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Plastic Free Seas Volunteer Recruitment Days

9 Jul


Do you want to help save the ocean and the marine animals? Are you passionate about reducing our plastic consumption here in HK?

Plastic Free Seas is recruiting volunteers who want help lead beach cleanups and/or to get involved in their community outreach. English speaking and bilingual (English/Cantonese) volunteers are welcome. Plastic Free Seas will be conducting 2 one-day training sessions in August. The morning session will be held at their office in Sheung Wan, and after lunch you will head to a beach (location yet to be determined) for on-site training. Plastic Free Seas is looking for both adults and teenager volunteers. Minimum age is 15.

Rundown of the day:
10:30am – 12:30pm (in office training)
12:30pm – 1:00pm Lunch (Please bring your own lunch, no single-use plastic packaging please)
1:00pm – 3:30pm (Beach training)

Further information on what to wear and bring will be shared by email.

Be part of the local solution for this global problem!

Date:
Training session #1: Saturday, August 3, 2019
Training session #2: Saturday, August 10, 2019
(Both sessions will be conducted in English)

Time: 10:30am– 3:30pm

Place: 21/F Chun Wo Commercial Centre, 23-29 Wing Wo St., Sheung Wan (MTR Exit E2)

Space is limited and registration is required. To register, please contact Mimi.
Email: mimi@plasticfreeseas.org

About Plastic Free Seas: Plastic Free Seas is a Hong Kong charity dedicated to advocating change in the way we all view and use plastics in society today, through education and action campaigns.

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Hoi Ha Wan Festival 13-14 Jul

22 Jun

Where can I find a coral reef in Hong Kong?

Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park is one of the first marine parks in Hong Kong, it has more than 60 coral and 120 fish species. On 13-14 July this year, come and explore Hong Kong’s marine life in WWF Hong Kong‘s glass-bottomed boat at the center. You can also enjoy a screening of A Plastic Ocean, a documentary about the perils of plastic in our oceans and talks from our WWF-Hong Kong experts. Come and enjoy a marine weekend with your family!

Date: 13 – 14 July,2019

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Place: Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park, Jockey Club HSBC WWF Hong Kong Hoi Ha Marine Life Centre
For directions to get there, please follow this link

Price: $150-$180

To register please follow this link

For enquiries and for more information, please email community@wwf.org.hk or call their service hotline at 2161 9631.

About WWF: WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected conservation organizations, with a network active in more than 100 countries. WWF is currently carrying out more than 1,300 conservation projects around the planet – from small-scale local conservation projects to large-scale species protection projects which span all continents.

Their goal is to build a future in which humans can live in harmony with nature.

Lance X Eco Marine (Belated Father’s Day) Adventure Cleanup POSTPONED

4 Jun


STOP PRESS: In light of the recent events in Hong Kong and the great energy and efforts including clean up efforts by the public, this event will be postponed until after the summer.

Our coastlines need all the help we can muster! Invite your friends and family! Your participation and helping hand will be much appreciated!

Lance, 10 year old student and young climate activist, has joined forces with Keilem, founder of Eco Marine to host a coastal cleanup on Saturday 22 June 2019 at Tung Chung Bay (Hau Wong Temple and Mangrove Area) in North Lantau. The Tung Chung River and Tung Chung Bay are of high ecological value. Although close to much development, the area still boasts great biodiversity and is the home to many species of wildlife including horseshoe crabs, mudskippers and egrets. At the same time, this coastal area faces huge challenges, being opposite the airport and reclamation project for the third runway as well as the recently opened HK-Macau-Zhuhai bridge. Come to learn about this precious habitat for Hong Kong wildlife and do your part to protect this valuable space.

Date: Saturday, 22 June 2019

Who can join: For adults and children, this will be a family-friendly event! The cleanup site is an easy flat 20-minute walk from the Tung Chung MTR station, participants will need to be able to walk this distance comfortably. All children under 16 should be accompanied by a responsible adult. Eco Marine is also celebrating Father’s Day for this event so fathers with their children are most welcome!

Event rundown: 4 – 6:30pm
4:00 pm: Meeting Tung Chung MTR Exit A. Walk from MTR will take about 20 minutes
4:30 to 5:15pm Cleanup Briefing and Cleanup
5:15 to 5:30pm Ecological Tour Mangrove Cleanup
5:30 to 6:00pm Continue Cleanup
6:00 to 6:15pm Tidy up
6:15 to 6:40pm Departure/Walk back to Tung Chung MTR

What to wear: Closed toe shoes you don’t mind getting a little muddy (no sandals or flip flops as the wetland may have sharp dangerous items including oyster shells, broken glass, medical waste), comfortable clothes, hat. Long pants are recommended if you are prone to insect bites.

