“That really frustrates me,” he added.
Lin said someone once told him that his campaign could hinder some people’s plans to make easy money.
“Large-scale events create garbarge that needs to be cleaned up, and the clean-up work creates a chance for others to make money,” the person told him.
“No wonder some local government heads refused to meet you,” Lin quoted the person as saying to him at the time.
Several years ago, Lin wrote a letter to the then-Taipei County Government warning it of the environmental damage sky lanterns could bring.
However, to Lin’s astonishment, the county government replied by saying: “The sky lanterns will decompose naturally with time.”
“Is polluting the environment an absolutely unavoidable consequence of such events? Aren’t there many eco-friendly alternatives to [fireworks and sky lanterns]? Why not put the money to better use, such as providing denture subsidies to the elderly?” Lin asked.
“I don’t know how long I have left to live, but I will continue to stand up for my beliefs for as long as I can walk,” he said.
Additional Reporting by Wang Han-ping