Tag Archives: conservation

Volunteer opportunity: Ghostnet Recovery South Lantau – 10 Nov

30 Oct

Join OceansAsia to do some good for the ocean. OceansAsia is heading out to recover ghost nets (abandoned fishing gear) that has accumulated along the rocky shorelines of South Lantau.

Several years back OceansAsia collected 4 tons in just a few hours. OceansAsia is aiming to do the same again.

Ghost Nets are a major issue for local marine wildlife. They are abandoned fishing nets that continue to kill for years after they were dumped.

Volunteers will be responsible for their own safety as OceansAsia will be operating on slippery rocks at low tide in hard to access areas. Must be able to swim, everyone must wear dive shoes or old trainers, wear gloves and be relatively fit.

Ghost nets are tangled in among the rocks just below the surface and you will be hauling them onto kayaks, cutting free any trapped wildlife that is still alive (the most rewarding part of the day) and then you transfer the nets to OceansAsia’s boat to be moved to a nearby beach. These will be collected later by Marine Department in the coming days.

Spaces limited on Amberjack leaving from Discovery Bay, however OceansAsia will be able to pick up people from Pui O beach and transfer to the location on Chi Ma Wan.

Any paddle clubs or people with their own boats welcome to join. If you are having a junk trip that day, why not drop by the bay and make the day even more rewarding.

This event is made possible with generous funding from the SunTrekker Event.

Date: Sunday, 10 November 2019

Time: 11am – 3pm

Place: Discovery Bay

If you are interested, please sign up on their Facebook page by following this link.

For enquiries please email gary@oceansasia.org

About OceansAsia: After decades of working in marine conservation, co-founders Gary Stokes and Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff combined their complementary skills to form OceansAsia in 2019. Gary, a professional photographer and diving instructor, previously served as the Director of Sea Shepherd Asia, and was the founder of Oceanic Love. He honed his skills as an investigator over the course of nearly two decades of investigating and exposing the shark fin industry.

Teale is a professional researcher and academic, whose work focuses on illegal fishing and the strategic use of law by non-state actors. Through his consultancy, The Idea Tree, he has consulted with numerous conservation organizations on a wide range of issues.

Their complementary skills combine to help deliver the intelligence-based conservation model of OceansAsia.

Hong Kong 24 Hour Race 2019

8 Oct


The 24 Hour Race is back in Hong Kong!

There is no better place to be this fall. Join in for hot music, mouth-watering food, games and entertainment, all the while taking part in fighting human trafficking.

On November 30, 2019, hundreds of high school students around Hong Kong gather for 24 hours on a mission to end slavery.

All you have to do is get a team of 8 together to run for 24 hours.

Worried about being hungry during the race? This year 25 Hour Race has teamed up with Antonin Catering to provide you all with a wide range of selections for lunch and dinner! You can select meals as “add ons” to your early bird ticket.

Get your tickets now!

Date: Saturday, 30 November – Sunday, 1 December 2019

Place: Lugard Road, The Peak

Price: $320 per person

For more information about food, to register etc. please follow this link to EventBrite

About 24 Hour Race: The 24 Hour Race is a global, student-led abolitionist movement.

24 Hour Race run 24 hours once a year to advocate for the millions of men, women and children locked in the chains of slavery today.

24 Hour Race raises millions of dollars to spearhead the fight against slavery, working with The Exodus Road, creating advocacy campaigns and spreading the 24 Hour Race movement globally.

24 Hour Race will not stop until every person is freed from slavery.

If you’d like to learn more about their abolitionist movement, impact strategy or anything else, reach out to 24 Hour Race at hello@24hourrace.org

The 25th Kadoorie Brothers Memorial Race

2 Oct


The race is held in memory of the Kadoorie brothers, Lord Lawrence and Sir Horace. The length of the course is 5.7 km, from the KFBG Lower Area (at 130m elevation), and rises steeply uphill along roads, through various beautiful sections of Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden, finishing at the Kadoorie Brothers Memorial Pavilion (at 602m elevation). It is a challenging and rewarding uphill race.

