Category Archives: Going Green

Volunteer or intern with Projects Abroad


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.

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.

The 24th Kadoorie Brothers Memorial Race

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Run for charity and take in the amazing scenery at Kadoorie Farm. The race is held in memory of the Kadoorie brothers, Lord Lawrence and Sir Horace.

The length of the course is 5.7 km, from the KFBG Lower Area (at 130m elevation), and rises steeply uphill along roads, through various beautiful sections of Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden, finishing at the Kadoorie Brothers Memorial Pavilion (at 602m elevation). It is a challenging and rewarding uphill race (or a lovely walk, depending on your fitness).

Participants must be 7 years of age or older / Entry for the Race is limited to 230 participants. If the race is over-subscribed, eligibility will be allocated by lucky draw.

No entrance fee will be charged for the race. There will be a donation box at the registration counter and Kadoorie Farm hopes participants and the accompanying guests would donate HK$200 to support their Conservation and Education Programmes.

Date: 16 December 2018 (Sunday)

Time: 10:00 – 12:30

Place: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden

Price: No entrance fee will be charged for the race. There will be a donation box at the registration counter and Kadoorie Farm hopes participants and the accompanying guests would donate HK$200 to support their Conservation and Education Programmes.

Note: Applicants should assume their application is unsuccessful if no confirmation letter is received via e-mail by 11th November, 2018 (Sunday).
Each applicant can only submit application once.
The KFBG Gate will be closed at 9:45 a.m. for the event. KFBG will be re-opened at 2:00 p.m. after the event.

To register please follow this link. Deadline for registration is 30 September.

For enquiries, please send e-mail to mr2018@kfbg.org or call Ms Hung at 2483 7107.

About The Kadoorie Farm: The Farm was established in 1956 to provide agricultural aid to farmers in need of support to help them lead independent lives. Today, reflecting the changing times, KFBG plays an active role in promoting the conservation of biodiversity in Hong Kong and South China, allied with sustainable agriculture and creative nature education.

Their Mission: To harmonise our relationship with the environment.

Their Vision: A world in which people live sustainably with respect for each other and nature.

Their Values:
Sustainable Living
Appreciating the impact of our actions with regard to current and future generations.
Having awareness of our connection with the environment.
Valuing simple and responsible lifestyles.

Justice
Being fair and accountable. Valuing socially equitable systems that protect
the health of the planet, the people and their way of life.
Protect future generations.

Love
Having self-awareness and understanding of the inter-relationship of all things.
Having compassion and respect for all life. Recognising that outer discord
is a reflection of inner discord. Striving for inner silence.

Participation
Engaging mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually;
fostering respect for different viewpoints, openness, dialogue and teamwork.

Professionalism
Being a role model of caring, integrity, commitment, professional standards and
best practices for partners, organisations, individuals and communities.

Learning
Being adaptive and flexible to changing circumstances. Having a holistic outlook.
Being practical, objective, creative and insightful.

Happiness
Appreciating that our happiness lies in creating and sharing happiness with others.

homegrown_kadoorieVolunteering: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden’s (KFBG) conservation objectives are to help protect Hong Kong and Mainland China’s biodiversity while motivating people to act to care for our natural environment. If you are interested in devoting some time to environmental education and conservation, or, helping KFBG in various types of education programmes and to, generally assist with outdoor work in KFBG, please check out their volunteer page.

Or go and check it out for yourself. With an entrance fee of only $30 and a shop selling organic fruit and vegetables and eggs from their own farm, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden is well worth a visit.

Plogging for World Cleanup Day (jogging and picking up litter)

Join Eco Marine ‘plogging’ (a combination of jogging and picking up litter) on World Cleanup Day! Eco Marine Adventure Cleanup is collaborating with The Green Race for a coastal trail cleanup ‘plog’ on the southern shore of the Starling Inlet from 9:30am to around 12:30pm. The event will coincide with the Immortals trail race 27km route and ploggers and runners will be able to cheer each other on! Ploggers will jog/hike as a group or in a few groups whilst picking up rubbish on the trail/shoreline between Luk Keng and CP3 (Kuk Po) of the race route where you can share in the water, drinks, and environmentally friendly snacks provided by The Green Race. You will then turn around and head back to Luk Keng for a total distance of around 9km.

