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Earth Hour 2019 – Change the Way We Live

12 Mar


Hong Kong is proud to once again be part of the world’s largest environmental movement.

The theme for Earth Hour 2019 is “Change the Way We Live”.

By symbolically switching off the lights at 8:30p.m on 30 March 2019, we focus our efforts on preserving the earth’s biodiversity – and closer to home – safeguarding Hong Kong’s remaining ecologically important areas and species from development pressures.

Whether it’s coming together for the April City Nature Challenge, pledging to ditch single-use plastics, or joining WWF’s Energy Challenge, we can go beyond Earth Hour to protect and preserve our environment’s rich biodiversity. So on this 13th edition of Earth Hour, let’s pledge to do more to protect nature!

Reduce…
Eliminating single-use plastics is one of the main conversation points of this year’s Earth Hour. Plastics is a key component of marine litter, and WWF Hong Kong looks to tackle the city’s marine litter problem with solutions that can replace single-use plastics in our community. WWF Hong Kong is enlisting marine-related stakeholders – recreational groups and businesses, diving groups, as well as the fishery and seafood industry – to take a proactive role in formulating long-term solutions to reducing marine litter.

Rethink….
Hong Kong people consume more per person than in many other countries.

According to an analysis of our local ecological footprint, Hong Kong people are living beyond the Earth’s limits. All of our daily activities – from switching on lights, buying clothes to traveling abroad – consumes the world’s natural resources. If the rest of the world lived like Hong Kong did, we would need 4.2 Earths to meet our total demand on nature! It’s time to rethink how we can lighten our ecological footprint…whether it’s recycling, using less energy, switching to renewables or buying less. By making better choices in our daily life, we can reduce our ecological footprint and conserve our planet’s valuable natural resources.

Change the way we live
Living a more sustainable lifestyle is not complicated. There are countless small actions you can do in your daily life that can make a big impact over time. In Hong Kong, half of our ecological footprint is from food (21%), clothing (15%), personal transport (8%) and electricity (7%).

Our daily consumption as an individual, family and business level accounts for 76 per cent of Hong Kong’s ecological footprint, among which, clothing, food, energy and transportation contribute to the most. To avoid over-consumption of renewable natural resources, we need to start with changes in our daily behavior. The choices we make can have a considerable impact on our sustainable future, and showing retailers and manufacturers that we want sustainable options will create more demand for and hence the supply of them!

Your support is vital to realise a vibrant future. Sign up, donate now, and let’s change the way we live!

Date: 30 March 2019

Time: 8:30-9:30pm

Place: Everywhere

About Earth Hour:
2007 – Earth Hour is born in Sydney, Australia on 31 March. The campaign unites 2.2 million Australians and delivers a strong and unmistakable message that climate change is an issue they care deeply about.

2008 – Earth Hour goes international. Nearly 400 cities in 35 countries participate in this global campaign, with major landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the Colosseum in Rome going dark during Earth Hour.

2009 – Earth Hour breaks all records for mass participation, becoming the world’s largest movement for the environment. Hong Kong begins to mark Earth Hour. Prominent city landmarks including the International Finance Centre, the Cultural Centre and the Tsing Ma Bridge go dark for one hour.

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Volunteer or intern with Projects Abroad

24 Feb


Projects Abroad is one of the largest volunteer abroad organizations in the world. Founded in 1992, Projects Abroad sends 10,000 people abroad each year on a variety of service projects and internships overseas. All participants receive unparalleled in-country support from their full-time, professional staff to ensure that the experience is safe, worthwhile and fun.

Volunteer overseas or intern abroad in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Latin America. Projects Abroad offers overseas voluntary work placements including teaching, care, conservation & environment, medicine & healthcare, journalism, law & human rights, international development, business, and more.

Volunteer overseas:
Volunteer overseas with Projects Abroad, as a great opportunity to put your time into a meaningful and rewarding programme. Projects Abroad offers a wide range of service trips in various fields of interest, with placements in more than 30 destination countries around the world.

On an overseas volunteering programme you can impact communities and the environment in various areas of need, such as caring for children, teaching English, or protecting wildlife.

With more than 300 trained staff in their destinations and over a thousand different placements to choose from, Projects Abroad is one of the leading volunteer organizations in the world. But their impact will not be felt without the dedicated overseas volunteer work completed by their participants of all ages and backgrounds, who total more than 5,000 each year.

You can volunteer overseas in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean, Central America, and the South Pacific.

For more information please follow this link to the How it Works page on their website.

