Volunteer for Hong Kong Shark Foundation


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 alone. As apex predators, sharks are a crucial part of the marine food chain. The demand for shark products has contributed to the rapid decline of many species, with several already 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.

Hong Kong Shark Foundation (HKSF) is a registered charity dedicated exclusively to shark conservation. HKAF aims to raise awareness about shark conservation, particularly the unsustainable practice of shark finning, and to reduce consumption of shark products in Hong Kong.

HKSF believes this a rare opportunity for people everywhere, especially in Hong Kong, to make a significant impact on a global scale. Please act now by helping to raise awareness about shark conservation and by educating people to reduce the consumption of shark products globally to save the world’s sharks.

Volunteer: People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some, it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others, it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience. Regardless of the motivation, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding.

Volunteering for HKSF is a great way to get personally involved in shark conservation and saving sharks. HKSF is a local Hong Kong charity that welcomes ALL volunteers from interns and IT experts to office admins and fundraisers to student Shark Ambassadors and animal activists.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information on HKSF‘s work, please email info@hksharkfoundation.org

Support conservation, become a KFBG Member

In a time of severe global crisis, including the inter-related issues of widespread disconnection from nature, each other and self, the ever-increasing exploitation of and unwise reliance on the world’s dwindling resources to support unsustainable lifestyle, climate change; shrinking of natural habitats and species loss, the Kadoorie Farm & Botanical Garden, one of Hong Kong’s oldest conservation organisations, raises awareness, undertakes rigorous science-based species conservation and ecosystem restoration, and offers new ways of thinking and living to respond to the world’s problems. Their work brings hope and improvement by focusing on nature conservation, sustainable living and holistic education that reconnects people with nature.

Become a Member of KFBG now, and share in their efforts to make the world a better place. As a member, you can also enjoy exclusive benefits and keep in closer touch with KFBG.

Follow this link to see the types of membership on offer and to apply.

For enquiries please contact Sophia Sit (Partnerships Department)
Tel: 2483 7279
Email: membership@kfbg.org

About KFBG: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) is spread over 148 hectares of land on the northern slopes of Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong’s highest mountain, near the town of Tai Po.

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, KFBG‘s work and influence today spread far beyond the KFBG site. KFBG raises awareness of ecological and sustainability issues, undertake species conservation and ecosystem restoration in Hong Kong and South China, reconnecting people with nature, and promoting sustainable lifestyles.

Volunteer with HeroesToo

The vision guiding the HeroesToo mission is to promote an eco-friendly world through collective collaboration of simple changes in daily habits. HeroesToo’s mission is harnessing individual actions through the EcoPledge Program to generate a mass momentum for change for a better environment

HeroesToo is a registered Hong Kong charity established in July 2010, dedicated to restoring and protecting our environment. HeroesToo achieves its mission through the EcoPledge Program, engaging and empowering the community to take action. HeroesToo supports the UN Global Citizen Campaign working with the UN Global Goals taking action on sustainability, global health and climate change. HeroesToo is an affiliate member of the Hong Kong Business Environment Council, engaging with various stakeholders in promoting Hong Kong’s environmental sustainability.

The HeroesToo EcoPledge Education Program inspires and empowers the community, to engage in eco-friendly habits to bring about a sustainable world. HeroesToo aspires to expand their outreach eco-education program to create the impact needed to undo the environmental damage done.

All of you can be environmental heroes!

What you can do to help
Volunteer:
Volunteer your time and help with their workshops. If you interested, please complete the contact form by following this link.

For more information, email info@heroestoo.com or call 6403 0208

What else?:
Use less energy
Being mindful of your energy consumption is a great way to save money and help the environment.

Eat less meat
Did you know choosing a plant-based diet is the most powerful thing you can do for the environment and your health?

Create less waste
How much of your consumption is ending up in landfills?

Mui Wo Community Ghost Net Action co-organised by Living Islands Movement and Eco Marine – 27 Sept


Since early April 2020, Mark from Living Islands Movement has been snorkelling, surveying the coastline between Mui Wo Beach, SMB to Man Kok Wan and has discovered multiple ghost nets in shallow waters, trapping and killing marine life including fish and numerous crabs. This action aims to gather together community members to remove these nets over 2020.

To date, 80+ large nets cleared from within an approximately 1km stretch of coastline Tung Wan Tau to Man Kok Wan.

Join Living Islands Movement and Eco Marine in their next action date is Sunday 27th September 2020 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm to take advantage of the low tide.

Date: Sunday, 27th September 2020

Time: 1-5pm

Place: Meet at No Name Store on Silvermine Bay Beach
(Google Maps: NONAME STORE, 10號 Tung Wan Tau Rd, Mui Wo
6122 9804
https://goo.gl/maps/EtaNfyBmQhaVes4E7)

For important details and what to wear and bring please refer to the below google doc:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pbukKfgKcW3W7EWWvkjUccmneiS4t7du9__xI6hYZiY/edit

To register: Sign up by clicking going on Facebook Event! Active kids 8 and over and adults are welcome. All kids from 8 to 16 years need to be accompanied by a parent or responsible adults

About Eco Marine: Eco Marine envisions a society where nature and modern urban life thrive.

Plastic Free July

Join millions of people reducing their plastic waste!


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Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?


Don’t know where to start?:

Why not Investigate your Plastic Footprint?