Date: Saturday 15 September 2018

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Place: Intersection of Luk Keng Road and Bride’s Pool Road https://goo.gl/maps/gKWFLCfeqVo

Transport: Minibus 56K from Fanling MTR http://www.16seats.net/eng/gmb/gn_56k.html

What to Wear: Hiking/Sports clothes and shoes. Closed toed shoes only. Sun hat and other sun protection like umbrella and sunscreen. Weather is expected to be hot.

What to Bring: A reusable container with at least 1 L of water and some snacks if you are the hungry type. Single use plastic water and drink 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 small sized rubbish bags suitable for plogging. Feel free to bring your own gloves and tongs.

Signup: For full information on the event and to register, please follow this link to their Facebook page

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 to catalyze action for integrating this mindset into all aspects of contemporary urban life.

Your everyday choices and efforts matter.

In Touch with Nature – 5-Day Summer Camp for Children 2018


Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden is re-running their popular 5-day Summer Camp for Children this year with a range of experiential activities.

1. Nature / Objectives
Kids will explore nature through hiking in woodland, art in nature workshops, animal encounters, harvesting and preparing low-carbon lunch with fresh vegetables at the Green Hub. Participants will be able to make new friends, bond with nature and gain greater awareness of the conservation of biodiversity in Hong Kong.

2. Programme Content
* Understand the interconnected relationships between plants and animals;
* Use all senses to discover the hidden treasures in nature;
* Learn about native animals in their habitats and ways to protect our native species;
* Express creatively and freely through nature art;
* Foster respect for nature by learning to live sustainably.

Date: 3 – 7 July 2018 (English camp)

Other date options:
Camp B: 9 – 13 July 2018 (Cantonese)
Camp C: 16 – 20 July 2018 (Cantonese)

Time: 09:30am – 4:00pm Daily (non- residential)

Place: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden & Green Hub

Target group / No. of Participants : Children aged 7-9 years.
24 maximum per camp (at least one camp counselor per 6 children)

Price: HKD$2,200 for 5 days (Vegetarian lunch included)

Please submit your online application form by following this link and submit it to KFBG before 31 May, 2018.
Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis

For more information please contact Ms Eliz Leung at 2483 7110 or email elizleung@kfbg.org

About Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden : 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.

Unwanted Christmas presents? Give to charity

Christmas is a time for giving, but unless you’re incredibly lucky (or sent out a specific list of desired items before), 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 onloved gifts. Here are some suggestions

People’s Food Bank
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.

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.

Volunteer for Green Monday

Green Monday is a social startup group that aims to tackle climate change and global food insecurity by making low-carbon and sustainable living simple, viral and actionable. Their platform enables corporations, restaurants, schools and the general public to join efforts in performing social and environmental responsibilities while their Green Common is Asia’s first plant-based grocer with the mission to empower the community with sustainable, innovative, wholesome and responsible food choices. In 2014, Green Monday was named by FAST COMPANY as one of China’s Top 50 Most Innovative Companies.

While most of us are aware that transportation systems, heavy industries and coal-generated electric power continue to spew black smoke into our atmosphere and adversely affect the environment, few until recently understand that foods we eat are also the culprit of global warming. According to a 2006 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the meat we consume add more greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, nitrous oxide etc. – into the atmosphere than either transportation or industry, mostly from the manure of cattle.
The FAO report also found that current production levels of meat contribute up to 18% of “CO2-equivalent” greenhouse gases the world produces every year. That’s more than all the cars, trains and planes combined.

Put simply, a vegetarian diet puts less stress on the environment. For as simple as trading in meat and seafood for greens only once a week, the amount of carbon emission reduced is very significant.

Green Monday’s Mission
Established 22 April 2012, Green Monday is a social enterprise group that promotes and enables green, healthy and sustainable living. Through their vegetarian promotion and food rescue initiatives, they are a platform that enables corporations, restaurants, schools, and the general public to join efforts in reducing our carbon footprint and performing our social and environmental responsibilities.

