Tag Archives: wildlife

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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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.

Animals Asia – Volunteer Orientation Day

10 Jun

Are you an animal lover?
Do you care about animal welfare and want to volunteer?
Come meet and mingle with Animals Asia staff and existing volunteers, and learn more about their mission/ volunteer opportunities.

*Snacks and drinks will be served.
*A small donation of $50 is encouraged.

Should you have any questions, please contact Cherry via ckam@animalsasia.org

Date: Saturday, 16 June 2018

Time: 2:00 – 3:30pm

Place: Room 1501, Tung Hip Commercial Building, 244-252 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan Hong Kong

Price: Free
To register please follow this link to Eventbrite

About Animals Asia: Founded in 1998, Animals Asia promotes compassion and respect for all animals and works to bring about long-term change. They work to end the barbaric bear bile trade, which sees over 10,000 bears kept on bile farms in China, and, according to official figures, about 1,200 suffering the same fate in Vietnam.

Animals Asia has rescued over 500 bears, caring for them at its award-winning bear sanctuaries in China and Vietnam.

Animals Asia also works to end the trade in dogs and cats for food in China and Vietnam, and lobbies to improve the welfare of companion animals, promote humane population management and prevent the cross border export of “meat dogs” in Asia.

In addition, Animals Asia campaigns for an end to abusive animal practices in zoos and safari parks in Asia, and works closely with governing authorities to improve animal management and increase awareness of the welfare needs of captive animals.

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

In Touch with Nature – 5-Day Summer Camp for Children 2018

5 May


Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden is re-running their popular 5-day Summer Camp for Children this year with a range of experiential activities.

1. Nature / Objectives
Kids will explore nature through hiking in woodland, art in nature workshops, animal encounters, harvesting and preparing low-carbon lunch with fresh vegetables at the Green Hub. Participants will be able to make new friends, bond with nature and gain greater awareness of the conservation of biodiversity in Hong Kong.

2. Programme Content
* Understand the interconnected relationships between plants and animals;
* Use all senses to discover the hidden treasures in nature;
* Learn about native animals in their habitats and ways to protect our native species;
* Express creatively and freely through nature art;
* Foster respect for nature by learning to live sustainably.

Date: 3 – 7 July 2018 (English camp)

Other date options:
Camp B: 9 – 13 July 2018 (Cantonese)
Camp C: 16 – 20 July 2018 (Cantonese)

Time: 09:30am – 4:00pm Daily (non- residential)

Place: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden & Green Hub

Target group / No. of Participants : Children aged 7-9 years.
24 maximum per camp (at least one camp counselor per 6 children)

Price: HKD$2,200 for 5 days (Vegetarian lunch included)

Please submit your online application form by following this link and submit it to KFBG before 31 May, 2018.
Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis

For more information please contact Ms Eliz Leung at 2483 7110 or email elizleung@kfbg.org

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.

Summer Night Walk @ Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden

27 Apr

Led by wildlife experts, the Summer Night Walk introduces participants to the wonders of the nocturnal world at Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden.

Highlights include:
* An introduction to one of the most successful groups of nocturnal animals – the bats;
* A visit to the home of some of our rescued nocturnal animals including owls and leopard cats. It’s a great chance to see them when they are most active;
* Immersion in the chorus of calls of nocturnal wildlife present on our hillside, and chance encounters may include fireflies, frogs and snakes that dwell in and around streams and ponds along the walk. With a bit of luck, you may even catch sight of wild porcupines or hear the call of the barking deer.

Date: Saturday 26 May 2018
For other dates and times, please follow this link

Time: 5:30 – 9:45pm

Place: Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden

Language: English (supplemented with Chinese)

Target Audience: Adults

Quota: Maximum 22 people

Application: Please complete the application form by following this link. Kadoorie Farm staff will contact the applicant within 5 days via email when the form has been submitted. Each applicant please submit one application form only.

Price: $380 per participant (Includes an organic light meal). Participants can choose to subscribe an additional B&B package of the Green Hub *

Further Enquiries: 2996 2833 / ghprog@kfbg.org (Janice Leung)

*Please note the accommodation fee depends on the room type. Most of the rooms are equipped with fan only and participants need to share toilet and bathroom with other participants. Reservation will be made on a first-come-first-served basis. For more details, please refer to the website: http://www.greenhub.hk/eng/RateReservation.aspx

**Please do take note that sightings of wild animals cannot be guaranteed.

About Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden: Established in 1956 as a base for the Kadoorie Agricultural Aid Association (K.A.A.A.), the KFBG site near Lam Tsuen, Tai Po, is one of Hong Kong’s little known jewels. Nine kilometres of road wind their way up around organic farming terraces, theme gardens and native forest to the summit of the mountain, Kwun Yum Shan, at over 1800ft above sea level. A wide variety of educational displays, sustainability features and wildlife rescue facilities complement the extensively landscaped gardens with their cobbled paths, pavilions, bridges, waterfalls and picnic spots.

KFBG‘s three core programmes – Nature Conservation, Holistic Education and Sustainable Living – are constantly evolving as they address different aspects of the challenge to live in harmony with nature. In addition to the many on-site courses, workshops and special events that have been developed for the education and upliftment of visitors, KFBG‘s activities extend throughout Hong Kong and into South China and other parts of the region.

Earthwatch Institute – be part of a Scientific Expedition

19 Apr

Earthwatch is an international nonprofit organization that connects citizens with scientists to improve the health and sustainability of the planet. For the last 45 years, Earthwatch has empowered nearly 100,000 volunteers to join leading scientists on field research expeditions that tackle critical environmental challenges around the globe—from climate change to ocean health, human-wildlife conflict, and more.

Their mission is to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.

Join and Expedition:
Earthwatch provides citizens with the opportunity to work alongside leading scientists to combat some of the planet’s most pressing environmental issues. With Earthwatch, you will experience hands-on science in some of the most astounding locations in the world. You will meet a community of like-minded travelers and return home with stories filled with adventure.

Anyone can join an expedition—no experience necessary! Volunteer opportunities cover a variety of subjects including archaeology & culture, climate change, ocean health, and wildlife & ecosystems. All training will be provided upon your arrival.

Earthwatch offers both adult expeditions and teen expeditions for 15- to 17-year-olds. Teens are also welcome on most of Earthwatch’s adult expeditions if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Volunteers join Earthwatch from all over the world.

To select an expedition and to sign up, please visit their website find an expedition you are interested in, and read the expedition briefing (you’ll find a link to the briefing at the top of the expedition website). That will give you all of the information about the expedition. When you are ready to book, simply book online.

For more information please contact Earthwatch at info@earthwatch.org