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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.

IAPF Damien Mander Live – Frontlines of the Ivory Wars

16 Feb

Only a few weeks ago Hong Kong was thrust onto the world conservation stage following a massive haul in elephant ivory and pangolin scales. Asia may be the end game for these threatened species, but Africa is where the frontlines are drawn. Come and hear the story of the battle being waged and the unique approach from the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (www.iapf.org) which is having devastating effects on poaching syndicates in Zimbabwe through the empowerment of women and local communities.

BBC video on IAPF and the Akashinga program – Viewed 15 million times on social media

Event opens 6pm, lecture starts around 7pm.

Damien spent his 20s in the Royal Australian Navy, risking his life to protect others – first as a Naval clearance diver, then as a sniper in an elite special forces unit. By 2009, burned out after three years in Iraq, he bought a one-way ticket to Africa for his next mission: Military skills to fight poaching.

For 7 years the team fought for wildlife using traditional methods. It worked but Mander felt it was not sustainable, believing there had to be another way. By 2017 and frustrated, he found himself forming the first nature reserve in the world to be managed and protected by women.

The recruits were survivors of domestic violence, single mothers, abandoned wives, and AIDS orphans. The instructors were skeptical, but the results spoke for themselves, as along the way the team made more than 100 arrests. Opinions and stereotypes were rapidly shattered in the male-dominated industry.

Hear about the team’s efforts in helping to protect the world’s second largest elephant population in Zimbabwe.

Date: Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Time: 6:00 – 8:30pm

Place: Oolaa, 1-9 Bridges Street, Central

Price: $300
To buy tickets please follow this link.

Ticket entry includes meeting Damien and his presentation on helping to protect the worlds second largest elephant population, Q&A, lucky door prizes to be won and drinks to be purchased at happy hour prices.

If cannot attend but would still like to donate, please CLICK here

About International Anti-Poaching Foundation: Illegal wildlife trafficking is one of the world’s largest criminal industries, with tangible links to terrorism and organized crime networks. As a result, “High-Value Species” such as elephants and rhinoceros are being hunted to extinction. These animals are some of the most difficult to protect, and safeguarding them is the core business of IAPF.

IAPF is a direct action wildlife conservation organization. IAPF protects endangered wildlife and ecosystems through strategic deployments and long term partnerships with local communities. Their conservation programs defend some of the most ecologically sensitive and underserved regions in Africa.

Rooftop Republic – urban farming

22 Jan


Rooftop Republic’s team has been pioneering the urban farming movement over the last five years. Their vision is to revolutionise the food system and transform the relationship people have with their food.

Rooftop Republic is a truly multi-disciplinary team and they collaborate with architects, engineers, organic farmers, chefs and nutritionists to develop and deliver urban farming solutions.

Rooftop Republic’s innovative approach and end-to-end services – from design, installation to maintenance and community engagement – aims to incorporate urban farms into city-dwellers’ lifestyles and make it commonplace.

At Rooftop Republic, they are enthusiastic about the potential for urban farming to transform both urban spaces and mindsets in Hong Kong and to contribute to making our city more sustainable and livable.

Rooftop Republic Urban Farming has been awarded the following recognition at the Social Enterprise Awards 2017 Hong Kong:
Most Outstanding Social Enterprise (Meritorious)
Most Innovative Social Enterprise

Farm design & Installation: Helping you transform under-utilised spaces into vibrant urban farms

If you’d like to create a source of nutritious and delicious organic food on your rooftop, Rooftop Republic can help you! To set up your own urban farm, Rooftop Republic provides a customized urban farming solution that includes:
– Initial site assessment
– Customized farm design
– Loading assessment
– Supply and delivery of top quality planters, organic seedlings, soil, fertilizers and other gardening equipment
– Edible green wall installation

Workshops & events: Get your hands dirty and learn to grow your own vegetables or join one of Rooftop Republic’s farm-to-table events, talks, farm visits and more!

Join Rooftop Republic’s interactive workshops to learn about the fundamental principles and practices of organic farming through talks, group discussions, games and practical hands-on farming. Led by experienced organic farmers, Rooftop Republic conducts workshops suitable for all ages and levels of experience.

