Take 5 with... Marcy Trent Long from Sustainable Asia
WELCOME TO WOMB'S WEEKLY "TAKE 5 WITH..." SERIES. ONCE A WEEK WE FEATURE A SHORT INTERVIEW WITH A HK-BASED CONSCIOUS PERSONALITY.
This week - we present Marcy Trent Long from Sustainable Asia - whose voice and true talk you can hear on TRASH TALK and EIGHT MILLION podcast!
1. Tell us a bit about yourself, where are you from, and what brought you to Hong Kong?
I came from the US with my husband to Hong Kong on a job assignment financing large infrastructure projects.
We stayed for 20 years, had four kids (including two girls adopted from China).
2. What are the things that are important to you on a personal level and how do those influence your professional activity?
Intellectual curiosity and protecting the planet for future generations. We sent a man to the moon before we investigated the depths of the ocean. Learning more about our planet and educating the next generation is the best hope for protecting it.
3. Tell us a little bit more about your podcasts - what are your goals for them and what sort of audience you wish to reach?
The goal of TRASH TALK is to provide a 10 minute feature on how to sustainably dispose of our waste in Hong Kong. Learning about WHY we should do it is as important as HOW we do it! Sustainable Asia also does more indepth podcasts like EIGHT MILLION on China and ocean plastic.
4. If you were to identify one single lesson for your listeners to take away from the podcasts, what would it be?
That each country or region needs to resolve their environmental issues in a way that matches their governance and culture. There may be rogue or uneducated individuals that don't respect the environment, but I like to think the majority of their people want to protect the planet for future generations. If we approach resolving environmental damage from that perspective, then collaboration for the sake of the planet will move forward.
5. Do you have any personal heroes? Who are they?
Isabel Hilton of chinadialogue. She spent the last 20 years trying to create a dialogue between China and the outside world on environmental issues.
Nick Burns in Hong Kong. He is in his 70's and still sailing in world competitions like he is 20 years old!