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Eco Marine Dive Against Debris

group of divers on a beach
Join Eco Marine on their next mission to dive against debris!
Eco Marine will conduct their monthly underwater cleanup at the marine protected area of Tung Ping Chau

Rundown
8:30 – meet at the pier and take the ferry to Tung Ping Chau, the ride will take 1.5 hrs, a briefing will be conducted on the journey
10:30 – arrival on the island, gear up at dive shop
11:30 – head to the beach, last briefing – repeating the most important information and select transect lines
12:30 – end of the first dive, group photo, sort and log all items, lunch (you may bring your own or eat at the restaurant).
14:00 – depending on the group as well as on the time you may go for a second dive
15:00 – return to the shop, measure, sort and log findings, shower and pack
17:15 – take the return ferry
There is no card payment and phone network on the island unless you do roaming. Eco Marine has mesh bags and spare gloves if you need one, please bring your knife or scissors if you have one. Eco Marine has some spares for that too.

Date: Saturday, 25 July 2020

Time: 8:30am, Ma Liu Shui Ferry Pier at Science Park Road, the ferry leaves at 9:00am
Eco Marine aims to conduct two dives. The ferry back from the island leaves at 5:15pm

Costs:
Ferry ticket (round trip): $90
Air-tank rental: $80
Full gear: $350

How else you can help:
If you are not a diver but interested to join please let Eco Marine know!
There are many ways you can be part of their team and help:
– Surface support and coordination
– Help processing and logging the collected items
– Record keeping and documenting
– Help to convey Eco Marine’s message to interested visitors on the island

To register, please follow this link to their FB event page

For more information please email tursiopsdiver@gmail.com

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.

Plastic Free July

Join millions of people reducing their plastic waste!


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Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?


Don’t know where to start?:

Why not Investigate your Plastic Footprint?

Kickstart July with a Plastic Footprint Investigation of your home or in your office? You will find out which plastic products are your problem plastics and you will be able to see exactly how much plastic you will save after taking on the challenge?

You can find out how by following this link

What else can you do:

Did you know… During COVID reusable cups are still safe to use?

As a result of the rise in plastic use and disposable items, a consortium of scientists penned a statement saying that reusable containers do not increase the risk of transmission. The statement was signed by 119 scientists from 18 different countries. It includes epidemiologists, virologists, biologists, chemists and doctors, who all agree that the best available guidance from public health professionals says reusable cups, bags and containers are perfectly safe to use as long as people employ simple and basic hygiene.

Choose a Washable, Reusable Face Mask

Millions of face masks are used every day in Hong Kong but studies have shown that reusable and washable face masks are safe to use. We are seeing the impacts of the disposable masks littered in the environment and floating in our ocean. Disposable masks are made from polypropylene and will not breakdown in any meaningful timeframe. There are reusable masks readily available in shops, online and from the HK government.

Find about this and more from the Plastic Free Seas website

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.

Yi O Farm X Eco Marine Mangrove Cleanup and Rice Harvesting


Yi O Farm Cooperative and Eco Marine are co-hosting a mangrove cleanup and rice harvesting event on Sunday 5 July 2020 at Yi O (near Tai O) in South West Lantau.

Over the past seven years the Yi O Farm Cooperative has been working with indigenous villagers on reviving local organic farming at Yi O. Currently the cooperative farms approximately 100,000 square feet of land, producing a prized organic rice crop. Outside of the 100,000 square feet of farmed land, another 900,000 square feet managed by the cooperative for future farm extension, historical and environmental conservation. Yi O is adjacent to the coast and the shoreline includes rocky coastline, small sandy beach areas, as well as wetlands that are home to valuable plants including mangroves and grasses and numerous animal species including herons, mudskippers and endangered horseshoe crabs.

Eco Marine was founded in 2012 and is a Lantau based organization with a mission to inspire greater appreciation and guardianship of nature and to catalyse action for integrating this mindset into all aspects of contemporary urban life. Eco Marine is excited to collaborate with Yi O Farm Cooperative for a beach and mangrove cleanup plus a rice harvesting experience! Rice is harvested twice a year at Yi O and is done by hand using a sickle.

The mangrove area is currently in a terrible state covered with manmade rubbish ranging from macro debris such as polystyrene containers, single use plastic cups, food wrappers, single use beverage bottles to micro debris like plastic filament, broken down polystyrene and the ever present preproduction plastic pellets. Eco Marine is looking for you to lend a helping hand and to enjoy a fun and meaningful afternoon with them.

Date: Sunday, 5 July

Schedule:
1:30 to 2:00pm – Take a small boat (free) to Yi O and walk for 10 minutes to Yi O mangrove area. Eco Marine will provide an event rundown and a beach/mangrove cleanup safety and how-to briefing and distribute 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 scissors.

2:00 to 3:30pm – You will work on beach cleanup gathering up as much man-made rubbish and debris as you can in the available time and will also collect and separate some recyclables and items that can be reused at the farm.

