Tag Archives: conservation

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.

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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.

Countryside Clean-Up w/ Waste Free HK – Maclehose Trail 1-2

25 Apr


Plogging is a combination of jogging with picking up litter (Swedish: plocka upp). It started as an organised activity in Sweden around 2016 and spread to other countries in 2018, following increased concern about plastic pollution. As a workout, it provides variation in body movements by adding bending, squatting and stretching to the main action of running.

Over the course of the coming months (weather permitting) Waste Free HK is going to be hiking along the entire MacLehose trail from Sai Kung to Tuen Mun. Their aim is to leave the entire trail as clean as possible and getting fit along the way!

Many people are well aware of the danger of plastic pollution in our country parks and in the oceans, however, those of us who unfortunately continue to dispose of rubbish poorly, as well as due to strong winds, Hong Kong’s country parks are riddled with rubbish.

Items left lying around do not naturally decompose, either. Many of these items will remain on this planet for hundreds of years if not forever.

You could accidentally lose a plastic bottle in 2019 and, if untouched, still be able to go back and collect it from the same spot hundreds of years later.

Join Waste Free HK as ‘Green Ambassadors‘ you can make a difference not just to the state of the country parks, but also help those out there who may not be aware of the dangers of pollution to better understand the importance of the R’s of environmentalism: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose, Repair and of course… Refuse!

Dates:
Maclehose Trail Section 5 – May 5th – 10:00 – 13:00 **

Maclehose Trail Section 8 – May 13th – 09:00 – 15:00 ** (Hike followed by a BBQ)

Maclehose Trail Section 1/2 – May 19th – 09:00 – 17:00 **

Maclehose Trail Section 10 – June 1st – 09:00 – 14:00 *

Maclehose Trail Section 6/7 – September 22nd – 10:00 – 14:00 **

Maclehose Trail Section 4 – October 6th – 10:00 – 15:00 ***

Maclehose Trail Section 9 – October 27th – 09:00 – 14:00 *

Maclehose Trail Section 3 – November 24th – 10:00 – 14:00 ***

* – Easy
** – Medium difficulty
*** – Difficult

These hikes are considered some of Hong Kong’s most beautiful routes, with green landscapes for kilometres and views of the metropolis below. Aside from just hiking and picking up rubbish, you will also have a lot of fun and surely make new friends!

For those attending these events, there is a $20 charge to help support future events.

# If you prefer to pay in cash, please RSVP through the Facebook page and Waste Free HK can collect your contribution at the hike. Waste Free HK hopes that with your support they can continue to grow as an organisation and work towards bigger, more exciting projects!

See you at the Maclehose!

# The BBQ will have food provided for a fee. We will provide all cutlery for anyone who wishes to join the BBQ, as well as food and drinks. IF you wish to bring your own food, just a reminder that Waste Free HK is a meat-free organisation and hope to promote a vegan lifestyle for our health, the animals and the planet!

Price: $20

About Waste Free HK: Waste Free HK is an organisation aiming to promote a sustainable lifestyle through education, events and campaigning.

May 4th Mother’s Day Plog and Cleanup

13 Apr


Let’s kick off the summer with a plog! And what better way to celebrate Mother’s Day (a week in advance because we’re that eager) than by giving back to Mother nature herself. And with the date so strategically selected, why not have The Force push us thru this plog?

Eco Marine Adventure Cleanup, Encompass and HKPloggers are joining forces to host a coastal trail cleanup from Mui Wo ferry pier in South Lantau from 2:00pm to around 6:00pm. 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 back spots. The total distance of the plog will be around 7km with around 200m elevation gain. Do not fret, The Force welcomes all skill levels of hikers into the team – the more, the merrier!

Meeting Time and Date: 2:00pm, Saturday 4th May 2019

Meeting Place: Mui Wo ferry pier https://goo.gl/maps/kXtDCGtEUWn

Transport: Ferry from Central or 3M bus from Tung Chung

What to Wear: Hiking/Sports clothes and shoes. Long tights/trousers since we 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 1 L 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 by following this link to their Facebook if you will 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 to catalyze action for integrating this mindset into all aspects of contemporary urban life.

Beach Clean & Dolphin Watch 20 Apr

9 Apr


Celebrate Earth Day! Head out to the Soko Islands to clean a beach and try spotting dolphins or endangered finless porpoises along the way.

These environmental NGOs will discuss ideas for going plastic-free and creating a circular economy with you, so plenty to learn, stop plastic from entering our oceans, is there a better way to celebrate Earth Day?

Date: Saturday, 20 April 2019

Time: 9:30am – 5pm

Place: Tung Chung MTR Exit C (meet at 9:30am)

Price: $850 adults / $650 children (5-18 years)

Email dana@plasticfreeseas.org for more details!

About Ark Eden: Ark Eden presents Lantau Island as a living, world-class natural environmental wonder within China and Asia and suggests how its natural assets can be used to benefit education, local communities, Hong Kong residents and overseas visitors — all of us.

Ark Eden aims to preserve the island’s ecological, geographical, historical and cultural heritage by following a sustainable lifestyle and by providing inspiring educational and eco-tourism opportunities for children, adults, residents and tourists.

They do this through a series of integrated workshops, field trips and camps designed to lead every participant towards a better understanding of the environment and what everyone’s role is in conservation, preservation and sustainability.

