As we explored ways of living more sustainably with communities, we have paid close attention to the environmental movement and the interplay between individual and community practices. PCD has valued interaction and cooperation with members of the environmental protection and philanthropic sectors. Apart from facilitating exchanges on community ecological work, we have also been supporting partners – through documentation, action research and publication – to present how our choices contribute to a global movement towards more equitable and compassionate ways of living. In addition, we are now exploring new programme work in Hong Kong as the rapidly changing environmental and societal contexts have given rise to social and ecological issues in the city. It is our pleasure to share our initial explorations in this Annual Report.
The way we understand a problem affects the way we respond. PCD chooses a sustainable living perspective as a lens through which to view today’s ecological and social crises: this reinforces our faith in a path for social change where everyone has a part to play. We believe each and every individual has the innate ability to reconnect with nature, and that the ensuing personal awakening and transformation sustains the motivation to act on what one believes in, and to connect with others in society to effect positive change.
Both the science of Ecology and the Buddhist concept of “Interbeing” recognise that nothing exists in isolation, but only in relation to everything else. Without these connections, a system fails and its parts cease to function. The human pursuit of individual freedom and comfort must therefore be balanced by the nurturing of networks of mutual reliance, that include all of Nature. I am delighted to introduce this year’s Annual Report for PCD with a focus on developing and sustaining networks for sustainable living. These networks contextualise all our work and exist at all levels: linking individuals, communities and nations. Needless to say, our work is only possible through the support of our invaluable partners – in communities and organisations and at local and national government levels – so it is to them that I offer our deep gratitude and enthusiasm for the furtherance of our relationships.
Chairperson, Management Committee of PCD