It is not about converting people to vegetarianism, nor does it require a drastic or overnight lifestyle change or a huge time commitment. Green Monday educates the public how easy and effective it is to reduce carbon footprint and improve health by giving up meat for just one day per week.

Why Monday?
Monday, the first day of a work week, is chosen to welcome a change of pace in the mind and the body. At the beginning of the week, when intentions, plans and expectations are set, having a Green Monday symbolizes a wholesome start.

The name “Green Monday” embraces the positive adoption of green practices rather than refraining people from meat consumption. The goal is to raise awareness and inspire the public on the benefits of green diets, nurturing the love towards our planet, and the pursuit of harmony in life.

What you can do to help
Green Monday needs your help for various events and projects. If you would like to play an active role in supporting their cause, join the Green Monday volunteer team by filling in the registration form in this link.

Redress

Redress is an environmental NGO working to reduce waste in the fashion industry. They achieve this through a variety of programmes, initiatives and campaigns. Redress aims to enhance, educate and enable the adoption of a more sustainable fashion industry that helps to minimise the negative and maximise the positive impacts of the fashion industry on society and the environment. Collectively, Redress collaborates with a wide range of stakeholders, including fashion designers, textile and garment manufacturers, brands and retailers, schools and universities, private sector organisations, multilateral organisations, governments, NGOs, media organisations and consumers.

Examples of their programmes include:
* Clothing drives to collect unwanted secondhand clothing and accessory
* Hosting secondhand clothing pop-up shops
* Exhibitions to highlight the amount of clothing discarded into landfills

* Publication of the book Dress [with] Sense to help you:
BUY better and make more responsible choices when hitting the shops, WEAR your clothes more creatively, and rescue hidden treasures from the depths of your wardrobe, CARE for your clothes by learning better more environmentally friendly ways to wash, and DISPOSE of them by swapping, gifting, donating or recycling – anything but throwing them in the trash!

What you can do to help :
Internships
Redress has internship positions based in Hong Kong. Interns must commit to a minimum of three weeks full time.

Volunteer
Redress occasionally require volunteers with various skill sets. Only volunteers who have a considerable amount of time available will be considered.

For more information please email Redress at info@redress.com.hk

The Green Hub Volunteer Induction Day – 23 July

The Green Hub Volunteer Scheme
Volunteers at the Green Hub enrich and enhance the life of Green Hub and play a vital role in supporting a wide range of sustainable living educational programmes and conservation work. Volunteers are a valued and integral part of Green Hub donating a range of talents and skills to promote sustainable living and assist in the Green Hub’s daily operation. Green Hub hopes that they can both enjoy and learn from their volunteer experience at Green Hub.

Volunteer Opportunities
* Education programmes and activities
* Low carbon catering
* Co-op Market
* Gardening
* Visitor Centre

Requirement
* Hong Kong citizen aged 18 or above
* Appreciate sustainable lifestyle
* Interested in nature and heritage conservation
* Good presentation and communication skills
* Able to speak fluent Cantonese, basic English and Mandarin
* Able to attend their Volunteer Induction Day are preferred.

The Green Hub Volunteer Induction Day
The goal of the Induction Day is to provide an orientation for people who want to be a volunteer of the Green Hub. The Induction Day comprises an introduction about the Old Tai Po Police Station heritage revitalization project and its programmes and a guided walk of the Green Hub facilities. Participants will also have the opportunities to undertake sustainable living exercises to increase their own well-being and that of the community from a holistic perspective.

Date: Sunday, 23 July 2017

Time: 2-4pm

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

Language: Cantonese

How to Apply: Please fill out this link for the online application form

Application Deadline: 17 July 2017

Enquiry: Please contact Miss Leung at 2996 2833 / ghprog@kfbg.org

* Another Volunteer Induction Day will be on 29 Oct.

About The Green Hub: The Green Hub (the Old Tai Po Police Station) is a unique heritage place which is historically, architecturally and ecologically significant.

