Tag Archives: environment

New Year Beach Cleanup! 26 Jan

20 Jan


Join Green Hour for their first clean up drive of 2020, the first in the Year of the Rat in Sham Tseng. There will be plenty of fun with music, games and more!

Date: Sunday, 26 January 2020

Time: 10am-3pm

Place: Sham Tseng
18 Castle Peak Road (Tsing Lung Tau)
Opposite Sea Crest Villa Phase 3

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

About Green Hour: Green Hour is a local organisation dedicated to fighting the war against waste in Hong Kong through several initiatives. Through bread run programmes, Green Hour works to fight food waste whilst giving back to those in our community in need, running cleanup events across Hong Kong to raise awareness as well as workshops that are not just only informative, but also fun!

Plastic Free Seas Volunteer Recruitment

12 Jan


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 who are available on weekdays and maybe weekends are welcome. Plastic Free Seas will be conducting 2 one-day training sessions this month. 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.

Join Plastic Free Seas! Be part of the local solution for this global problem!

Space is limited and registration is required. To register, please contact Mimi at mimi@plasticfreeseas.org

Date:
Training session #1: Friday, January 17, 2020
Training session #2: Thursday, January 23, 2020
(Both sessions will be conducted in English)
Please indicate the date you would like to attend.

Time: 10:30am– 3:30pm

Place: 21/F Chun Wo Commercial Centre
23-29 Wing Wo St.
Sheung Wan (MTR Exit E2)

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.

2020 WWF Big Bird Race

5 Jan


Big Bird Race is WWF-Hong Kong’s longest-running birdwatchers event. Generating strong enthusiasm locally and from overseas, the event has grown in the last three decades, attracting teams that will vie to spot the most species in 12 hours. For novice birdwatchers, WWF-Hong Kong has a secondary-school race (for Trainee teams) to give young participants a chance to learn more about birds and birdwatching through a full-day training course and participate in the Big Bird Race. Funds raised by teams directly contribute to the habitat management of Mai Po Nature Reserve, to give birds and other wildlife a better home. Stay tuned for the race arrangements.

Youth Team Race
Alongside the annual professional race, WWF-Hong Kong launched a new race for secondary-school students last year with a full-day training course provided prior to the 4.5 hour race. The secondary school race aims to help young participants learn more about nature in a practical and engaging way, while grooming the next generation of bird-lovers to take part in the conservation of Mai Po Nature Reserve. This race also aims to emphasise the importance of securing the management of Mai Po Nature Reserve. The second edition of the Youth Team Race rides on the huge success of last year’s inaugural event. Results from this race will contribute to the data analysis of the Mai Po Nature Reserve management. Click here for Race Arrangements.

Date: Saturday, 15 February 2020
Registration close for Secondary School Race – 17 January
Registration close for Professional Race – 31 January

Time: 6am – 6pm

Place: Geographically, teams may start anywhere in Hong Kong but must end at Island House to submit their log books.

Price:
Minimum team donation: HK$6,500
*Each team will be made up of four members, including a team captain. Teams may be accompanied by one extra non-bird-watching recorder.

About WWF-Hong Kong: Found in 1961, WWF (then known as the World Wildlife Fund) was registered as a charity in Switzerland with the aim of conserving wildlife and habitats. In the years to come, WWF has broadened this focus to the wider implications of man’s activities on the environment.

WWF establishes office in Hong Kong in 1981, with a mission to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

One last word before Christmas…give generously

17 Dec

This will be the last blog post of the year. As we dive into the Festive Season, spare a thought for those less fortunate. With the continued social unrest, it’s been a particularly difficult year for nonprofits to raise funds with many fundraising events either postponed or cancelled. They need your help more than ever.

So please spare a thought for them and donate generously. The organisations listed under Volunteer Opportunities on this blog would welcome your donations.

Happy Holidays, posts will resume in the New Year!

WWF Connect2Nature 4 Kids

13 Dec


Through outdoor experiential learning at WWF learning centres, children learn about the link between humans and nature, nurturing a positive attitude towards our natural environment.

Features
Explore incredible natural environments
Learn about nature at Mai Po Nature Reserve, Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park and Hoi Ha Marine Life Centre, Tai Po natural coastline & Island House Conservation Studies Centre

Enjoy nature in a FUN way
Children develop an appreciation for nature through experiential learning and citizen science activities in natural habitats

Enhance collaborative skills
Group missions encourage active communication and collaboration among children

Learn from experienced educators
Facilitate children’s experience that can be applied to their daily life

Programme starts in January — book your place now!

JUNIOR ORNITHOLOGIST

Ever wondered why Mai Po Nature Reserve is called a bird paradise?