What to bring: Water (minimum 1000ml in reusable container – Bonaqua bottle, Watsons bottle etc. don’t count as reusable). Snacks if you are the hungry type (try to minimize one use packaging). Sunscreen and insect repellent (optional). Small umbrella for shade or light rain. Eco Marine will provide gloves and rubbish bags. If you have your own gloves and or other equipment, please feel free to bring. Some useful tools are tongs and gardening shears.

Not allowed: No flip flops or open sandals during cleanup. No one-time use plastic bottles or food containers/wrappers

Other information: Adverse Weather: If rainstorm warning or typhoon signal 3 or more is posted or very heavy rain this event will be cancelled and new meetup time advised later. Please check weather conditions and any notices posted in the morning before leaving home. For more information about Eco Marine please see links below:

http://www.ecomarinehongkong.org
http://www.facebook.com/ecomarine.hongkong

Disclaimer: By joining the event, all participants are deemed to have agreed to the terms and conditions contained in this disclaimer, and agreed to exonerate the 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. Participants joining the event are doing so at their own choosing and at their own risk.

For more information, please visit 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.

Celebrate World Ocean Day in Hoi Ha Marine Park 8 Jun

23 May


World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. Encompass HK, a local social enterprise promoting the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals, is organizing an outing at Hoi Ha Wan, one of the first Marine Parks in Hong Kong, with an expert guide accompanying you to introduce the fauna and flora of the area.

With an AFCD-estimated 45,000 visitors in 2015, Hoi Ha Wan is Hong Kong’s most accessible Marine Park and is a popular destination for day-trippers. Watch out for monkeys in the trees, cows on the road, and a stunning view over Long Harbour as the road drops down from Pak Tam Au. With a wealth of corals, including 64 of the 84 species of stony corals found in Hong Kong, Hoi Ha Wan has been a Site of Special Scientific Interest since 1986 and was gazetted as a Marine Park in 1996. You will explore the diversity of marine life in the mangrove and sandy shore habitats at HHW.

Programme: Introduction to Hoi Ha Wan (by Friends of Hoi Ha chairperson Nicola Newbury)
– Guided walk along Hoi Ha Nature Trail and Marine Park area, including visits to Hoi Ha’s Antiquities Monument, Hoi Ha ecologically sensitive stream
– Introduction to marine fauna with expert guide Dr. Cynthia Yau
– Marine naturalist ID with a demonstration of the iNaturalist app

Who is this for?: Everyone! Families including accompanied children over 3 are welcome.

What to wear: Closed-toe shoes (no sandals or flip flops please, as the beach may have sharp dangerous items including broken glass, oyster shells), comfortable clothes, hat. Do be warned you may get your footwear wet on the shore, so please bring your own change of dry shoes if needed.

What to bring: Water (minimum 0.5 L in reusable container – Bonaqua bottle, Watsons bottle etc. are not allowed). Water refill during the trip is possible. Sun screen, hat and insect repellent. Small umbrella for shade.

Not allowed: No flip flops or open sandals during intertidal excursion. No one-time use plastic bottles or food containers/wrappers!

Other remarks:There is no wheelchair access anywhere in Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park.

Date: Saturday, 8 June 2019

Time: 2 pm-7:30 pm (Coach will return to Kowloon Tong MTR with drop off at Choi Hung station by 7:30 pm)
Gathering location: 2 pm outside Kowloon Tong MTR Exit C

Place: Hoi Ha Marine Park

Price: $300 (including coach fee, guided walk, snacks, handouts about Hoi Ha Wan, donation to Friends of Hoi Ha)
To register please follow this link to Eventbrite.

*No parking available for external guests in Hoi Ha Village, please do not drive there.

About Encompass Hong Kong : Encompass Hong Kong is a social enterprise that promotes diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the workplace through guiding employers to create a work environment that is more D&I friendly. Encompass Hong Kong offers training and consultancy services to educate and support organizations to be more diversified and inclusive, including meeting global standards e.g. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Encompass Hong Kong will achieve these aims with a strong team of staff and advisors, as well as with partnering organizations that work with differently-abled individuals, senior workers, ethnic minorities, and gender and sexual minorities.