Internships overseas:

Boost your resume and gain skills and real world experience on one of Projects Abroad’s international internships. Their internships abroad allow you to contribute to sustainable development and bring a more cross-cultural understanding to the world.

Projects Abroad offers internships in more than 30 developing countries around the world, where you can gain valuable experience by working alongside qualified professionals in your chosen field.

Projects Abroad’s local staff will work closely with you to determine which specific internship placement gives you the most valuable learning experience and provides the greatest benefit in the country.

To find out more, please follow this link.

High School Specials:

If you are 15 to 18 years old and enrolled in full-time education you can join Projects Abroad on a High School Special. Each project follows a schedule of taught sessions, hands-on and observational work, as well as evening activities and weekend excursions. Lasting two to four weeks, these programs are designed to make the most of your short time abroad while contributing to your community service credit requirements or college applications.

Read more about the structure of High School Specials, how travel arrangements work, or explore below the variety of High School Specials projects available.

Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work. If you want to know more about their achievements, read Projects Abroad’s 2017 High School Specials Impact Report.

To find out more, please follow this link.

WWF Run for Wild 2019

12 Feb


Run for Wild is more than just a race – at the event you will also learn about wildlife conservation. Participants of the 1km family run will be able to run in the “wild” with obstacles that mimic the environment of the six focus species. The event will also feature interactive games and educational booths.

Race Category
The race is divided into three categories: 10km Challenger, 3km Fun Run and 1km Family Run. Participants can enrol as an individual, team (three to four runners) corporate (three to four runners) or family (two to four runners). Individual, team or corporate participants can participate in either the 3km or 10km challenger, while family teams are restricted to the 1km run. WWF has added a school category in the 3km race this year. Details are as follows:

Every runner will be awarded with an animal-themed runner’s pack
Souvenirs in the race pack include:
– Number bib designed with the endangered species and timing chip
– Animal pin (Redeem the pin at educational booths using the number bib on the event day)
– Luggage tag
– An animal-themed reusable umbrella bag

Route Map

Date: Sunday, 7 April 2019

Time: 8 – 10:30am

Place: Pak Shek Kok Promenade

Registration: To register please follow this link.

Deadline for registration is 8 March 2019.

About WWF-Hong Kong: WWF-Hong Kong was founded in 1981 and is an integral part of WWF’s global network. Their work began with managing Mai Po Nature Reserve and conserving iconic species. Over the years, WWF-Hong Kong has expanded and adjusted their mission to better serve Hong Kong’s conservation and education needs and align themselves with WWF’s global strategy.

The First Ocean Park International Conservation STEAM Competition

14 Jan


As part of the First Ocean Park International STEAM Education Conference 2019, Ocean Park Hong Kong has organised the first Ocean Park International Conservation STEAM Competition.

What is STEAM?:
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.

Ocean Park Hong Kong would like to invite you and your students to get inspired by taking part in their International STEAM Competition.

The competition aims to encourage students to apply their knowledge and skills in STEAM-related disciplines to solve real-life problems, especially using their creativity to propose innovative solutions for global environmental issues.

Eligibility:
1. Full time students reached 15 – 19 years of age on or before January 1, 2018;
2. Maximum 5 students for each team;
3. Maximum 2 teams for each school;
4. At least one supervising teacher for each school; and
5. Top 5 schools on each topic in the First Round Assessment will be selected to enter the Final Round Presentation

Competition Topics: The theme of the competition is “STEAM and Marine Conservation”, participants can select one of the below 3 topics to join the competition
STEAM action – Propose technology solutions to clean marine debris and conserve marine biodiversity.
STEAM promotion – Create art products to promote the reduction of marine debris or the conservation of biodiversity.
STEAM public awareness – Use technology (e.g. virtual reality) to raise the awareness of the general public to reduce marine debris and conserve biodiversity.

Competition Timeline:
Submission Deadline
February 15, 2019 (23:59 Hong Kong time)

Final Round Presentation
June 20, 2019

For more information, please follow this link

Application: To apply, please complete the form by following this link

About Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong: Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong is committed to advocating, facilitating and participating in effective conservation of Asian wildlife, with an emphasis on Chinese white dolphins and giant pandas as well as their habitats through partnerships, fundraising, research and education. It envisions a world where Asian wildlife remains biologically diverse under the stewardship of humans, corporations and governments.

WWF-Hong Kong Flag Day Volunteers needed

13 Nov

Lend your support for WWF-Hong Kong by signing up to be their Flag Day volunteer.

