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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.

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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.

Tai Wai Plog – 13 Apr

24 Mar


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.

Hong Kong has a huge trash problem, that is no secret.

Whether you are traversing through a country park, relaxing at a beach or walking through the busy metropolis, it is impossible to avoid waste.

Unfortunately, a lot of rubbish gets neglected until it is too late. Contrary to what many people may think, even waste in the city centre, through being washed into the gutter, can end up in the ocean.

Waste Free HK and HK Ploggers’ goal is to avoid this scenario as much as possible through urban cleanups, making sure to leave places spotless.

You will be plogging for approximately an hour and a half. You will meet at the Island School Tai Wai Campus in Sun Chui Estate, running around 8km, followed by a short group discussion.

Reusable bags and gloves will be provided, however please feel free to bring your own.

DISCLAIMER:

Participating in a plog, whether in the countryside or a busy urban area, could potentially lead to injury. HK Ploggers are not responsible for any injuries cause during runs, and individuals are responsible for themselves. If you have any underlying medical conditions, please make them known before the plog. You must have medical clearance from your doctor before you engage in any exercise program, and plogging is no different.

It is not HK Ploggers‘ intent for anyone to get hurt or injured during their events. When you join a plog, you accept responsibility for all your injuries, illnesses, mishaps, including but not limited to the above items mentioned. When you attend an event, you waive and release HK Ploggers and any other co-organiser, their members and sponsors from all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of your participation in any events.

Date: Saturday, 13 April 2019

Time: 11am – 1pm

Place: Sun Chui Estate, 2 Chui Tin Street, New Territories

Price: Free
To register, please follow this link to Eventbrite

About Waste Free HK: Waste Free HK is an organisation aiming to promote a sustainable lifestyle through education, events and campaigning.

Established in Early 2018, WFHK has begun organising various cleanup activities across Hong Kong, the first ‘Plastic Attack’ in the city with the aim of building a better relationship with major chains with the hope of stronger dialogue, as well as building a relationship with various government bodies with the goal of working together to reduce the waste issue blighting our beautiful city.

Lamma Island Hike Cleanup – 14 April

16 Mar


Hong Kong has a huge trash problem, that is no secret. Whether you are traversing through a country park, relaxing at a beach or walking through the busy metropolis, it is impossible to avoid waste.

Unfortunately, a lot of rubbish gets neglected until it is too late. Contrary to what many people may think, even waste in the city centre, through being washed into the gutter, can end up in the ocean.

Waste Free HK’s goal is to avoid this scenario as much as possible through urban cleanups, making sure to leave places spotless.

This time you will be doing something different. A group hike across Lamma island, where you will then finish at a beach, clean up and have a little party.

HK Ploggers and collaborating organisations are working with Helper Choice for this clean up event, which is an amazing organisation working connecting 200,000+ of employers and domestic helpers directly and ethically. This is not their first time working on a clean up event, and many of their members are amazing individuals.

The event will begin at 11:00. There is a ferry at both 10:00 and 10:30 to Yung Shue Wan that takes you directly to the ferry. You will begin with your hike of the island, finishing up at the beach.

Reusable bags and gloves will be provided to anyone who RSVP’s, however please feel free to bring your own.

Date: Sunday, 14 April 2019

Time: 11am – 3pm

Place: Yung Shue Wan Ferry Pier

Registration: To register for this plog, please follow this link

For enquiries, please email hkploggers@gmail.com

Disclaimer:
For those participating in a plog, hike or any other event organised by HK Ploggers and collaborating organisations, whether in the countryside or a busy urban area, could potentially lead to injury. HK Ploggers and its partners are not responsible for any injuries cause during events and individuals are responsible for themselves. If you have any underlying medical conditions, please make them known before. You must have medical clearance from your doctor before you engage in any exercise program, and plogging is no different.

When you attend an event, you waive and release HK Ploggers and any other co-organiser, their members and sponsors from all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of your participation in any events.

About Waste Free HK: Waste Free HK is an organisation aiming to promote a sustainable lifestyle through education, events and campaigning.

Established in Early 2018, WFHK has begun organising various cleanup activities across Hong Kong, the first ‘Plastic Attack’ in the city with the aim of building a better relationship with major chains with the hope of stronger dialogue, as well as building a relationship with various government bodies with the goal of working together to reduce the waste issue blighting our beautiful city.

Earth Hour 2019 – Change the Way We Live

12 Mar


Hong Kong is proud to once again be part of the world’s largest environmental movement.

The theme for Earth Hour 2019 is “Change the Way We Live”.

