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Earth Hour 2020 – 28 March

21 Feb


Started by WWF and partners as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now one of the world’s largest grassroots movements for the environment, engaging millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories. It has become a catalyst for positive environmental impact, driving major legislative changes by harnessing the power of the people.

2020 is a watershed year for our planet’s future. We have just 10 years to meet urgent goals set out to rein in the world’s climate crisis and preserve the Earth’s biodiversity.

Nature is essential for all the things we need to survive and thrive. But human activity is pushing the natural system we all rely on to the edge, threatening all life on Earth.

World leaders must commit to an ambitious New Deal for Nature and People that protects and restores nature by 2030 – safeguarding at least 30 per cent of natural spaces and sustainably managing the rest, while limiting global warning to 1.5C.

To achieve that we must start at home, where there’s much to be done to reach our goal of transforming Hong Kong into Asia’s most sustainable city.

We can transform Hong Kong’s natural environment by:

Protecting our Wetlands
With local biodiversity at risk, we need to protect wetlands of ecological value from unauthorised habitat destruction

Managing our Oceans
This year is potentially our last chance to protect Hong Kong’s Chinese white dolphins by expanding our marine protected areas, particularly in waters off West and South Lantau. We need 30% of our waters to be designated as MPAs by 2030!

Revolutionising Energy
In order to do our part in tackling the climate crisis, Hong Kong needs to scale up use of renewable energy by embracing new technology in order to meet our 10% RE target by 2030.

Rewilding Our Wild
As a major hub for the illegal wildlife trade, Hong Kong must strengthen enforcement against the poaching, trafficking and consumption of the world’s most threatened species. We call for the shutdown of all wildlife markets across Asia and for communities to protect and help restore wildlife populations.

Change the way we live, change the way YOU live. Take the Earth Hour Pledge now!

Date: 28 March 2020

Time: 8:30-9:30pm

Place: Everywhere

Price: What’s the earth worth to you?

World Wildlife day – Hope and Heroes charity luncheon 3 Mar

9 Feb


Join WildAid to celebrate the World Wildlife day at their Hope and Heroes charity luncheon.

This would be WildAid‘s very first fundraiser in Hong Kong… where you will meet WildAid China Chief representative Steve Blake, and two very special speakers.

The luncheon will be held at the beautiful Sky Lounge at Upper house in Pacific Place.

Guests will enjoy a delicious luncheon with a special silent auction and raffle…

Buy a raffle ticket on the day and you will have a chance to win a 3-night stay at the beautiful Aleenta Resort in Phuket as well as many other prizes…

Please Be The HERO and join WildAid in making an impact in the lives of the Wildlife animals – When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too!

For more information, please contact Eva via eva@wildaid.org

Date: Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Time: 12-2pm

Place: The Upper House, 88 Queensway, Admiralty

Price:
Regular lunch ticket – $880
To buy your ticket, please follow this link to Eventbrite

About WildAid: WildAid is a non-profit organization with a mission to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes. While most wildlife conservation groups focus on protecting animals from poaching, WildAid primarily works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products such as elephant ivory, rhino horn, and shark fin soup. With an unrivalled portfolio of celebrity ambassadors and a global network of media partners, WildAid leverages more than $230 million in annual pro-bono media support with a simple message: When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too. For more information, visit WildAid.org

Hoi Ha Biodiversity Excursion – 23 Feb

5 Feb


The new year is a good time for hiking and exploring Hong Kong wildlife.

In this excursion, EncompassHK will first lead you to experience one of the most innovative outdoor water stations by Urban Spring at the Park Tam Chung Sai Kung Country Park visitor center. They’ll also teach you how to make use of iNaturalist and compete in the April’s worldwide City Nature Challenge.

Program

⁃ Introduction to iNatrualist and City Nature Challenge

⁃ Introduction to Sustainable Development Goals (especailly on responsible consumption) and Urban Springs outdoor wells.

⁃ Introduction to marine fauna with expert guide Dr. Cynthia Yau

⁃ Marine naturalist ID with a demonstration of the iNaturalist app

⁃ 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 developmental issues at Hoi Ha Wan (by Friends of Hoi Ha chairperson Nicola Newbury)

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. We will explore the diversity of marine life in the mangrove and sandy shore habitats at HHW.

