Category Archives: environment

Donate unwanted Christmas gifts

Christmas is a time for giving, but unless you’re incredibly lucky, chances are you’ll have at least one gift that you don’t like – or can’t even stand the sight of. You can repurpose them, re-gift them, even sell online, but if you run out of ideas think about donating them to charity.

There are a number of charities in Hong Kong who would welcome your unloved gifts. Here are some suggestions

Too many chocolates, cookies, unwanted Christmas hampers? Donate to the People’s Food Bank. Run by local charity St. James’ Settlement they provide temporary food assistance to the poor. For a list of the food donations accepted and their collection points, please follow this link.

Found inside the grounds of St John’s Cathedral in Central, Castaways Charity Shop sells clothing, including shoes and handbags, along with books and household linens, with all profits going to small locally based charities. Donations accepted on Wednesday and Saturday mornings
They accept: Clothing, shoes, handbags, books and household linens.
Address: Castaways Charity Shop, St John’s Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Central, Hong

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is one of the most established organisations for recycling goods. Donated goods are sorted, distributed and sold in Family Stores in Hong Kong and Macau. The net proceeds will go to The Salvation Army for use across its invaluable community programmes. Some of the donated goods will be directly helping people in need, such as home alone elderly, street sleepers, ex-prisoners and CSSA recipients.
The Salvation Army accepts
– Clothing, footwear, handbags and accessories, either brand new or used in clean condition
– Electrical home appliances in working order
– Electrical office equipment (e.g. computer, fax machine, printer, etc.) in working order
– Toys (no soft toys), stationery, books, gifts and premiums
– Software / DVD / VCD / CD with copyright
They do not accept
– Furniture, used bed mattresses or bedding
– Medicine
– Food
– Worn-out or broken items
– Used kitchenware
– Used underwear or towels
Donations can be dropped off at one of their many Family Stores, a list of which is provided on their website.

Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth launched the Used Clothes Recycling Program in 2001, which collects all sorts of textile products: used clothes, shoes, bed sheets and handbags. Re-wearables are exported to neighbouring countries while the worn out pieces are turned into wipers for industrial use. They have over 200 collection points – check out their website and find the one closest to you.
If the amount of used clothes exceeds a certain number (e.g. 5 large bags of clothing or more), Friends of the Earth would arrange door-to-door collection service. Please notify them 1-2 weeks before in advance. Please call 2528-5588 for further details.

Po Leung Kuk
One of the oldest charitable institutions in Hong Kong, the Po Leung Kuk was founded in 1878 to rescue women and children from human trafficking. In it’s long history, Po Leung Kuk is best known as an orphanage, today it offers a wide range of social services in Hong Kong including adoption, integrated family services, elderly services, medical and integrated health services, education and much more. Po Leung Kuk welcomes donations-in-kind to fulfil the basic needs of their service recipients, particularly children, the elderly and low-income families! All kinds of items are welcome – electrical appliances, computers, stationeries, toys, books, household accessories, cookware, etc. For any enquiries, please email plkinfo@poleungkuk.org.hk or contact their Corporate Communications Department on 2277 8352 (Corporate Donation) / Social Services Department on 2277 8158 (Individual Donation).

So get rid of the unwanted clutter, donate, help our community and save our environment through recycling.

Holiday Plog / Coastal Trail Polystyrene Cleanup!


Work off the holiday feast! Close out 2018 by giving back to nature! Join Eco Marine ‘plogging‘ (a combination of jogging/walking and picking up litter) on 29 Dec 2018!

Eco Marine Adventure Cleanup’s Keilem and Kimmie are hosting a coastal trail cleanup from Mui Wo ferry pier in South Lantau from 9:45am to around 12:45 noon. The route passes along many small beaches and areas clogged with polystyrene from the great typhoons of 2017 and 2018 which cause a threat to coastal wildlife as well as the beloved local buffalo and cow herds.

Ploggers will jog/hike as a group or in a few groups for around 3.5km on fairly flat trail of easy to intermediate difficulty terrain with around 100m elevation gain whilst checking out the beautiful scenery and rubbish black spots. The group will then turn around and cleanup some of these rubbish black spots. The total distance of the plog will be around 7km with around 200m elevation gain. However, don’t worry – we welcome all skill levels of hikers into the team – the more, the merrier!

