.

A survey by the Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response showed less than half of the respondents had even considered "carbon reducing behaviour", like eating less meat.

The researchers pointed out that not only would this reduce the amount of greenhouse gas produced by livestock, it would also reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.

The director of the centre, Professor Emily Chan, said both the government and civil organisations can benefit from adopting a double-pronged approach to highlight both the environmental and health benefits of ‘green’ practices.