Tag Archives: environment

Plastic Free Seas Lecture

15 Jul


The Australian Association are pleased to host a presentation by Plastic Free Seas a charity registered in Hong Kong since 2013. The main focus of the charity is awareness, education and local action on the global issue of plastic marine pollution. The talk will be by Tracey Read founder of the charity, she will tell you all about the problems of plastic marine pollution and focus on ways we can change our personal plastic consumption behavior.

Reception 9:30am, presentation starts 10:00am. Includes a coffee or tea

Date: Thursday, 26 July 2018

Time: 9:30 – 11:30am

Place: Oolaa, 1-9 Bridges Street, Central

Price: $250 (Australian Association members), $350 (non members)

About Australian Association: The Australian Association of Hong Kong was established to encourage fellowship amongst Hong Kong based Australians, people with an interest in Australia and to create opportunities for the Australian community and their friends to get the most out of Hong Kong.

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

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“Go Green! Ma Wan!” family friendly beach cleanup and beach art workshop

5 Jul


Eco Marine is hosting a family-friendly beach cleanup and beach art workshop on Sunday 22 July 2018 at Park Island as part of the “Go Green! Ma Wan!” campaign organized by Cafe Roma. Cafe Roma will be generously supporting the event by offering complimentary drinks (with no straws!) and a special offer for the Green Menu at their restaurant after the cleanup event.

The “Go Green! Ma Wan!” campaign will launch permanent green initiatives at Cafe Roma, including banning of plastic straws and stirrers starting 1 July 2018. Customers are invited to be a part of the “Go Green! Ma Wan!” campaign by completing Green Missions to accumulate stamps for eco-gifts redemption. Customers may also indulge in Cafe Roma’s signature vegetarian dishes from their permanent ‘Green Menu’ in front of the stunning view of Tsing Ma Bridge.

In addition to the main beach which is kept in pristine condition by government cleaners, Ma Wan has numerous small beaches and rocky shorelines that are not regularly cleaned by government cleaners. Located between Tsing Yi, the New Territories and Lantau and surrounded by some major waterways, it is no surprise that all sorts of manmade rubbish wash ashore Ma Wan’s small beaches. Manmade rubbish found on these beaches range from macro debris such as polystyrene containers, single use plastic cups, and bottles to micro debris like plastic filament, broken down polystyrene and the ever present and extremely harmful pre-production plastic pellets. Your helping hand would be much appreciated!

As part of the cleanup, Eco Marine’s artist in residence Salome Tam will be hosting a Nature/UnnaturePile art workshop, which will be suitable for the whole family. Naturepiles are temporary installations made in situ from found natural materials that speak of the beauty of our surroundings, our relationship with nature and the passage of time. They serve as markings of special memories when out exploring and adventuring.

The nature/unnaturepile series was created to highlight the impact we have on the environment, especially through single use plastic in our lives. For this series, a naturepile is made alongside an unnaturepile of found ocean plastic waste. After documenting the two together in one location, the unnaturepile is removed with other collected plastic waste items from the clean up at that specific site.

Eco Marine hosts Keilem and Salome (Tel/Whatsapp 63920336) will meet you at the Park Island Pier at 10:00 am and walk together around 15 to 20 min to the beach cleanup site (easy walk).

You will work on beach cleanup from arrival at around 10:20am to 11:30am (including some breaks). Eco Marine will provide a beach cleanup and safety briefing and distribute gloves and rubbish bags. If you have your own gloves and or other equipment, please feel free to bring these. Some useful tools are tongs and gardening shears. Gather up as much man made rubbish and debris as you can in the available time.

At 11:30 am, Eco Marine’s artist in residence Salome will lead an interactive art workshop using found materials. Participants will make nature/unnaturepiles and document these to be a part to the Eco Marine nature/unnaturepile art series. Adults as well as family groups are welcome to join. Those that do not wish to take part can continue the general cleanup.

At 12:30 pm, the group will pack up and walk together to Cafe Roma (15 to 20 min) where complimentary drinks (without straws!) and special offer for Green Menu generously sponsored by Cafe Roma will be served. Prizes will be awarded for ‘most interesting rubbish item found’ and best ‘nature/unnaturepile’.

The event will officially end at 2pm. Participants can choose to take one of the ferries or buses to depart.

Date: Sunday 22 July 2018

Time: 10am – 2pm

Place: Park Island Pier, Ma Wan

Registration: To sign up please follow this link to the Facebook page

For more information about the event, direction on how to get to Ma Wan, please visit their website

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.

Your everyday choices and efforts matter.