The City Nature Challenge is a friendly international competition that encourages people to go outside and discover the local wildlife. Simply observe and take pictures of plants and animals in natural areas near you on the free app, iNaturalist. No prior experience necessary – anyone and everyone is welcome to participate!

Who: 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: Sunday, 23 February 2020

Time: 10:30am – 5pm
(Coach will return to Kowloon Tong with drop off at Choi Hung station by 5 pm)

Place: 10:30am outside Kowloon Tong Exit C

Price: $280 (including coach fee, guided walk, light lunch, 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, so we do not advise you to drive there.

About Encompass HK: Encompass HK, a local social enterprise promoting the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.

2020 WWF Big Bird Race

5 Jan


Big Bird Race is WWF-Hong Kong’s longest-running birdwatchers event. Generating strong enthusiasm locally and from overseas, the event has grown in the last three decades, attracting teams that will vie to spot the most species in 12 hours. For novice birdwatchers, WWF-Hong Kong has a secondary-school race (for Trainee teams) to give young participants a chance to learn more about birds and birdwatching through a full-day training course and participate in the Big Bird Race. Funds raised by teams directly contribute to the habitat management of Mai Po Nature Reserve, to give birds and other wildlife a better home. Stay tuned for the race arrangements.

Youth Team Race
Alongside the annual professional race, WWF-Hong Kong launched a new race for secondary-school students last year with a full-day training course provided prior to the 4.5 hour race. The secondary school race aims to help young participants learn more about nature in a practical and engaging way, while grooming the next generation of bird-lovers to take part in the conservation of Mai Po Nature Reserve. This race also aims to emphasise the importance of securing the management of Mai Po Nature Reserve. The second edition of the Youth Team Race rides on the huge success of last year’s inaugural event. Results from this race will contribute to the data analysis of the Mai Po Nature Reserve management. Click here for Race Arrangements.

Date: Saturday, 15 February 2020
Registration close for Secondary School Race – 17 January
Registration close for Professional Race – 31 January

Time: 6am – 6pm

Place: Geographically, teams may start anywhere in Hong Kong but must end at Island House to submit their log books.

Price:
Minimum team donation: HK$6,500
*Each team will be made up of four members, including a team captain. Teams may be accompanied by one extra non-bird-watching recorder.

About WWF-Hong Kong: Found in 1961, WWF (then known as the World Wildlife Fund) was registered as a charity in Switzerland with the aim of conserving wildlife and habitats. In the years to come, WWF has broadened this focus to the wider implications of man’s activities on the environment.

WWF establishes office in Hong Kong in 1981, with a mission to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

Hill’s x SPCA (HK) Dogathon 2020

1 Jan

Entering the 34th SPCA’s annual charity dog walk “Dogathon” and its re-innovation, the theme for the first time this year will be “’12 Zodiac Animals Walk Together”. SPCA has invited the PR ambassador of popular clothing brand ad-lib, “P Jai” the Shiba Inu, to dress himself up into the images of the 12 Zodiac Animals, symbolising the important responsibility of protecting all animals and striving for all animal lovers to take that important step for animals.

This year’s Dogathon offers a different combination in several categories includes: an individual group, a family group and an organisation group. You can freely combine any person and dog to suit any individual, family, pet owner and doggie, or even a group of friends or organisation to participate. All participants are welcome to dress up as their own zodiac animals costume with P Jai the Shiba Inu, and ‘walk together in luck’ with thousands of doggies and kind-hearted people! The event venue also features a ‘Zodiac Blessing’ photo zone, so that you can leave the most beautiful memories for an unforgettable moment!

The Dogathon is not only a charity walk, but also a grand party that combines handicraft, creativity, play, and pet knowledge! At the 10th anniversary of the Dogathon at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, SPCA has injected more vitality into the event and are preparing for a number of exciting programmes including PET X Handicraft Market, SPCA Education Theatre, Woof & Bricks Art Walk, Agility Games, Dog Health Talk and the SPCA Charity Sale, so that every participant and participating doggie can have the time of their lives!

Each successful applicant and doggie will receive souvenirs. A special gifts for donors whose donation reaches the designated amount. While stock lasts, the serving priority goes to participants who achieved a specific donation amount fist.

