OCEAN LAP SAP
I AM MOST well-known for the roles I have played on television in Hong Kong for the last 20 years. Few people, however, know that I am also passionate about the ocean.
I got my PADI Open Water Diver certification in 2012, and became a PADI rescue diver in 2014. I can still recall my first dive, the profound peace, and my fascination at the weightlessness; it was like dancing in outer space. That first course revealed to me the “divers’ spirit”, and helped me to develop a deep-rooted attitude of appreciation for our oceans.
The marine “lap sap” (ocean debris) problem in Hong Kong and Asia has recently gained a lot of attention from the media, although there still doesn’t seem to be a solution to this desperate problem. Yet, on the bright side, the public is concerned and aware about the scale of the issue, and a growing number of beach and underwater clean-ups have been organised by private groups, and the government, to help remove some of the trash.
Another threat to marine life comes in the form of ghost nets. These are fishing nets that have been dumped and lost in the ocean by fishermen. These nets, often nearly invisible against the seabed, can become entangled on a rocky reef, or can end up drifting in the open sea. They ensnare fish, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, seabirds, crabs, and other creatures; even, in some cases, human divers. As they were designed to do, the nets restrict movement, trapping their victims and killing them through either starvation, laceration and infection, or suffocation in those that need to return to the surface to breathe.
As an artist and public figure, I intend to draw the Hong Kong public’s attention to the “Ocean Lap Sap” problems, creating a TV programme to air on a local TV station. I want to use the mass media to spread awareness of this issue, and cooperate with the scientists and other professionals that are trying to take action.
You don’t need to be a well-known figure to get involved in positive change; everyone can help raise awareness about taking better care of our environment. We can all contribute to creating a better future for the next generation.