To find out more details on upcoming activities open to the public, please visit their event page.

If you are keen to set up your own urban farm, join one of Rooftop Republic’s events, volunteer, or simply want to get in touch, please drop Rooftop Republic a note at hello@rooftoprepublic.com

Kowloon City District Plog

18 Jan

kowloon city plog
Plogging is a combination of jogging with picking up litter (Swedish: plocka upp). It started as an organised activity in Sweden around 2016 and spread to other countries in 2018, following increased concern about plastic pollution. As a workout, it provides variation in body movements by adding bending, squatting and stretching to the main action of running.

Hong Kong has a huge trash problem, that is no secret.

Whether you are traversing through a country park, relaxing at a beach or walking through the busy metropolis, it is impossible to avoid waste.

Unfortunately, a lot of rubbish gets neglected until it is too late. Contrary to what many people may think, even waste in the city centre, through being washed into the gutter, can end up in the ocean.

Waste Free HK’s goal is to avoid this scenario as much as possible through urban cleanups, making sure to leave places spotless.

Waste Free HK’s second plog of 2019 will take place in the Kowloon City District. Meet at Whampoa MTR Station exit C and head through the district as much as possible until 10pm, at which point you will call it an evening and go and grab some food.

Reusable bags, litter pickers and gloves will be provided, however please feel free to bring your own.

To help Waste Free HK organise future events, feel free to purchase a small goodie bag at the end of the plog. Each event will have different zero-waste nick-knacks for you to take away. With plans to branch Waste Free HK’s organisation out into other ventures to continue raising awareness, your support is greatly appreciated!

Date: Friday, 25 January 2019

Time: 7 – 10pm

Place: Meet at Whampoa MTR Station exit C

Registration: To register for this plog, please follow this link.

About Waste Free HK: Waste Free HK is an organisation aiming to promote a sustainable lifestyle through education, events and campaigning.

Established in Early 2018, WFHK has begun organising various cleanup activities across Hong Kong, the first ‘Plastic Attack’ in the city with the aim of building a better relationship with major chains with the hope of stronger dialogue, as well as building a relationship with various government bodies with the goal of working together to reduce the waste issue blighting our beautiful city.

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.

Aberdeen Plog – 香港仔垃圾跑

13 Jan

Plogging is a combination of jogging with picking up litter (Swedish: plocka upp). It started as an organised activity in Sweden around 2016 and spread to other countries in 2018, following increased concern about plastic pollution. As a workout, it provides variation in body movements by adding bending, squatting and stretching to the main action of running.

Hong Kong has a huge trash problem, that is no secret.

Whether you are traversing through a country park, relaxing at a beach or walking through the busy metropolis, it is impossible to avoid waste.

Unfortunately, a lot of rubbish gets neglected until it is too late. Contrary to what many people may think, even waste in the city centre, through being washed into the gutter, can end up in the ocean.

Waste Free HK’s goal is to avoid this scenario as much as possible through urban cleanups, making sure to leave places spotless.

The plog of will take place in the Aberdeen. Meet at Wong Chuk Hang MTR Station exit A1 and head through the district as much as possible until 1pm, at which point you will call it a day and go and grab some food.

Reusable bags, litter pickers and gloves will be provided, however please feel free to bring your own.

To help Waste Free HK organise future events, feel free to purchase a small goodie bag at the end of the plog. Each event will have different zero-waste nick-knacks for you to take away. With plans to branch Waste Free HK’s organisation out into other ventures to continue raising awareness, your support is greatly appreciated!

Date: Sunday, 20 January 2019

Time: 10am – 1om

Place: Meet at Wong Chuk Hang MTR Station exit A1

Registration: To register for this plog, please follow this link.

About Waste Free HK: Waste Free HK is an organisation aiming to promote a sustainable lifestyle through education, events and campaigning.

Established in Early 2018, WFHK has begun organising various cleanup activities across Hong Kong, the first ‘Plastic Attack’ in the city with the aim of building a better relationship with major chains with the hope of stronger dialogue, as well as building a relationship with various government bodies with the goal of working together to reduce the waste issue blighting our beautiful city.