Working Together to Build a Sustainable Environment and Future
In recent years, both the frequency and devastation wrought by natural disasters has increased dramatically, posing an increasingly severe threat to both people and food production. In addition to the rapid decrease in petrochemical resources, the world now finds itself facing both energy and food crises. Against this backdrop environmental issues are no longer matters of theoretical discourse. Instead they detail real actions to be taken in daily life.
In this context, it is the responsibility of elected councillors to not only encourage everyone to save power and reduce carbon emissions, but to monitor local government, thereby ensuring it does everything possible to safeguard public health and the environment.
We are very much concerned about the environmental development of Kaohsiung City and continue to monitor the long-term impact of pollution from the CPC Refinery in Greater Kaohsiung. We also insist that the central government keep its promise to relocate the refinery in 2015 as scheduled.
Following the merger of Kaohsiung City and County at the end of this year, the refinery will be situated at the very centre of the new administrative area of Greater Kaohsiung. This is a situation that urgently needs to be addressed and we urge the competent authorities to consider the long term development needs of Greater Kaohsiung. It is my belief that we need to focus on balanced development -- by which I mean a balance between environmental wellbeing and economic growth at all costs.
We have fought to defend Kaohsiung for many years in the unwavering belief that residents deserve a better quality of life. Despite much frustration and many setbacks along the way, we continue to fight the good fight in the belief that this will ultimately bring the right results.
Much hard work lies ahead to protect our beloved Kaohsiung and ensure a brighter tomorrow for future generations. It is our earnest wish to work together in building a sustainable environment and future for the people of Greater Kaohsiung.