Solerìco Pub Quiz Fundraiser

25 Jun

Come join Solerico on July 18th for their very first fundraiser and help disadvantaged communities across the world have access to renewable energy.

Join Solerico for a fun night of pub quizzing, eating, and fundraising. Solerico will provide prizes for the top 3 teams and will be holding a silent auction.

Date: Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Time: 7-10pm

Place: Little Creatures Brewing Hong Kong, 5A New Praya, Kennedy Town

Price:
HKD 400 per individual.
HKD 2000 for a team of 6.
Price includes dinner, a drink and the quiz.

All proceeds for the evening will go directly to Solerico. To buy your tickets, please follow this link to Eventbrite.

About Solerico: Solerico’s mission, with your help, is to promote and invest in green technologies, bridging the gap between communities with energy needs and the governments, corporations, communities, and individuals who want to cut out fossil fuels and make a change in the world… For more information on what Solerico does, click here.

The Green Hub Volunteer Induction Day

22 Jun


Volunteers at the Green Hub, enrich and enhance the life of Green Hub and play a vital role in supporting a wide range of sustainable living educational programmes and conservation work. Volunteers are a valued and integral part of Green Hub. Green Hub’s volunteers donate a range of talents and skills to promote sustainable living and assist their daily operation. Green Hub hopes that they can both enjoy and learn from their volunteer experience at Green Hub.

THE GREEN HUB VOLUNTEER INDUCTION DAY
The goal of the Induction Day is to provide an orientation for people who want to be a volunteer of the Green Hub. The Induction Day comprises an introduction about the Old Tai Po Police Station heritage revitalization project and its programmes and a guided walk of the Green Hub facilities. Participants will also have the opportunities to undertake sustainable living exercises to increase their own well-being and that of the community from a holistic perspective.

VOLUNTEERS OPPORTUNITIES
* Education programmes and activities
* Low carbon catering
* Co-op Market
* Gardening
* Visitor Centre

REQUIREMENT
* Hong Kong citizen aged at least 16 and under 65
* Appreciate sustainable lifestyle
* Interested in nature and heritage conservation
* Good presentation and communication skills
* Able to speak fluent Cantonese, basic English and Mandarin

Ability to attend Green Hub’s Volunteer Induction Day are preferred.

Date: Saturday, 30 June 2018

Time: 2:00 – 4:30pm

Place: Green Hub, 11 Wan Tau Kok Lane, Tai Po, Hong Kong

How to Apply: Please click here for online registration.

When filling in your application, please indicate “Green Hub Volunteer Induction Day” in the “Volunteer Job Requested”.

For further questions or information please email ghprog@kfbg.org

About Green Hub : The aim of the Green Hub is to transform the Old Tai Po Police Station into an influential landmark for Hong Kong and the region to promote sustainable living and integrated conservation by:
* adopting an integrated approach to conserve the historic and architectural values, the heritage trees, and the egretry of ecological importance;
* serving as a centre for developing, teaching and promoting simple, affordable and meaningful initiatives for ecologically-responsible and low-carbon living; and
* promoting a range of training and educational programmes to help people understand and tackle the most pressing ecological and social concerns of modern life.

HongKongers raise your voice – complete the online land supply survey

8 Jun

If you are following the news, you will know that the Government Task Force on Land Supply is running a survey to hear our opinions on the future of housing in Hong Kong. Read the SCMP article on the subject here.

HongKongers this is your chance to raise your voice and comment on future land supply use in Hong Kong. It’s about where we will live, how we will live, our quality of life. Your opinion matters. Complete the survey now by following this link.

The choices on offer may not be to your liking, there is however limited space at the end of the survey for you to submit your own suggestions.

Remember, this is about our future, your opinions matter.

World Oceans Day Community Cleanup on Lamma

2 Jun


HAPPY WORLD OCEANS DAY! #saveouroceans

Join Hong Kong Cleanup X Stella McCartney HK in keeping our oceafamily-friendly clean!

This is a family friendly educational day so bring your family and friends for this worthwhile event in one of the rarest and unique parts of Hong Kong.