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Date: Sunday, 15 December 2019

Time: 10am – 12:30pm

Place: Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden, Lam Kam Road, Tai Po

Price: No entrance fee will be charged for the race. There will be a donation box at the registration counter and Kadoorie Farm hopes participants and the accompanying guests would donate HK$200 to support their Conservation and Education Programmes.

Please click this link for online registration.
For enquiries, please send e-mail to mr2019@kfbg.org or call Ms. Leung on 2483 7140 or Ms. Wong on 2483 7154.

About Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garde: Established in 1956 as a base for the Kadoorie Agricultural Aid Association (K.A.A.A.), the KFBG site near Lam Tsuen, Tai Po, is one of Hong Kong’s little known jewels. Nine kilometres of road wind their way up around organic farming terraces, theme gardens and native forest to the summit of the mountain, Kwun Yum Shan, at over 1800ft above sea level. A wide variety of educational displays, sustainability features and wildlife rescue facilities complement the extensively landscaped gardens with their cobbled paths, pavilions, bridges, waterfalls and picnic spots.

KFBG‘s three core programmes – Nature Conservation, Holistic Education and Sustainable Living – are constantly evolving as they address different aspects of the challenge to live in harmony with nature. In addition to the many on-site courses, workshops and special events that have been developed for the education and upliftment of visitors, KFBG’s activities extend throughout Hong Kong and into South China and other parts of the region.

FOLLOW THE LINES: Returning to Nature 3-Day Nature and Art Residential Workshop

28 Sep

FOLLOW THE LINES: Returning to Nature 3-Day Nature and Art Residential Workshop with Merlyn Chesterman

The mountain reveals the true self to one. Join printmaker-artist Merlyn Chesterman to explore the phenomenal nature wonders up on the hill, around the valley, the grass fields and the blossoms. Experiencing both sensuous and proficient ways to journal and compose the inspirations collected in the woods, we will create our own woodblock print with leveraged craftmanship, unfolding an artistic dialogue with Mother Nature.

Follow the lines: Returning to Nature” Woodblock Print Exhibition:
18th November to 31st December 2019
Participants are expected to be residential and participate fully in every session. Applicants wishing to attend only parts of the programme will not be accepted.

Workshop Language: English

Date:
3-Day Nature and Art Residential Workshop:
8th – 10th November, 2019 (Friday to Sunday)

Time:
8th November, 0900 to 2000
9th November, 0900 to 2130
10th November, 0900 to 1700

Place: The Green Hub, at the Old Tai Po Police Station, and Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, Tai Po

Price:
Course Fee# HK$2,000 per person + Accommodation Fee#
#including lecture fee, vegetarian meals, outing arrangement and shuttle bus service between The Green Hub and visiting sites during the workshop
+Accommodation Fee will be charged separately. for more information please follow this link.

To register, please follow this link

For more information, please contact Ms. Carmen Lau at 2483 7276 or email to carmenlau@kfbg.org

About Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garde: Established in 1956 as a base for the Kadoorie Agricultural Aid Association (K.A.A.A.), the KFBG site near Lam Tsuen, Tai Po, is one of Hong Kong’s little known jewels. Nine kilometres of road wind their way up around organic farming terraces, theme gardens and native forest to the summit of the mountain, Kwun Yum Shan, at over 1800ft above sea level. A wide variety of educational displays, sustainability features and wildlife rescue facilities complement the extensively landscaped gardens with their cobbled paths, pavilions, bridges, waterfalls and picnic spots.

KFBG‘s three core programmes – Nature Conservation, Holistic Education and Sustainable Living – are constantly evolving as they address different aspects of the challenge to live in harmony with nature. In addition to the many on-site courses, workshops and special events that have been developed for the education and upliftment of visitors, KFBG’s activities extend throughout Hong Kong and into South China and other parts of the region.

