Your Voice: Netflix’s Don’t Look Up is value a glance up; Hong Kong should rethink Covid-19 hamster cull (lengthy letters) – YP

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With the Lunar New Yr vacation approaching, why not take a break and search for out of your research to look at the movie Don’t Look Up?

On this Netflix fan favorite, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence star as Randall Mindy and Kate Dibiasky, two astronomers who uncover a comet hurtling in direction of Earth. Nonetheless, regardless of their repeated warnings concerning the planet-killing comet, nobody – together with the media and even the president of the USA (performed by Meryl Streep) – takes them severely.

The movie takes photographs at everybody in society, from the rich and highly effective looking for to revenue from the comet, to most of the people expressing indifference and distracting themselves with social media till the comet lastly seems within the sky.

Leonardo DiCaprio performs Dr Randall Mindy, with Jennifer Lawrence as Kate Dibiasky. Photograph: Netflix

Self-absorbed present hosts performed by Cate Blanchett and Tyler Perry focus solely on completely satisfied, feel-good information, with Blanchett’s character fawning over Randall Mindy who rises to fame because the world’s go-to scientist.

Jonah Hill’s character embodies nepotism because the president’s son and chief of employees, who mocks the scientists and sides along with his mom’s “sit tight and assess” stance.

In a nod to in the present day’s tech billionaires, Mark Rylance performs a rich entrepreneur who hopes to mine the comet for its useful mineral deposits as a substitute of destroying it to avoid wasting humanity.

Even Ariana Grande will get in on the act, parodying herself by taking part in the world’s largest pop star.

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I extremely suggest this thought-provoking movie. Its preliminary enchantment as an action-packed, satirical catastrophe story provides option to a extra critical message about local weather change.

At first look, Don’t Look Up’s life-threatening comet is clearly a metaphor for the local weather disaster, and the movie has the intention of motivating folks to take significant motion. But it surely additionally challenges us to contemplate different complicated points going through the world in the present day: our attitudes in direction of the present pandemic, the position of the press in society, our obsession with celebrities, and social media’s affect on our well-being.

As faculty closures in Hong Kong have made face-to-face interactions more and more uncommon, social media has taken up much more of our time. Nonetheless, our era has the duty to query what’s introduced on social media and within the press to verify we foster our sense of humanity when introduced with difficult points.

That’s the message that resonates with me as DiCaprio’s character asks within the movie, “What have we completed to ourselves?” Possibly it’s time for us to look away from our screens and deal with our household and mates to rebuild the connections that make us really feel part of a neighborhood. These relationships are what’s going to spur us to have interaction and sort out tough issues after they come.

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The town’s hamsters deserve higher

King Kwok Tsz-hong, STFA Leung Kau Kui Faculty

As an animal lover, I’m bitterly upset by the Hong Kong authorities’s actions in opposition to the town’s hamsters, although I’m impressed by the people who find themselves making an attempt to avoid wasting these deserted pets.

Initially of this yr, the fifth wave of Covid-19 started with instances in Tuen Mun earlier than spreading like wildfire in Hong Kong. Just lately, a feminine pet store clerk in Causeway Bay was contaminated with the Delta variant of the coronavirus. When the federal government examined the animals in that pet retailer, the virus was detected in a number of hamsters, sparking suspicions of potential animal-to-human transmission of Covid-19.

Whether or not the clerk was contaminated by the animals has but to be confirmed. But, the federal government nonetheless selected to kill the hamsters with out conclusive proof that they had been inflicting an outbreak. About 2,000 hamsters had been set to be euthanised no matter in the event that they examined optimistic for Covid-19.

An officer from the Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Division stands in a pet store in Hong Kong. Photograph: EPA-EFE

I disagree with this motion taken by the federal government. Most pet house owners know that their animals’ lives are simply as vital as their very own, however Hong Kong officers overlook that they’re murdering many lives that shouldn’t be valued lower than people. They fail to recognise that their actions are heartless and merciless.

As a substitute of killing them off with out mercy, these pets might have been quarantined and remoted the best way that people contaminated with Covid-19 are. However authorities insisted on buying and selling 2,000 lives for the sake of “public well being”. Why would the federal government do this type of factor to harmless hamsters who’re dwelling beings identical to us?

I additionally felt upset by how a few of the metropolis’s hamster house owners have begun heeding the federal government’s name to give up their pets for an enormous cull. Not solely had been they dropping off their pets at authorities amenities, however some house owners additionally deserted their pets on the road.

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So many lives shall be misplaced. I really feel unsettled about what hamster house owners are doing to their pets, and I really feel sorry for these euthanised animals.

A pet needs to be an proprietor’s buddy, but due to the federal government’s choices, so many individuals have willingly given up their companions. Nonetheless, in the event that they already had the mindset of forsaking their pets, maybe they didn’t deal with their pets nicely within the first place.

I hope extra folks in Hong Kong can concentrate to what’s taking place and concentrate on the significance of animal rights.

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