Join WWF’s Junior Ornithologist programme and let your kids view first-hand the thousands of migratory birds that pass through the reserve each year. Kids ages 6-12 will discover the world of ornithology while developing patience and observation skills through bird watching, games and a variety of other activities, including keeping a “wild journal”. Limited capacity.
Age: 6-12
Activity Time: 8:30am to 5:30pm

Date: 11, 12, 18 January 2020

Time:
Morning
Explore Hong Kong’s only wetland nature reserve
Fun games about birds
Lunch @ Mai Po Nature Reserve (provided by WWF)
Afternoon
Observe and record migratory birds

Place: Mai Po Nature Reserve

Price: HK$ 900/child
For more information and to register please follow this link.

JUNIOR URBAN ECOLOGIST

Be one of WWF’s Junior Urban Ecologists and discover Hong Kong’s rich and extraordinary urban biodiversity at city parks and natural coastlines. Through games and observation at Tai Po Waterfront Park and Island House Conservation Studies Centre, children and parents will learn about the relationship between organisms and the environment, while nurturing interest in local species. They will also create their own urban “Pokédex” for recording urban wildlife encountered.

Date: 8, 22,23 February 2020

Time:
Morning
Learn about urban ecology through interactive games
Discover urban biodiversity
Lunch @ Island House (provided by WWF)
Afternoon
Natural coastal exploration
Create urban “Pokédex”
Age: 6-12 (must be accompanied by at least 1 adult)
Activity Time: 8:30am to 5:30pm

Place: Tai Po Waterfront Park and Island House Conservation Studies Centre

Price: HK$ 1350 (1 Child and 1 parent) ,
HK$ 900 for 2nd Child,
HK$ 450 for 2nd parent
For more information and to register please follow this link.

JUNIOR OCEANOGRAPHER

Kids will explore a marine environment and experience the work of an oceanographer at Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park. They will learn to observe beach organisms as well as microscopic plankton and investigate seawater quality and its relationship with marine life. The programme content aligns with General Studies curriculum and STEM education.

Date: 19, 25, 26 April 2020

Time:
Morning
Coastal exploration
Use of scientific equipment to find out characteristics of seawater
Lunch @ Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park (provided by WWF)
Afternoon
Plankton observation & art workshop
Coral observation on glass-bottom boat
Age: 6-12
Activity Time: 8:30am to 5:30pm

Place: Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park

Price: HK$ 900/child
For more information and to register please follow this link.

About WWF HK: 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, they have expanded and adjusted their mission to better serve Hong Kong’s conservation and education needs and align themselves with WWF’s global strategy.

Kafnu x Gwen’s Boutique: Sustainable Christmas Market – 15 Dec

9 Dec


It’s the most wonderful time the year, and this Christmas, let us all do some good by gifting presents that are kind to our environment and support local sustainable brands!

Kafnu and Gwen’s Boutique are presenting a special Christmas edition of their popular Sustainable Sunday Market. Find the perfect gift for your loved one that won’t leave guilt on your conscience at our curation of more than 20 green brands, many of them made locally and supporting marginalised communities.

Co-organised with Gwen’s Boutique, which upcycles second-hand clothing, part of the proceeds will be donated to Plastic Free Seas, a charity that is fighting to clear our seas from plastic. Do some good together this festive season!

::: 🛍 Stores 🛒 :::
Gwen’s Boutique – Second-hand clothing pop-up store selling good quality high street items


The Bali Box – Make living a natural and plastic free life easy with The Bali Box, Hong Kong’s first eco-conscious subscription.

Ritu Priyanka – Bringing Indian Handlooms to the ever evolving world of fashion and to design for the ethically conscious client. We are a Hong Kong based design firm with grounded roots in India.


Prthv.hk – Timeless, transparent and circular economy design products that prioritise people, community and our resources.


ReBooked HK – Hong Kong’s first online store for used English language children’s books.

Etcetera – Handmade, fair trade & eco-friendly. You will find handmade bracelets, backpacks, hand-painted boxes, nativities and toys, etc from various counties including Guatemala, Bolivia and Colombia, El Salvador, Peru, Spain and Peru and more!


Mayse Artisan Bakery – Based on Latvian and Northern European recipes we create our own unique healthy plant-based sourdough bread and pizza. A family run bakery.

SANI – Socially-conscious scarves, blankets and throws woven by marginalised women

Lacess – High quality leather sneakers for the modern minimalist.

Date: Sunday, 15 December 2019

Time: 12pm – 6pm

Place: Kafnu, 2F of the Kerry Hotel, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Kowloon

Free registration: To register please follow this link

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.

Island House Festival 7-8 Dec

1 Dec


Discover sustainable solutions to change the way we live at WWF-Hong Kong’s Island House Conservation Studies Centre in Tai Po, featuring talks by conservation experts, eco-guided visits, workshops, film screenings and a green market with live music, DIY workshops, face painting and more!

Come with your family and friends and learn how to reduce your ecological footprint.

Date: 7-8 December 2019 (Saturday & Sunday)

Time: 10:30am-5pm

Place: Island House Conservation Studies Centre, Tai Po

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 its mission to better serve Hong Kong’s conservation and education needs and align themselves with WWF’s global strategy.