The Green Hub project has transformed the Old Tai Po Police Station, a Grade 1 historic heritage to hub for sustainable living. The Green Hub’s Heritage Tour is a free-of-charge service for visitors to learn how we conserve the historic and architectural values of the building, as well as the trees and the egretry of ecological importance at the Old Tai Po Police Station.

Under the Revitalising Historic Buildings through Partnership Scheme (the R-Scheme), Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) adopted an integrated approach to conserve the Old Tai Po Police Station and transform the historic heritage site into a Green Hub for sustainable living. Today, the Green Hub is an inspirational educational centre and offers wide-ranging educational opportunities for the public. Often described as a green oasis in the concrete jungle, it is a pioneer of low-carbon diet, and green architecture, a place for transformative education and an incubator for community collaboration on appropriate, affordable and sustainable alternatives.

The Green Hub project is recognised with an Honourable Mention in the 2016 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2016. The Green Hub also receive the Grand Award (Existing Buildings Category: Completed Projects – Institutional Building) and Special Citation in Eco-service Infrastructure Network under the Green Building Award 2016 that is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Green Building Council and the Professional Green Building Council.

Computer Recycling Programme

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This is not a volunteer opportunity but a great way to save the environment through the recycling of your old desktop computers, laptops, computer monitors (both cathode-ray tube and LCD types), printers, scanners, all computer-related products, such as keyboards, memory sticks, mouse units, headsets and speakers, communication products, such as mobile phones, dect phones, pagers, walkie talkies and routers.

How did it start?
It is estimated that there are over 6 million computers and computer accessories in use in Hong Kong and about one fifth of them are replaced each year. Although most of the discarded computers and their accessories are recycled/reused through the second-hand market, but a small fraction still end up in landfills.

Computer equipment contains materials that can be harmful to people and the environment. You can help avoid generating computer waste by not replacing your computer as frequently. If replacement is necessary, your used computer should be reused and recycled as far as possible. Computers contain components and materials that can be recovered, such as metals and plastics, and some old computers can be repaired and put to second-hand use.

To reduce the quantity of waste computers and computer accessories disposed of at landfills, the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) launched a pilot recovery programme in January 2003. The programme has been well-received by the public and nearly 150,000 waste computers and computer accessories have been recovered and processed. This pilot programme became the basis for the programme now known as Computer & Communication Products Recycling Programme.

collection_arrangement_eng_nov15Recycling your used computer has never been easier. The Computer & Communication Products Recycling Programme is fully funded by the industry and supported by the EPD and the green groups, and it provides collection services all over Hong Kong. You can make a difference to the environment and to people in need. Think twice before you discard your old computers. Find a public collection point near you by following this link.

Bulk Pick-up: Free collection service will be provided for bulk pick-up (5 or more pieces of main computer equipment – ie. desktop, notebook, printer, scanner, CRT & LCD monitor)*. To arrange collection, please call the CCRP’s recycler hotline 8108 9889.
* 10 or more pieces of main computer items for outlying islands and remote areas

Please note: The above collection services are free of charge. The CCRP will not pay for the collected items. A record form will be issued to acknowledge receipt of the collected items.

About the Computer and Communication Products Recycling Programme: The Computer & Communication Products Recycling Programme (CCRP) is a voluntary Producer Responsibility Scheme. It has been set up and funded by the computer trade to provide a mean for the public to manage their used computer equipment and communication products in an environmentally sound manner. Another goal of the CCRP is to raise public awareness of the need to reduce, re-use and recycle computer and communication products.

The CCRP’s operations are steered by a Programme Committee comprising representatives from participating computer equipment suppliers (see Participating Organisations) and the Chamber of the Hong Kong Computer Industry. There are also honorary members, including representatives from four green groups (Friends of the Earth, Green Power, Environmental Association and World Green Organisation). The Environmental Protection Department acts as the Programme’s advisor and helps promote the CCRP to the public.

The CCRP collects used computers and computer parts for refurbishment and recycling. The CCRP has lined up a charitable organisation, Caritas (Hong Kong) to help refurbish computers that are still in working condition and donate them to the needy, and appointed a commercial recycler to dismantle the remaining used computers and recover useful parts and materials.