3:30 to 4:00pm – You will then pack up and walk 10 minutes together to Yi O farm area and have a rest. The rest area has drinks refill and soft drinks as well as bathroom and simple cold shower facilities.

4:00 to 5:00pm – Yi O Farm Collective will teach you about local rice farming and harvesting. Depending on the maturity of the crop, we may have the opportunity to harvest some rice ourselves!

5:00 to 6:00pm – Scenic 4km mostly flat hike to Tai O starting point. Note we cannot take a boat back to Tai O due to very low tide.

What to wear: Closed-toe shoes with good grip suitable for hiking (no sandals or flip flops as the beach may have sharp dangerous items including broken glass, medical waste), comfortable clothes, hat. Note that shoes may get muddy in the mangrove area! You can consider to bring a change of shoes.

What to bring: Water (minimum 1.5 L in reusable container – Bonaqua bottle, Watsons bottle etc. don’t count as reusable). Additional snacks if you are the hungry type (try to minimize one use packaging). Octopus/coins for ferry and bus rides. Sunscreen and insect repellant. Small umbrella for shade. 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.

Price: This is a free event but there is a suggested donation of HK$50 per person for contribution to future Eco Marine public events. (Cash at event or Payme to +852 63920336)

Signup: Spaces are limited! To sign up, please fill in the below google form and your space will be confirmed via email.
https://forms.gle/oMxLmwAVNAxoZPzq7

For more information, please refer to Eco Marine’s website

Plastic Free Seas is looking for a WordPress Designer

Many NGOs in Hong Kong operate on limited funding and manpower in an effort to maximize resources for programs that support their core mission. Skills-based volunteering helps address this challenge by engaging volunteers to provide specialized skills and services that leverage job-related expertise, such as accounting, design, HR, IT, legal and more.

For NGOs, skills-based volunteering provides access to specialized skill sets and talent they may not otherwise have. The engagement also empowers the volunteer to leverage their professional skills to drive positive social change, expand their network, develop meaningful community relationships and hone their skills.


Plastic Free Seas is a registered Hong Kong charity, focused on educating the youth of Hong Kong on the issue of plastic marine pollution, and empowering people to make change happen. In the past 7 years Plastic Free Seas has reached over 70,000 students in 180+ schools around HK.

Help to complete Plastic Free Seas‘s new website which is an educational tool to be used by not only students but everyone in HK as a resource, Plastic Free Seas is looking for a WordPress Designer to help create pages for their new website and improve existing pages as required. If you are interested in learning more about plastic marine pollution, and waste/recycling in general, this is a good opportunity for you.

Your own laptop is required.

Length of service / commitment required: 3 months (would prefer longer if possible)

Amount of time required per month: 8 hours per week or more if possible

Language requirement: English required, Cantonese as asset for translation and uploading text if interested

Location of volunteer work: 21/F Chun Wo Commercial Building, 23-29 Wing Wo St, Central. Possibility to work from home if desired once a routine has been established.

Enquiries: For enquiries and to apply please contact Dana Winograd, Director – Operations at
Email: dana@plasticfreeseas.org
Phone: 6012 3613

COVID-19 Hong Kong Virtual Marathon

Get ready to run your own course at the FringeBacker COVID-19 Hong Kong Virtual Marathon. Choose your own challenge, from stretching your skills to a 42KM Full Marathon, 21KM Half Marathon, to trying out a 3KM/5KM /10KM Fun Walk or Run. With social distancing in place, you can complete it remotely and creatively in whatever ways convenient for you, such as run your neighbourhood, local trails, treadmill, stairs, walk the dog in parks, anywhere!

FringeBacker has partnered with a record-breaking of over 35 Hong Kong charities in this event. These include:
Aids Concern
Aids Foundation
Asian Charity Services
Changing Young Lives Foundation
Children’s Heart Foundation
Ebenezer School and Home for the Visually Impaired
Renaissance Foundation
Food Angel
Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong
HandsOn Hong Kong
Heifer Hong Kong
HER Fund
Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation
Hong Kong Children In Need Foundation
Hong Kong Dog Rescue
Hong Kong Outward Bound
Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation
ImpactHK
InspiringHK Sports Foundation
Justice Centre Hong Kong
Kely Support Group
Kids4Kids
LAP Lifelong Animal Protection Charity Limited
Lok Sin Tong
Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong
Oxfam Hong KongPathfinders
Plan Internationa;
Resolve Foundation
Ronald McDonald House
Run HK
Sai Kung Stray Friends
SoapCycling Hong Kong
The Boys’ Brigade Hong Kong
The Conservancy Association
The Hub
World Vision
Each of them will be sharing how COVID-19 pandemic has affected their cause and how we can all help in a meaningful way.

This initiative will provide a positive channel for all to know more about Hong Kong charities. To make each step count, participants choose from the 35 Charity Partners they want to support.