Date: Sunday, 5 January 2019

Time:
Registration 7:30-8am
Kick off 8:30am
Finish 3pm

Place: Hong Kong Disneyland Resort Coach Park

Price: For minimum donations please refer to the registration form by following this link.

About SPCA: The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was first formed by a group of volunteers in 1903 and became active in 1921.

Although they are the first charity in Hong Kong to deal with all aspects of animal welfare, SPCA obtains around only 1% of their funding from the government. The rest of their funding comes from the generosity of the general public, for which they are extremely grateful.

One last word before Christmas…give generously

17 Dec

This will be the last blog post of the year. As we dive into the Festive Season, spare a thought for those less fortunate. With the continued social unrest, it’s been a particularly difficult year for nonprofits to raise funds with many fundraising events either postponed or cancelled. They need your help more than ever.

So please spare a thought for them and donate generously. The organisations listed under Volunteer Opportunities on this blog would welcome your donations.

Happy Holidays, posts will resume in the New Year!

WWF Connect2Nature 4 Kids

13 Dec


Through outdoor experiential learning at WWF learning centres, children learn about the link between humans and nature, nurturing a positive attitude towards our natural environment.

Features
Explore incredible natural environments
Learn about nature at Mai Po Nature Reserve, Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park and Hoi Ha Marine Life Centre, Tai Po natural coastline & Island House Conservation Studies Centre

Enjoy nature in a FUN way
Children develop an appreciation for nature through experiential learning and citizen science activities in natural habitats

Enhance collaborative skills
Group missions encourage active communication and collaboration among children

Learn from experienced educators
Facilitate children’s experience that can be applied to their daily life

Programme starts in January — book your place now!

JUNIOR ORNITHOLOGIST

Ever wondered why Mai Po Nature Reserve is called a bird paradise?

Join WWF’s Junior Ornithologist programme and let your kids view first-hand the thousands of migratory birds that pass through the reserve each year. Kids ages 6-12 will discover the world of ornithology while developing patience and observation skills through bird watching, games and a variety of other activities, including keeping a “wild journal”. Limited capacity.
Age: 6-12
Activity Time: 8:30am to 5:30pm

Date: 11, 12, 18 January 2020

Time:
Morning
Explore Hong Kong’s only wetland nature reserve
Fun games about birds
Lunch @ Mai Po Nature Reserve (provided by WWF)
Afternoon
Observe and record migratory birds

Place: Mai Po Nature Reserve

Price: HK$ 900/child
For more information and to register please follow this link.

JUNIOR URBAN ECOLOGIST

Be one of WWF’s Junior Urban Ecologists and discover Hong Kong’s rich and extraordinary urban biodiversity at city parks and natural coastlines. Through games and observation at Tai Po Waterfront Park and Island House Conservation Studies Centre, children and parents will learn about the relationship between organisms and the environment, while nurturing interest in local species. They will also create their own urban “Pokédex” for recording urban wildlife encountered.

Date: 8, 22,23 February 2020

Time:
Morning
Learn about urban ecology through interactive games
Discover urban biodiversity
Lunch @ Island House (provided by WWF)
Afternoon
Natural coastal exploration
Create urban “Pokédex”
Age: 6-12 (must be accompanied by at least 1 adult)
Activity Time: 8:30am to 5:30pm

Place: Tai Po Waterfront Park and Island House Conservation Studies Centre

Price: HK$ 1350 (1 Child and 1 parent) ,
HK$ 900 for 2nd Child,
HK$ 450 for 2nd parent
For more information and to register please follow this link.

JUNIOR OCEANOGRAPHER

Kids will explore a marine environment and experience the work of an oceanographer at Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park. They will learn to observe beach organisms as well as microscopic plankton and investigate seawater quality and its relationship with marine life. The programme content aligns with General Studies curriculum and STEM education.

Date: 19, 25, 26 April 2020

Time:
Morning
Coastal exploration
Use of scientific equipment to find out characteristics of seawater
Lunch @ Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park (provided by WWF)
Afternoon
Plankton observation & art workshop
Coral observation on glass-bottom boat
Age: 6-12
Activity Time: 8:30am to 5:30pm

Place: Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park

Price: HK$ 900/child
For more information and to register please follow this link.

About WWF HK: 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, they have expanded and adjusted their mission to better serve Hong Kong’s conservation and education needs and align themselves with WWF’s global strategy.