Schedule for the day:
• Meet at Central Pier #4 10:00 am SHARP!
• Take 10:20am ferry to Sok Kwu Wan (left-hand side of the pier).
• 11:30am: Quick restroom break, then short 10-15 minute walk to Lo So Shing Sitting Area.
• 12:00pm: Arrive at Lo So Shing Sitting area, beach briefing, material distribution, data card download.
• 12:20pm: Cleanup activity begins, we will clean for 1- 1.5 hours
• 1:45pm: Snack, rest, complete Data Cards.
• 2:00 pm: Move trash to designated area
• 2:15pm: Group photo/ Award Ceremony/ Debrief, walk back to Sok Ku Wan Pier
• 2:35pm: Depart back to central

NOTICE TO ALL PARTICIPANTS:
• Please bring at least 2 liters of water in your reusable containers! Don’t forget sunblock, sunglasses, and a hat- it will be HOT. Please wear activewear and trainers for this event!
• Please ensure you bring sufficient snacks and water to last you for 3-4 hours of outdoor activity.
• Please take all safety precautions by wearing appropriate clothing/shoes and bringing any other necessary personal items.
• Intended participants should consider carefully whether they wish to take part in the event as no accident insurance will be provided. Therefore, in case of an accident, the organizer will not bear any legal liability.
• There are frequent ferries back to Central ferry pier from Sok Kwu Wan Pier should you wish to leave later (4:05PM & 5:35PM)

Date: Saturday, 9 June 2018

Time: 10am – 3:30pm

Place: Central Pier No.4 at 10am, Take 10:20am ferry to Sok Kwu Wan

Price: Free, to register, please follow this link to EventBrite

About Hong Kong Cleanup: Having engaged over 350,000 participants and cleaned up over 70 million pieces of trash, the Hong Kong Cleanup Challenge has firmly established itself as a well-loved and vital part of the Hong Kong event landscape. Yet 16 years of data and volunteer feedback have shown a need for even greater community engagement and action. Trash jeopardizes the health of the ocean, coastline, country parks, our economy, and people. It is everywhere – and is here to stay unless we change our habits.

Founded by Canadian environmentalist Lisa Christensen in 2000, the event started out as a simple grass root initiative – a 1-day beach cleanup event. Lisa and her team have scaled participation in the event on average 65% per year, and it is now widely recognized as the largest environmental event in the region, with The Cleanup Challenge running year-long.

The Hong Kong Cleanup Challenge is not only an event, it is a year-long education platform that works with communities, schools, government, and businesses to provide practical solutions to help us all live more sustainability every day of the year. The annual Cleanup Challenge, from January 1st through December 1st, is open to the general public (register here).

Throughout the year, they also organize managed cleanup events for corporations wishing to plan a meaningful, educational team-building day out with their employees. For more information on managed staff engagement events, click here.

For more information regarding Hong Kong Cleanup, please email info@hkcleanup.org

WWF Summer School 2018

25 May


Summer school is a fun and exciting way to learn about our city’s unique ecosystems. Held in July and August, planned nature activities are for groups aged 6-8 and 9-11. With classmates and friends, the groups discover the richness of the natural world, the importance of conserving it and the effects of our daily lifestyle choices on these environments. The WWF’s curriculum based activities are run by their educators at their three centres in Mai Po Nature Reserve, Hoi Ha Wan Marine Life Centre and Island House Conservation Studies Centre, Tai Po.

Nature Adventurers (3 days):

© WWF Hong Kong

The 3-day Nature Adventurers programme takes groups aged 9-11 into the heart of Hong Kong’s rich and unique biodiversity. Day one covers Mai Po’s rich variety of wetland habitats and the thriving biodiversity of the more than 2,050 species they support. Day two will include coral observation, a glass-bottomed boat tour and snorkelling at Hoi Ha. Day three focuses on sustainable living and the impact of excessive carbon emissions and biodiversity loss on our natural environments.
Age: 9-11

Nature Explorers (2 days):

© WWF Hong Kong

The 2-day Nature Explorers programme takes place at WWF’s Island House Conservation Studies Centre in Tai Po. Amidst its lush English-style gardens, which boast over 140 species of local and introduced plants, groups aged 6-8 will discover the vast range of wildlife that is all around them. They will also learn about the threats to habitat loss, sustainable living and how their daily choices impact our natural environment.
Age: 6-8

Ocean Explorers (2 days):

© WWF Hong Kong

The 2-day Ocean Explorers programme takes groups aged 6-8 years old on a journey through marine biodiversity and marine conservation at Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park, which boasts more hard coral species than the Caribbean Sea. What a great way to discover the ocean! The programme includes a glass-bottomed boat tour, introduction to sustainable fisheries and a marine litter study at Sandy Beach.
Age: 6-8

To download the brochure, for additional information on dates and fees, please visit the WWF website by following this link.

For more information, call 2526 1011 (press 2 for English and then 8) or email education@wwf.org.hk

About WWF-Hong Kong: WWF-Hong Kong was founded in 1981 and is an integral part of WWF’s global network. Their work began with managing Mai Po Nature Reserve and conserving iconic species. Over the years, WWF-Hong Kong has expanded and adjusted their mission to better serve Hong Kong’s conservation and education needs and align themselves with WWF’s global strategy.