Sham Wan Underwater Survey/Cleanup 18 May

12 May


Sham Wan, Lamma Island is one of the few remaining nesting sites for Green Sea Turtles in Southern China and the only site in Hong Kong. The site is very important to the survival of this highly endangered species, hence it has been designated as a Restricted Area from June and October every year to minimize disturbance of this nesting site.

AquaMeridian is looking for experienced divers to join them for an underwater survey and possibly ghost net clean up in the area before it closes to the public.

Date: Saturday, 18 May 2019

Time: 10am-5pm

Place: Sham Wan, Lamma Island

Volunteers needed: Max. 12 divers – AquaMeridian will give priority to experienced divers who have DM license, conducted ghost net cleanups and/or underwater survey locally, photography/ videography etc. before.

Cost: The boat will be sponsored, but volunteers will need to bring their own gear and/or pay for the tank rental:
$340 – full gear + weight belt + tank
$120 – tank & weight belt only
$80 – tank only

Note : There are NO toilets/changing rooms on the boat. Please bring water, some snacks etc.

For more information, please contact Pandie (whatsapp +852 9525 9475)

About AquaMeridian: AquaMeridian Conservation and Education Foundation (AquaMeridian) is a registered Hong Kong-based non-profit organisation founded by celebrity and avid conservationist, Sharon Kwok in 2013. Sharon has worked in Hong Kong’s public broadcasting and cinematic field since 1987, and she is also a fine art major and makes use of this throughout the global Chinese Diaspora for advocacy.

AquaMeridian aims to educate and engage the public – particularly in Hong Kong – about conservation and sustainability issues through creative and cross-cultural programs.

Hong Kong, the “Fragrant Harbour”, is a city built on its relationship with the sea. Growing from a small fishing island to one of the busiest trading ports in the world, it has long been dependent on our local natural riches. But as our population and demand for resources grew, we neglected our roles as caretakers of the planet, with overfishing, ocean acidification, and pollution happening in our own waters.

Furthermore, Hong Kong acts as a hub for a thriving wildlife trade, with ivory and shark fin being bought and sold openly and legally. With Hong Kong long having been a multicultural bridge between the East and the West, as well as the gateway to China, increasing awareness of environmental issues within the city can have a far-reaching impact in the rest of Asia.

Oceans: Our Blue Challenge

11 May


Social entrepreneur STAN SHEA, wildlife warrior and Marine Director of BLOOM Association is giving an exclusive talk on his fight to protect ocean biodiversity. BLOOM fought and won major policy victories in the EU and Hong Kong. It is an example of how a small association can make a difference.

This will be a relaxed fireside chat; a 20 minutes interview followed by 40 minutes of Q&A with a small & engaged audience.

Topics that will be covered include:
• HK as a global crossroad of illegal wildlife trade
• Fighting Wildlife Crime: A first hand report
• How to change societal attitudes? Tangible steps & examples
• Insider tips on how to make real impact and be a driver of policy change

Years at the forefront of HK’s environmental movement have made Stan a renowned figure in the global fight for marine protection. An avid diver, Stan is notably an author of numerous researches on shark fin and seafood trade. He is also one of the editors of the Hong Kong Register of Marine Species.

Are you:
• A SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR or aspiring to become one?
• CONCERNED about protecting marine ecosystems
• An ENTHUSIAST concerned about Hong Kong’s disastrous environmental record?
Then this is a talk you need to come to.

Hosted by Earth.Org at The Hive Sheung Wan.

Date: Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Time: 7:30-8:30pm

Place: The Hive Sheung Wan, 33-35 Hillier St, Sheung Wan

Price: $50, incl. one drink
To register please follow this link

About BLOOM: BLOOM is a non-profit organisation founded in 2005 that works to preserve the marine environment and species from unnecessary destruction and to increase social benefits in the fishing sector. BLOOM wages awareness and advocacy campaigns in order to accelerate the adoption of concrete solutions for the oceans, humans and the climate. BLOOM carries out scientific research projects, independent studies, and evaluations that highlight crucial and unaddressed issues such as the financing mechanisms of the fishing sector. BLOOM’s actions are meant for the general public as well as policy-makers and economic stakeholders.

About Earth.Org: Earth.Org is a global environmental non-profit raising awareness about biodiversity loss and the deteriorating conditions of natural ecosystems worldwide. It advocates for better stewardship of natural resources and campaigns for countries to adopt principles of natural capital accountancy into their economic policy decisions. Leveraging cutting-edge technology, AI, satellite images and cloud computing, Earth.Org presents accessible, synthesised and engaging content for educational, advocacy and policy purposes.

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.