To sign up, please follow this link and scroll down to the four different registration forms.

Date: Saturday, 15 December 2018

Time: 7am – 12:30pm

Place: Hong Kong Island

Contact:
Tel: 2526-1011 (Select language then press 4, 5, 0)
Email: flagday@wwf.org.hk

About WWF-Hong Kong: WWF-Hong Kong was founded in 1981 and is an integral part of WWF’s global network. Their work began with managing Mai Po Nature Reserve and conserving iconic species. Over the years, WWF-Hong Kong has expanded and adjusted their mission to better serve Hong Kong’s conservation and education needs and align themselves with WWF’s global strategy.

Sharks: Up Close and Personal

2 Nov


Hong Kong Shark Foundation, and the Hong Kong office of global law firm Skadden Arps are pleased to host a unique shark photography talk “Sharks: Up Close and Personal“. Underwater photographer Simon Lorenz will share a photographic tale of worldwide shark interactions – from the smallest to the largest, from the most docile to the most dangerous ones. He will show that anyone can snorkel and dive with sharks and give insight on how to behave around sharks.

Simon Lorenz is a regular author for dive magazines around the world. With his travel company Insider Divers, he runs guided group trips, combining unusual dive experiences with photo training. As a PADI instructor, his aim is to further the diving and photography skills of his guests. At his home in Hong Kong, he operates Pool Portrait, the first underwater photo studio in the city. As a member of the Advisory Board of the Hong Kong Shark Foundation, Simon supports efforts to reduce shark fin consumption in China.

Refreshments will be served. Admission is gratis. Seating is limited to 40 people so tickets are on a first come basis. To register please follow this link to Eventbrite

For more information, please email info@hksharkfoundation.org.

Date: Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

Place: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, 15 Queen’s Road Central, 42/F, Central

About Hong Kong Shark Foundation: Hong Kong Shark Foundation (HKSF) is a registered Hong Kong charity dedicated exclusively to shark conservation. They aim to raise awareness about shark conservation, particularly the unsustainable practice of shark finning, and to reduce consumption of shark products in Hong Kong.

Every year, over 100 million sharks are caught worldwide for shark fins and other products, with over 50% of the world’s shark fin being traded through Hong Kong. The demand for shark products has contributed to the rapid decline of many species, with an estimated 1/3 of species already endangered or nearing extinction. Removing sharks from our oceans will threaten the delicate balance of ecosystems that are valuable sources of food and key elements in regulating our climate.

HKSF members/volunteers come from around the world, but most live and work in Hong Kong. Regardless of nationality or ethnicity, they are united in their desire to conserve shark populations for future generations. HKSF believes this a rare opportunity for one city to make a significant impact on a global scale. Please act now to help reduce the consumption of shark products in Hong Kong and save the world’s sharks.

Any questions, email info@hksharkfoundation.org or message/call 9095-6652.

KFBG Autumn Festival 2018

17 Oct

KFBG Autumn Festival is Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden‘s yearly large-scale on-site event to celebrate and appreciate nature’s gifts and showcase ways of living in harmony with our environment.

The themes of this year’s Autumn Festival are connecting people with Nature, conservation, and low-carbon living. Apart from the usual plant and animal exhibits, various experiential activities will be set up to promote physical and mental wellness. Activities include: “Upside Down” Exploring the World of Bats Exhibition, Green Market, Experiential Activities, Through the Innocent Eyes Parent-child Photo Event, Art Workshops, Guided Tours, Animal Encounters and Story-telling Activity.

Come explore the wilderness and celebrate the autumn season through one of the many experiential activities at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden on the 3rd and 4th November 2018!

For more information please email edu_programme@kfbg.org

Date: 3-4 November 2018 (Saturday & Sunday)

Time: 9:30am – 5:00pm (Last admission: 4:00pm)

Place: Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden
For directions, please follow this link

About Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG): Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) spreads over 148 hectares of land on the northern slopes of Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong’s highest mountain, near the town of Tai Po.

KFBG has a deep-set valley between two ridges, with a stream running steeply down through the forest. On the slopes there are forest, theme gardens, vegetable terraces, 8km of walking trails, 9km of roads, and conservation and educational facilities.

The Farm was established in 1956 to provide agricultural aid to farmers in need of support to help them lead independent lives; and to provide leisure and educational experience for the public. The theme gardens were designed and planted from the 1960’s onwards, and through planting, natural process and protection from fire, what was once barren scrubland is now mature forest. Visitors are welcome.