Tag Archives: environment

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.

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Forest Summer Camps

3 May

Not a volunteer opportunity, but if you are interested in the environment and are looking for something for your kids to do this summer that embraces the great outdoors, take a look at the Forest Summer Camps run by Ark Eden.

Ark Eden nature-based camps focus on nurturing Kids’ love of the outdoors, building their confidence and skills through natural play. Surrounded by nature on a hillside in Mui Wo, they host camps with different Nature themes each day for kids aged 5 to 11, packed with lots of fun!

Date: 17 June – 16 August

Price: $670 – $750 per day. Single of multi-day packages available

For more information and to register, please visit their website and scroll down to Forest Summer Camps.

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.

Ark Eden does 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.

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.

Connecting with the Energy of Nature – One-day Introductory Workshop

26 Mar

This one-day workshop is an approach to perceive the energy of nature and its healing powers. During the day, experiential activities will help the participants to understand and enhance their perception of energy in themselves and in nature, particularly with trees, and their connection to their intuition. The participants will also practice their connection to trees and to earth (grounding) and learn how to recharge themselves with the energy of nature.

5-day Energy of Nature – Level I is available for those who would like to have an in-depth understanding of this topic.

Teacher: Dr. Claire Elouard

Dr. Claire Elouard from France spent her early childhood in Senegal, Africa, and later studied in France. She has a Master’s degree in Biology and a Ph.D. in vegetal ecology from Universities in France. She conducted her field research for her Ph.D. in Indonesia, and afterward spent eight years doing research in forest pathology and ecology in Malaysia and South India. Subsequently, she directed an environmental project in the Mumbai area in India, from 2001 to 2015. She has been coming to KFBG for over 10 years delivering her workshops on the “Energy of Nature”.

Dr. Elouard has been deeply connected with nature since childhood. She later developed her perception of nature’s energy and deepened it by learning about the Hindu philosophy on the five elements and their corresponding chakras. She has been teaching people to communicate with nature and perceive its energy since 2004 in India, France, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and China.

Content: This one-day workshop includes the following experiential activities:
Perception and identification of energy in nature and oneself.
Practice of one’s connection to earth (grounding) and its energy.
Practice of one’s connection to intuition.
Connection to trees and their healing powers.
Learn how to revitalise oneself with the energy of nature.

Note: the workshop’s agenda and contents can be modified depending on weather conditions, and other external factors, in accordance with Dr. Claire Elouard’s professional advice.

Language: English

Target group/No. of Participants: Aged 18 years or above
Maximum of 20 participants

Date/Time: Saturday, 20th April, 2019
Assembly time: 09:00
Workshop time: 09:30 to 17:00

Place: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden
Meeting point: Reception Area at KFBG

Price: HK$1,000 per person (including vegetarian lunch and refreshments during the workshop)
To make this workshop happen, KFBG has subsidized most of the workshop’s costs.

Application: Please complete your registration as follows:
Please click here for the online registration and payment (HK$1,000) online on or before 6th April, 2019.
Upon receipt of the application form and payment, a confirmation letter will be sent to you by email within 5 working days.
If payment is not received within one week of registration, your reservation may be cancelled and the space released for others.
Payment is not refundable after confirmation.

Enquiry: For enquiries, please contact Ms Vera Hung at 2483 7107 or edu_programme@kfbg.org.

Note: Please note that this is an experiential workshop. Participants are required to participate fully in all exercises to ensure progression.
Participants will not be admitted after 10:00 on the activity day.
To ensure the quality of the workshop for all participants, KFBG reserves the right to select participants for this workshop if we feel necessary. For unsuccessful applications, a full refund will be arranged by bank transfer or cheque within one month.
Two weeks’ notice will be given to participants in the case of cancellation due to under enrollment (below 6 registered participants). In such a case a full refund will also be arranged accordingly. This is not expected as Claire has been teaching with us for several years and is always in high demand.

About Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) spreads over 148 hectares of land on the northern slopes of Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong’s highest mountain, near the town of Tai Po.
KFBG has a deep-set valley between two ridges, with a stream running steeply down through the forest. On the slopes there are forest, theme gardens, vegetable terraces, 8km of walking trails, 9km of roads, and conservation and educational facilities.
The Farm was 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. The theme gardens were designed and planted from the 1960’s onwards, and through planting, natural process and protection from fire, what was once barren scrubland is now mature forest. Visitors are welcome.