By symbolically switching off the lights at 8:30p.m on 30 March 2019, we focus our efforts on preserving the earth’s biodiversity – and closer to home – safeguarding Hong Kong’s remaining ecologically important areas and species from development pressures.

Whether it’s coming together for the April City Nature Challenge, pledging to ditch single-use plastics, or joining WWF’s Energy Challenge, we can go beyond Earth Hour to protect and preserve our environment’s rich biodiversity. So on this 13th edition of Earth Hour, let’s pledge to do more to protect nature!

Reduce…
Eliminating single-use plastics is one of the main conversation points of this year’s Earth Hour. Plastics is a key component of marine litter, and WWF Hong Kong looks to tackle the city’s marine litter problem with solutions that can replace single-use plastics in our community. WWF Hong Kong is enlisting marine-related stakeholders – recreational groups and businesses, diving groups, as well as the fishery and seafood industry – to take a proactive role in formulating long-term solutions to reducing marine litter.

Rethink….
Hong Kong people consume more per person than in many other countries.

According to an analysis of our local ecological footprint, Hong Kong people are living beyond the Earth’s limits. All of our daily activities – from switching on lights, buying clothes to traveling abroad – consumes the world’s natural resources. If the rest of the world lived like Hong Kong did, we would need 4.2 Earths to meet our total demand on nature! It’s time to rethink how we can lighten our ecological footprint…whether it’s recycling, using less energy, switching to renewables or buying less. By making better choices in our daily life, we can reduce our ecological footprint and conserve our planet’s valuable natural resources.

Change the way we live
Living a more sustainable lifestyle is not complicated. There are countless small actions you can do in your daily life that can make a big impact over time. In Hong Kong, half of our ecological footprint is from food (21%), clothing (15%), personal transport (8%) and electricity (7%).

Our daily consumption as an individual, family and business level accounts for 76 per cent of Hong Kong’s ecological footprint, among which, clothing, food, energy and transportation contribute to the most. To avoid over-consumption of renewable natural resources, we need to start with changes in our daily behavior. The choices we make can have a considerable impact on our sustainable future, and showing retailers and manufacturers that we want sustainable options will create more demand for and hence the supply of them!

Your support is vital to realise a vibrant future. Sign up, donate now, and let’s change the way we live!

Date: 30 March 2019

Time: 8:30-9:30pm

Place: Everywhere

About Earth Hour:
2007 – Earth Hour is born in Sydney, Australia on 31 March. The campaign unites 2.2 million Australians and delivers a strong and unmistakable message that climate change is an issue they care deeply about.

2008 – Earth Hour goes international. Nearly 400 cities in 35 countries participate in this global campaign, with major landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the Colosseum in Rome going dark during Earth Hour.

2009 – Earth Hour breaks all records for mass participation, becoming the world’s largest movement for the environment. Hong Kong begins to mark Earth Hour. Prominent city landmarks including the International Finance Centre, the Cultural Centre and the Tsing Ma Bridge go dark for one hour.

St Patrick’s Day Plog – 17 Mar

4 Mar


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.

Hong Kong has a huge trash problem, that is no secret.

Whether you are traversing through a country park, relaxing at a beach or walking through the busy metropolis, it is impossible to avoid waste.

Unfortunately, a lot of rubbish gets neglected until it is too late. Contrary to what many people may think, even waste in the city centre, through being washed into the gutter, can end up in the ocean.

Waste Free HK’s goal is to avoid this scenario as much as possible through urban cleanups, making sure to leave places spotless.

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day, you will be plogging and then grabbing some food and drinks on March 17th. The plog will take place in Sai Wan Ho. You will meet at Sai Wan Ho Sports Centre and be running around 10km, after which there will be an opportunity to clean up at the sports centre, followed by grabbing dinner and drinks.

More information on how to get to the sports centre as well as facilities available, you can check here

Reusable bags and gloves will be provided, however, please feel free to bring your own.

You can view/download the route map here

Date: Sunday, 17 March 2019

Time: 12 – 3pm

Place: Sai Wan Ho Sports Centre, 111 Shaukeiwan Road, Sai Wan Ho

Registration: To register for this plog, please follow this link

For enquiries, please email hkploggers@gmail.com

About Waste Free HK: Waste Free HK is an organisation aiming to promote a sustainable lifestyle through education, events and campaigning.

Established in Early 2018, WFHK has begun organising various cleanup activities across Hong Kong, the first ‘Plastic Attack’ in the city with the aim of building a better relationship with major chains with the hope of stronger dialogue, as well as building a relationship with various government bodies with the goal of working together to reduce the waste issue blighting our beautiful city.