Kickstart July with a Plastic Footprint Investigation of your home or in your office? You will find out which plastic products are your problem plastics and you will be able to see exactly how much plastic you will save after taking on the challenge?

You can find out how by following this link

What else can you do:

Did you know… During COVID reusable cups are still safe to use?

As a result of the rise in plastic use and disposable items, a consortium of scientists penned a statement saying that reusable containers do not increase the risk of transmission. The statement was signed by 119 scientists from 18 different countries. It includes epidemiologists, virologists, biologists, chemists and doctors, who all agree that the best available guidance from public health professionals says reusable cups, bags and containers are perfectly safe to use as long as people employ simple and basic hygiene.

Choose a Washable, Reusable Face Mask

Millions of face masks are used every day in Hong Kong but studies have shown that reusable and washable face masks are safe to use. We are seeing the impacts of the disposable masks littered in the environment and floating in our ocean. Disposable masks are made from polypropylene and will not breakdown in any meaningful timeframe. There are reusable masks readily available in shops, online and from the HK government.

Find about this and more from the Plastic Free Seas website

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.

COVID-19 Hong Kong Virtual Marathon

Get ready to run your own course at the FringeBacker COVID-19 Hong Kong Virtual Marathon. Choose your own challenge, from stretching your skills to a 42KM Full Marathon, 21KM Half Marathon, to trying out a 3KM/5KM /10KM Fun Walk or Run. With social distancing in place, you can complete it remotely and creatively in whatever ways convenient for you, such as run your neighbourhood, local trails, treadmill, stairs, walk the dog in parks, anywhere!

FringeBacker has partnered with a record-breaking of over 35 Hong Kong charities in this event. These include:
Aids Concern
Aids Foundation
Asian Charity Services
Changing Young Lives Foundation
Children’s Heart Foundation
Ebenezer School and Home for the Visually Impaired
Renaissance Foundation
Food Angel
Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong
HandsOn Hong Kong
Heifer Hong Kong
HER Fund
Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation
Hong Kong Children In Need Foundation
Hong Kong Dog Rescue
Hong Kong Outward Bound
Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation
ImpactHK
InspiringHK Sports Foundation
Justice Centre Hong Kong
Kely Support Group
Kids4Kids
LAP Lifelong Animal Protection Charity Limited
Lok Sin Tong
Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong
Oxfam Hong KongPathfinders
Plan Internationa;
Resolve Foundation
Ronald McDonald House
Run HK
Sai Kung Stray Friends
SoapCycling Hong Kong
The Boys’ Brigade Hong Kong
The Conservancy Association
The Hub
World Vision
Each of them will be sharing how COVID-19 pandemic has affected their cause and how we can all help in a meaningful way.

This initiative will provide a positive channel for all to know more about Hong Kong charities. To make each step count, participants choose from the 35 Charity Partners they want to support.

For those already active in the running scene, it’s a great way to keep yourself motivated while exercising on your own and to prepare for events ahead.

For beginners, introduce your family and friends to running and to jumpstart some physical training from Couch to 3KM!

Participants will also get a finisher’s meal, e-goodie bag overflowing with cash coupons and wonderful gifts from everyone’s favourite shops.

How to complete a virtual marathon:

Time: Sign up and complete your run by June 30!

Register Now: To register, please follow this link to FringeBacker

For enquiries please email cs@fringebacker.com

WWF-HK Island House Festival – 29 Feb

If you are bored cooped up at home from too much home office, how about spending a day in the great outdoors at WWF’s Island House Conservation Studies Centre in Tai Po?

Discover sustainable solutions to change the way we live at Island House Conservation Studies Centre in Tai Po with talks from conservation experts, eco-guided visits around the historic building and surrounding grounds, film screenings and some game booths. Come visit with your family and friends and learn how to reduce your ecological footprint.

Date: 29th February – 1st March, 2020 (Sat & Sun)

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Place: Island House Conservation Studies Centre, Tai Po, see map here

Price: $50.00 – $60.00
All participants receive 30 days WWF-Hong Kong membership and one food coupon & one beverage coupon to be used at the festival.

To register, please follow this link

For enquiries, please email community@wwf.org.hk or call the service hotline at 2161 9631

About WWF HK: WWF Hong Kong (WWF HK) is the independent branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature in Hong Kong. It was established in 1981 as World Wildlife Fund Hong Kong an environmental organization in Hong Kong and has Conservation, Climate & Energy and Education programmes in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

WWF Hong Kong has over 120 full-time staff working in five offices located in Kwai Hing, Central, Tai Po, Mai Po, and Hoi Ha Wan[1] with nine voluntary committees made up of over 50 people. WWF’s Hong Kong’s current membership is about 230,000.

WWF Hong Kong carrying out biodiversity research across Hong Kong, such as the firefly surveys of their Mai Po Marshes nature reserve. The surveys have also incorporated citizen science participation and using this approach to further monitor biodiversity across Hong Kong, WWF has incorporated iNaturalist and the City Nature Challenge into activities at their Mai Po and Hoi Ha Wan centres. Other Citizen Science activities they’ve helped coordinate in Hong Kong include the ecological survey and coastal clean-up programme called Coastal Watch.

World Wildlife day – Hope and Heroes charity luncheon 3 Mar


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


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.