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Closing the Loop Festival (Early Bird Tickets available)

14 Jul


The GreenFest by Hysan is an annual event to engage and inspire our new generations to take affirmative action towards a more sustainable future. The event brings together young people and top change-makers from across Hong Kong to immerse themselves on a different sustainability-related topic each year.

Rooftop Republic is proud to partner with Hysan again to bring you its second edition in November 2019. This year’s GreenFest will be themed around innovative ideas and creative solutions for individuals and industries to pave the way towards a circular economy.

Saturday 16 November
Panel Discussions
1) Rethinking Waste & Living A Zero Waste Lifestyle
2) The Future is Plant-based Food – Let’s Get Technical (Food Technology)
3) Food Economics”

Workshops
1) Live Zero Waste:
Split up into a series of exciting workshops participants will learn how to create art, up-cycle and recycle plastic, as well as, rethink the way we consume and dispose by making their own common household and beauty products without the plastic waste. Workshops will be DIY and educational!

2) Connect with Your Food:
Split up into a series of exciting workshops participants will participate in activities centred around urban farming, growing your own food, composting, cooking and living a plant-based lifestyle. Workshops will be focused on youth leadership and action.

Ticket includes full day entry to panel discussions and workshops. Includes lunch and beverages.

Sunday 17 November
Panel Discussions
1) Closing the Loop Within Our City Systems Paving the the way to Circular Economy through Innovation & Tech
2) Circular Fashion and Sustainability

Workshops
1) Circular Communities & Cities:
Split up into a series of exciting workshops participants will learn how to close the loop regarding common societal and economic industries found in cities; they will connect the dots & rethink ideas on how to utilise energy, architecture and design, air quality, and waste management to build a circular economy!

2) Circular Fashion Design:
Join our fashion carnival where participants can participate in DIY activities such as screen printing, denim embellishing & embroidery, and natural dying techniques. Participate in the clothing swap and learn how to incorporate circular fashion in your everyday lives.

This ticket includes entry to panel discussions and workshops. Lunch and beverages are included.

Date: Saturday & Sunday, November 16-17, 2019

Time: 9:30 am – 4:30pm

Place: Hysan Place Sky Garden (4/F)

Price:
Single Day ticket: $150 (Early bird ticket $100)
Two Day ticket: $250 (Early bird ticket $180)
To buy your ticket please follow this link to Pelago.

About Greenfest by Hysan: Greenfest is an initiative by Hysan development, part of Lee Gardens Group. Hysan and Lee Gardens have established a guiding principle of being a responsible business, where sustainable development has long been an integral part of our culture and thinking.

To reinforce the message about global food insecurity, and to engage the next generations to take positive action towards a more sustainable future, they partnered with Rooftop Republic to launch the first ever GreenFest by Hysan at Hysan Place with the theme for 2018: Rethink our Food!

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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.

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.

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.