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

Serve-a-thon Hong Kong 2019

1 Apr


Hong Kong’s Inconvenient Truth:
Despite Hong Kong’s wealth, nearly 15 per cent of residents lack the ability to meet their most basic needs. At greatest risk are those unable to stand up for themselves, without a voice. There are more than 9,000 non-profit organizations in Hong Kong dedicated to supporting some of these groups most in need. Many of them depend on the support of volunteers to make their programs possible. Serve-a-thon helps to address this need and provides meaningful volunteer opportunities for those willing to serve.

Hong Kong’s ‘community service week‘ brings together NGOs, corporates, schools, civic organizations, government and media to roll up their sleeves and volunteer. The aim is to raise public awareness around the importance of community service to help address social issues. Join HandsOn Hong Kong May 4th through 12th 2019!

Serve-a-thon 2018 mobilized the community to give more than 6,200 hours of their time to support 18,000+ of Hong Kong’s most in need, addressing issues such as poverty, education, assisting the elderly, empowering people with disabilities, environmental conservation and more.

Why Volunteer? Join Hong Kong’s community service marathon and be part of this important initiative that gives back to the community:
* Learn more about Hong Kong’s pressing social issues
* Familiarize yourself with Hong Kong’s vibrant NGO sector and its valuable work serving those in need
* Sample different types of volunteer activities at different times of the week
* Participation is FREE for individuals and groups
* All volunteer hours will be counted and collectively reported following Serve-a-thon

Register Now!
Volunteer as a group:
* Click on their calendar and select the activity of your choice on a day and time convenient to your team
* If you are not already a member, please join and wait for your membership confirmation email
* Invite team members to join the selected activity (they will each need to register)
* Once registered, you will each receive an email confirming your activity

Volunteer as an individual:
* Click on their calendar and select the activity of your choice on a day and time convenient for you
* If you are not already a member, please join and wait for your membership confirmation email
* Once registered, you will receive an email confirming your activity

Please note:
* Sign ups for activities are taken on a first come, first served basis
* Registration is free to individuals or small groups (families, friends, schools, civic organizations)
* Corporations are required to follow the corporate registration procedure

Date: Saturday, May 4th — Sunday, May 12th 2019

For more information:
Telephone
852-2481-8092 (For NGOs and individual volunteers)
852-2815-2558 (For corporates)
Email
serveathonhk@handsonhongkong.org

About HandsOn Hong Kong: HandsOn Hong Kong is a registered charity whose mission is to mobilize and empower the community to meet pressing social needs through volunteer services. Their team develops service programs to help local, under-served non-profit organizations and connects them with the volunteer manpower they need to achieve their mission. Each month, HandsOn organizes more than 100 volunteer activities as a free public service, supporting their 90+ NGO partners who focus on causes such as alleviating poverty, educating children, assisting the elderly, empowering people with disabilities, feeding the poor, supporting animal welfare, environmental conservation and more. They also help companies achieve CSR and community engagement objectives by developing bespoke volunteer programs for employees.

Lamma Island Hike Cleanup – 14 April

16 Mar


Hong Kong has a huge trash problem, that is no secret. Whether you are traversing through a country park, relaxing at a beach or walking through the busy metropolis, it is impossible to avoid waste.

Unfortunately, a lot of rubbish gets neglected until it is too late. Contrary to what many people may think, even waste in the city centre, through being washed into the gutter, can end up in the ocean.

Waste Free HK’s goal is to avoid this scenario as much as possible through urban cleanups, making sure to leave places spotless.

This time you will be doing something different. A group hike across Lamma island, where you will then finish at a beach, clean up and have a little party.

HK Ploggers and collaborating organisations are working with Helper Choice for this clean up event, which is an amazing organisation working connecting 200,000+ of employers and domestic helpers directly and ethically. This is not their first time working on a clean up event, and many of their members are amazing individuals.

The event will begin at 11:00. There is a ferry at both 10:00 and 10:30 to Yung Shue Wan that takes you directly to the ferry. You will begin with your hike of the island, finishing up at the beach.

Reusable bags and gloves will be provided to anyone who RSVP’s, however please feel free to bring your own.

Date: Sunday, 14 April 2019

Time: 11am – 3pm

Place: Yung Shue Wan Ferry Pier

Registration: To register for this plog, please follow this link

For enquiries, please email hkploggers@gmail.com

Disclaimer:
For those participating in a plog, hike or any other event organised by HK Ploggers and collaborating organisations, whether in the countryside or a busy urban area, could potentially lead to injury. HK Ploggers and its partners are not responsible for any injuries cause during events and individuals are responsible for themselves. If you have any underlying medical conditions, please make them known before. You must have medical clearance from your doctor before you engage in any exercise program, and plogging is no different.

When you attend an event, you waive and release HK Ploggers and any other co-organiser, their members and sponsors from all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of your participation in any events.

About Waste Free HK: Waste Free HK is an organisation aiming to promote a sustainable lifestyle through education, events and campaigning.

Established in Early 2018, WFHK has begun organising various cleanup activities across Hong Kong, the first ‘Plastic Attack’ in the city with the aim of building a better relationship with major chains with the hope of stronger dialogue, as well as building a relationship with various government bodies with the goal of working together to reduce the waste issue blighting our beautiful city.