Date: Saturday 29 December 2018

Time: 9:45am – 12:45pm

Place: Mui Wo ferry pier https://goo.gl/maps/kXtDCGtEUWn to take Ferry from Central or 3M bus from Tung Chung

What to Wear: Hiking/Sports clothes and shoes. Long sleeves and long tights/trousers since you may be in plant undergrowth. Closed toed shoes only. Sun hat and other sun protection like umbrella and sunscreen.

What to Bring: A reusable container with at least 1l of water and some snacks if you are the hungry type. Single use plastic water and drink bottles like Bonaqua, Coke etc are prohibited. Try to minimize other single use food wrapping/packaging as well. Also bring sunscreen, mosquito spray and possibly a change of clothes. Eco Marine will provide gloves and rubbish bags. Feel free to bring your own gloves and tongs.

Signup: click GOING, on Eco Marine’s event page on Facebook if you would like to join

Disclaimer: By joining this event, all participants are deemed to have agreed to the terms and conditions contained in this disclaimer, and agreed to exonerate the event leaders, the organizers and any other participants in the event from any liabilities, claims, including but not limited to liabilities and claims as a result of any injuries or deaths or damages arising thereof. Volunteers joining the event are at their own choosing and at their own risk.

About Eco Marine: Eco Marine envisions a society where nature and modern urban life thrive. Their mission is to inspire greater appreciation and guardianship of nature and as a catalyst for action for integrating this mindset into all aspects of contemporary urban life.

坪洲垃圾跑 Peng Chau Plog


Hong Kong has a huge trash problem, this 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 Hong Kong’s goal is to avoid this scenario as much as possible through cleanups, making sure to leave places spotless.

This event will take place along Peng Chau on Saturday December 8th at 10:00. Meet at Central ferry pier no.6

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

Date: Saturday 8 December 2018

Time: 10am – 2pm

Place: Central Ferry Pier No.6

Price: Free, to register please follow this link to Eventbrite

About Waste Free Hong Kong: 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.

Green Hub Herb Growing Workshop

Herb-growing does not only brighten a place but our life. Herbs have wide culinary and remedy functions, and it has a key role to play in creating an easy-to-maintain edible landscape for city greening. In this workshop, participants will learn the basic knowledge and technique for growing annual and perennial herbs. The course includes a practical session to enrich the learning experience. The course will be conducted in Cantonese.

Rosemary

What you will learn:
* Introduction to herbs that are adaptable to local climate
* Basic skills for herb growing and propagation.
* General use of herbs
* Culinary application of herbs

Date: Sunday, December 9 2018

Time: 10am – 4:30pm

Place: Green Hub – 11 Wan Tau Kok Lane, Tai Po

Maximum participants: Adult (Maximum of 25 participants)

Price: $400/person (The fee includes a low carbon vegetarian meal, two pots of herb seedling)

To apply, please refer to Chinese Version (Application Deadline: 4 December 2018)

For enquiries, please call 29962838 or email ghprog@kfbg.org

About Green Hub: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) was selected by the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2010 to transform the heritage site, in Hong Kong’s New Territories, into a “Green Hub for Sustainable Living” under Batch II of the “Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme” (Revitalisation Scheme).

The Green Hub has reimagined the Old Tai Po Police Station, a Grade 1 listed historic building built in 1899, to demonstrate how we can live sustainably while at the same time respecting nature and respecting each other.

Visitors are invited to enjoy their locally-sourced, healthy food; join one of their transformative educational courses; learn about community events; engage with a network of community members who care about living lightly on our planet; and experience the beauty of this tranquil heritage site.

The Green Hub offers solutions to the challenges facing us in finding harmony with the natural world. Such challenges include the widespread disconnection between people and nature, over-population, an economic order that demands limitless growth, and over-exploits biodiversity and resources, causing the collapse of ecosystems, runaway climate change, and endangers our food security.

WWF-Hong Kong Flag Day Volunteers needed

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.

GreenRace DB Festive Beach Clean 2018!


9:30am – Arrive at Beach Clean site (2k seaside hike)
Strava: https://www.strava.com/routes/7112982
Note: GreenRace may clean farther down the coastline, if you’re late, please call or whatsapp! 91335415.
11:30am – Finish beach clean, head back to DB Pier & clean up
12:00pm – Reservations at Zaks for festive GreenRace lunch (https://goo.gl/maps/CkwGVkeMMks).