Science of Climate Change – 18 Sept

6 Sep


At long last, climate change is at the forefront of policy agendas and citizens’ minds around the world. From every crisis in the environment lies an opportunity to increase awareness, urgency and action across governments, businesses and communities.

Here in Hong Kong, with so many environmental obstacles being structural and systemic, it’s often hard to find a starting point. The good news? We actually have quite a few expert minds in this field who produce high-quality research and represent Hong Kong internationally in this ecosystem.

SUSTAINHK is delighted to invite Prof. Robert Gibson and John Sayer, two of Hong Kong’s most seasoned climate experts, to share their expertise on the Science of Climate Change as well as discuss the important concept of just transition in Hong Kong and beyond.

Robert and John will also share their experiences and takeaways from COP24 – the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which took place in December 2018 – and present their most important research findings ahead of the U.N. Climate Action Summit 2019 on September 23rd, which they will be attending.

You’ll be learning about the scientific concepts behind carbon capture technology and other ideas and solutions to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions; just transition and climate action links to the social SDGs; policy activism and youth action; and many more important topics.

Bring your passion, curiosity and resolve, and join SUSTAINHK on September 18th at Ucommune Sheung Wan for an inspiring and important conversation.

Date: Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Time: 7 – 9 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

Place: Ucommune Sheung Wan, 11/F, Grand Millennium Plaza, 181 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan

Price: Free
To register please follow this link to EventBrite

About SUSTAINHK: SUSTAINHK is a platform focusing on industry-level conversations and exchanges, bringing together changemakers, influencers and the public to inspire awareness, dialogue and action.

SUSTAINHK is powered by the Hong Kong hub of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.

Closing the Loop Festival 16-17 Nov

27 Aug


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
Two Day ticket: $250
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!

Tigershead Coastal Plog & Cleanup 7km – 24 Aug

19 Aug


Join Eco Marineplogging‘ (a combination of jogging and picking up litter) on August 24th! Eco Marine Adventure Cleanup is collaborating with The Green Race and Exchange and Empower for a coastal trail cleanup ‘plog’ on the eastern shore of Silvermine Bay in Mui Wo from 2:00pm to around 5:00pm.

The event will share a start and finish in Silver Plaza, Mui Wo with the Tigershead GreenRace 16km route and ploggers and runners will be able to cheer each other on! Ploggers will jog/hike as a group or in a few groups whilst picking up rubbish on the trail/shoreline between the race start line, Silvermine Bay main beach to Man Kok. You will then turn around and head back to the start/finish area for a total distance of around 7km. Ploggers are expected to finish at around the same time as some of the 16km race participants and can share the finish area, drinks and snacks provided by The Green Race!

As an extra incentive, ploggers will receive 50% off a future race entry (discount worth ~HKD250) to one of the short course races hosted by The Green Race! The event will be raising funds for Exchange and Empower using the Bravera platform! Eco Marine strongly recommends that each participant raises a minimum of HKD200 with a goal to raise HKD8240 in total for the event. Please connect to Bravera via the link (to be provided later on their FB page) and ask your friends and family to support your plog and this fundraising effort!

Date: Saturday, 24 August 2020

Time: 1:45 – 5:30pm

Place: Silver Plaza,8 Chung Shing St, Mui Wo
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Transport: Ferry from Central Pier 6 or 3M bus from Tung Chung

What to Wear: Hiking/Sports clothes and shoes. Closed-toed shoes only. Sun hat and other sun protection like umbrella and sunscreen. Weather is expected to be hot.

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 small-sized rubbish bags suitable for plogging. Feel free to bring your own gloves and tongs.

Signup: Please follow this link to their Facebook page, click GOING if you will join them. If you use Strava please also sign up at the link below (to be provided at a later date in comments on their FB page) to connect to Bravera to help raise funds for the event.

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.

Full disclaimer can be found on Eco Marine’s 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 catalyse action for integrating this mindset into all aspects of contemporary urban life.
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