Tiānyuè Against the Risks of a Linear Economy

Energy and Environmental Engineering
Faith Mendoza Paloma Grijalva Johannah Urbina

Jackie Nichols

This project is a great example of how a city can transition from a linear economy to a circular economy for the greater good. Hong Kong (Tiānyuè) is currently operating off a linear economy, thus producing a massive amount of waste. In 2019, Hong Kong produced 5.67 million tons of waste and only 29% of it was recycled. Excessive pressure on the degrading ecosystems risks the longevity of essential services such as: clean water, pure air, and nutrient-rich soil. The world as we know it operates on a linear economy, which Hong Kong is not exempt to. Humanity has a 95% probability of being extinct in 7,800,000 years, and the process is being sped up by pollution making the world uninhabitable.

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One thought on “Tiānyuè Against the Risks of a Linear Economy

  1. Great job of collecting data and using it. Excellent summary of statistics. I really liked your survey of people’s habits of recycling. Has this project affected your personal recycling habits? Illustrations were very helpful. I hope you return next year with another fine project.

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