ACCESS
Meet: https://goo.gl/maps/eE5ByiFbwR22
Beach Clean: https://www.strava.com/routes/7112982
Lunch: https://goo.gl/maps/CkwGVkeMMks
All Maps: https://tgr.run/maps/

Date: Sunday, 9 December 2018

Time: 9am

Place: Discovery Bay Ferry Pier

Register: https://tgr.run/volunteer/

For more information, please follow this link to their Facebook page

About The GreenRace HK!: The GreenRace HK! is an enviro mix of road & trail running events. They organise personalised running plans and training, fun runs, retreats, trail races & trail cleans in Asia and North America.

The GreenRace HK! events aim to contribute to local community and environment by enjoying the outdoors sustainably with each of us doing our part. The GreenRace HK! see the GreenRace as an opportunity to reset ourselves in everyday life and habit.

Visit TGR.RUN

10×10 Philanthropy: Raise funds for 3 worthwhile causes


A little over a month before Christmas, spare a thought for the various charities in Hong Kong, who still need to achieve their fundraising goals for the year. Here’s a great way to look at three and make a donation.

Please join the fourth installment of 10×10 Hong Kong in support of 3 young and unique grassroots charities!

If you would like to attend the event, please buy a ticket by clicking on the PLEDGE NOW button by following this link and selecting the amount of your pledge (minimum $1,000 pledge required for an event ticket, options up to $3,000 also available). If you want to purchase multiple event tickets, please just select the Pledge amount per ticket). Your Pledge purchase is converted to Charity dollars on the night, and it is 100% tax deductible.

If you are unable to attend on the night but would still like to support the event, you may still make a pledge to the charities by entering an amount of your choice.

10×10’s MISSION:
“To Empower the Next Generation of Giving”

HOW DOES IT WORK?
– 10 volunteer committee members organise a charity event (1 x venue, 3 x charities, 3 x dragons, drinks & canapes).
– Each committee member invites at least 10 of their friends, family and colleagues to attend the event (10 x 10… get it?). Each guest pledges HK$1,000 or more to attend the event, creating a pool of at least HK$100,000.
– Upon arrival at the event, each attendee is given ‘Charity Dollars’ equal to the value of their ‘Pledge’.
– After drinks, snacks and networking, attendees are seated to watch the 3 charities pitch their unique cause, and listen to the panel of Dragons question the speakers on their business model, impact and future goals. The audience also have an opportunity to ask questions of the charities.
– After the pitches and friendly interrogation from the Dragons, each attendee then decides which charity they want to give their ‘Charity Dollars’ to.
– Charities receive 100% of the funds raised (minus a 10% project fee to 10×10 to cover admin and overhead costs).
– Guests can opt to receive a tax deductible receipt from the charity 4-6 weeks after the event.

THE CHARITIES
For this event the committee members have chosen 3 exceptional charities who will be pitching their unique causes to you on the night:
– Sprouts Foundation
– Rooftop Republic
– The Brightly Project

Your Pledges will be available for collection at the venue on the night of the event. For a HK$1000 pledge, you’ll receive two HK$500 charity vouchers which you can allocate across the charities however you please.

Date: Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Time: Doors open at 6:30pm, pitches will start at 7pm sharp

Place: HKEX Exchange Auditorium (HKEX Connect Hall), 1/F One and two Exchange Square, Central

Price: Minimum $1,000 pledge required for an event ticket, options up to $3,000 also available. If you want to purchase multiple event tickets, please just select the Pledge amount per ticket. Your Pledge purchase is converted to Charity dollars on the night, and it is 100% tax deductible.

NOTE: PAYMENT BY VISA / MASTERCARD ONLY.

About Sprouts Foundation: Sprouts Foundation aims to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty, by providing education programs to some of the lowest-income families in Hong Kong and elsewhere. Our small-group, activity-based classes focus on enhancing children’s self-esteem and their interest in learning, by building skills relevant both to work and life. These include English and IT proficiency, as well as a wide range of professional capabilities including entrepreneurship. Combined with corporate visits and a variety of weekend outings, we help open our students’ eyes to the world and the many opportunities around them, and give them the capacity and confidence to reach out more ambitiously.

About Rooftop Republic: Rooftop Republic Foundation is dedicated to building inclusive communities around urban farming and sustainable living in Hong Kong.

The Foundation works closely with:
(i) local schools to establish farm-based education programmes (projected to impact 1000+ students over the next 3-4 years)
(ii) disenfranchised groups, such as youth and the elderly, encouraging them to participate in the community through urban farming (30+ community programmes projected to impact 1000+ elderly over the next 3-4 years)
(iii) marginalised communities, including persons with special needs, to provide vocational job trainings and job placement in urban farming

Donations from this 10×10 event will go towards:
– rolling out training programmes (2 vocational training programes per year enrolling 30 students per cohort)
– creating a space to bring communities together including people with special needs
– creating urban farms for horticultural therapy

About The Brightly Project: Lulio targets to prevent student suicides by empowering schools and their teachers to feel more confident, capable and knowledgeable in their efforts to proactively support students at risk of suicide.

