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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.

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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.

Clean Silverstrand Beach – 24 January

9 Jan

After Typhoon Mangkhut, many beaches in Hong Kong were left covered with marine refuse, polystyrene, and fallen trees which is likely to take months to recover.

HandsOn needs volunteers ages 15+ to them clean Silverstrand Beach. This unmaintained HK beach is still covered in marine refuse, polystyrene and fallen trees months after Typhoon Mangkhut.
Sign up if you can and spread the word!

Date: Thursday, 24 January 2019

Time: 1:30 – 5:30pm

Place: Silverstrand Beach, address and directions will be sent to you by e-mail after you sign up.

Registration: For more information and to register, please follow this link.

About HandsOn: Founded in 2007, the HandsOn Hong Kong mission remains to mobilize and empower the community to meet pressing social needs in Hong Kong through volunteer services.

Their vision is for a caring community that gives its time and talent to transform Hong Kong.

In 2017 alone, HandsOn Hong Kong organized over 1,400 volunteer activities, serving more than 46,000 beneficiaries, including disadvantaged children and youth, isolated elderly, ethnic minority students, under-resourced families, refugees and people with disabilities. Join HandsOn Hong Kong in their mission to serve Hong Kong’s community together!

PETA’s Pints for Pigs

2 Jan

PETA’s Pints for Pigs – an awesome night of craft beer tasting to celebrate the New Year and help animals. At this fun event, you’ll get the first taste of H.K. Lovecraft’s Doppelbock beer at the launch of this new brew, get a chance to win exciting raffle prizes, and hear all the latest exciting news about PETA and their campaigns.

Every ticket includes your choice of six beer tasters (120 ml), two pints (500 ml) or three non-alcoholic drinks, vegan snacks and entry into a raffle. All proceeds will support PETA’s work for all animals.

Date: Monday, 21 January 2019

Time: 6-11pm

Place: Hong Kong Island Taphouse, 1A-1B Tsing Fung Street, Tin Hau, Hong Kong

Price: $248, to register, please follow this link. The entrance fee is $288 for walk-in participants.

E-mail JackieT@PETAAsiaPacific.com with any questions

About PETA Asia: PETA Asia was established in Hong Kong at 2004 and is an affiliate of PETA US, the world’s largest animal rights organization. PETA US and its affiliates have over 6.5 million members and supporters around the world. PETA Asia and its international affiliates are dedicated to establishing and protecting the rights of all animals through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.