For those already active in the running scene, it’s a great way to keep yourself motivated while exercising on your own and to prepare for events ahead.

For beginners, introduce your family and friends to running and to jumpstart some physical training from Couch to 3KM!

Participants will also get a finisher’s meal, e-goodie bag overflowing with cash coupons and wonderful gifts from everyone’s favourite shops.

How to complete a virtual marathon:

Time: Sign up and complete your run by June 30!

Register Now: To register, please follow this link to FringeBacker

For enquiries please email cs@fringebacker.com

Buy Limited Edition Postcards and raise money for Plastic Free Seas

Squid for lunch by Penny Creedon

Simple acts can have big impacts.

With these uncertain times upon us now, we can choose to slow down reconnect and take on the things that really matter. Making time for the little things like the old-school joy of sending a handwritten note to a friend.

Now you can send your love and share your dreams in aid of Plastic Free Seas on a Paper-Roses for Plastic Free Seas postcard.

In the drink by Penny Creedon

Paper-Roses have produced three 3 stunning marine life artworks, which highlight the impact of our plastic pollution crisis on our local marine species: green sea turtles, whale sharks and Chinese white dolphins.

By supporting this collaboration and purchasing a set of postcards, you can help fund the work of Plastic Free Seas and share your concern for our plastic-polluted water with your friends.

To find out more about this fundraising campaign and how you can support please follow this link

The pink pull by Penny Creedon

About the Artist: Artist, Penny Creedon, is a nature lover. She was lucky enough to grow up in the English countryside and now lives in Hong Kong. One of the things she likes most about living in this vibrant and exciting city? The fact that it’s so easy to get out from between the skyscrapers and into nature, whether it’s into the rainforests or out onto the water.

Penny wanted to create the artwork for Plastic Free Seas because of the undeniable impact that pollution and our over-reliance on single-use plastics is having on our surroundings. While updated regulations are likely to be a factor in helping to end this, education is vital to bring about the changes in attitude needed to break our bad plastic habits. Penny freely admits that she is not perfect and knows that we can all make changes to the way we think about and use plastic. The education programme that Plastic Free Seas has put in place, and the passion and perseverance they have in delivering the message, will empower this change.

About Plastic Free Seas: Plastic Free Seas is led by a small team of passionate and focused individuals committed to reducing the scourge of plastic pollution in Hong Kong.

New Year Beach Cleanup! 26 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


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.

Halloween Fancy Dress Plog – Best Costume Wins a Prize!


This Halloween why not get some ‘exorcise’ in before the evening partying begins.

Halloween is the one time of the year it’s acceptable to go out onto the street dressed as pretty much anything with no judgment whatsoever.

Last year Waste Free Hong Kong had a very successful Halloween plog, however, the costume game definitely needs to be upped this year. No costume is too extravagant. In fact, the bigger the better!

As an incentive to dress up all SPOOKtacular, Waste Free Hong Kong will have a costume competition where the winner will win a gift bag of zero waste goodies plus a jar full of candy! No tricks, all treats!

Let’s have an unBOOlievably good time and spook those you pass with your wonderful outfits!

Most importantly, let’s do something good for the community.

After the event has ended, you will head on out to grab some drinks. Anyone who is interested in joining is more than welcome to!

Date: Thursday, 31 October 2019

Time: 7-9:30pm

Place: Central Ferry Pier No.7
Plog length – 4km

Price: Free
To register please follow this link to EventBrite

About Waste Free Hong Kong : Waste Free Hong Kong is a local organisation dedicated to fighting the war against waste in Hong Kong through several initiatives. Through bread run programmes, Waste Free Hong Kong 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!

Lance x Eco Marine back to school cleanup @ Tung Chung Bay


Our coastlines need all the help we can muster! Invite your friends and family! Your participation and helping hand will be much appreciated!

Lance, a 10-year-old student and young climate activist, has joined forces with Keilem, founder of Eco Marine to host a coastal cleanup on Saturday 28 September 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.

Who can join: This will be a family-friendly event for both children and adults! 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.

Date: 28 September 2019

Time: 3-6pm
3:00 pm: Meet at Tung Chung MTR Exit A. Walk from MTR will take about 20 minutes
3:30 to 4:15pm Cleanup Briefing and Mangrove Cleanup
4:15 to 4:30pm Ecological Tour of Mangrove Area
4:30 to 5:15pm Continue Cleanup
5:15 to 5:30pm Tidy up, Debriefing and Group Photos
5:30 to 6:00pm 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 a reusable container – Bonaqua/Watsons bottles etc. don’t count as reusable). Snacks if you are the hungry type (try to minimize one use packaging). Sunscreen and insect repellent (highly recommended). 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 / typhoon signal 3 or higher is posted / very heavy rain this event will be cancelled and a new meet up 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

Register: To sign up for this cleanup, please follow this link to their Facebook event page and click on GOING.

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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