Donations from this 10×10 event will go towards screening 4,000 students for suicide risk, and to work directly with four schools, who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford the services, to:
1. Identify where students are struggling and potential areas of risk
2. Provide data on mental health in their school
3. Based on the data, implement mental health and suicide prevention strategies and actions
4. Create a series of YouTube videos for students to learn more about mental health, how to understand and interpret their own feelings, and to decrease the stigma around asking for help

About 10×10: Back in 2013 in Sydney Australia, 3 passionate and highly successful social entrepreneurs Laurence Marshbaum, Nina Skryzynski and Jenny Newmarch shared a vision that everyone can make a difference by getting involved with philanthropy. They saw that young professionals like themselves wanted to live purpose driven lives and to give back to their local communities. However they lacked the time, knowledge and framework to do so in a way that made a difference.

On the flipside grassroots for purpose organisations (not for profits) found it hard to find financial support and volunteers to sustain their work. Laurence, Jenny and Nina got together 10 friends and organised an event with each friend inviting 10 of their friends and they lined up 3 charities to attend. That night they raised $ 11,000. The night was a success and the concept of 10×10 was born.

Today
10×10 has started a movement worldwide and aims to empower the next generation of giving. 10×10 is successfully building a community of likeminded young individuals who are inspired to come together to support innovative grassroots charities in a fun and engaging way. Their innovative model and technology platform makes the 10×10 concept simple, replicable and low cost.

10×10 committee members love being part of the 10×10 experience with over 94% recommending it to friends – they build new networks and gain skills in leadership and teamwork. More importantly for them their 10×10 experience ignites a passion for philanthropy and this translates to a whole new generation of people giving more from a young age.

For participating charities, 10×10 offers an innovative and fresh way of directly engaging with a young supporter base. Many come away from an event being provided not just with financial help but also with a valuable network of involved professionals who can assist with expertise and connections.

Sharks: Up Close and Personal


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

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.

LumiVoce is looking for an Operations Manager (part time)

Are you passionate about wildlife conservation? LumiVoce is seeking a proactive individual to contribute to its efforts on wildlife conservation and biodiversity. LumiVoce is looking for a Manager of Operations to assist the daily operations from finance, administration, and event coordination. Their team consists of hardworking and fun individuals who have come together to shed light on the plight of wildlife through music. As a charity, LumiVoce often find themselves with their hands full and therefore need someone to manage their day to day operations. If you are someone who can wear multiple hats at the same time, have some experience in operations, administration and event management, please get in touch with the LumiVoce team.

This is a part-time, flexible position, however, LumiVoce acknowledges that there will be a considerable investment in terms of time especially before and during an event. LumiVoce is therefore looking for someone who can be flexible with their time and is able to multitask.

For more information and a detailed job description, please click on the link: http://www.lumivoce.org/job

Please send your CV and Covering Letter explaining why you are interesting in joining LumiVoce to info@lumivoce.org.

About LumiVoce: Inspiring people to fall in love with wildlife through the beauty and power of music and stories to reduce demand. Turning today’s wildlife consumers into tomorrow’s wildlife protectors.

The Chinese character for listening includes ears, eyes and heart 聽.

Are we listening? Are we listening with our ears, eyes, heart, mind and soul?

Do we really know what a healthy forest truly sounds like?

I was moved to action when I heard that every 15 minutes an elephant is killed for its tusk (ivory), that every 8 hours a rhino is brutally slaughtered for its horn, that we have lost 58% of the planet’s wildlife since the 1970s (WWF living planet report 2016), and, finally, that we are losing them at 1000 times the normal background rate.

“As a singer I want to lend my voice to the voiceless wildlife, to illuminate with sound, to combine my passions for music and wildlife to make a difference.
You may ask why music?

Because music is powerful and it touches the human heart. Why is it said that music is a universal language? Because it is the language of the heart, mind and soul. It vibrates within the core of our being. It transcends cultures, space and time. I grew up with music during China’s Cultural Revolution. My parents were exiled to the countryside to do hard labor.

“I hope my voice will inspire others to join in. One voice becomes thousands of voices, like a great symphony of love for the wild.”

Dr. Ying Ying Liu, Founder