Volunteer for Hong Kong Shark Foundation

Every year, over 100 million sharks are caught worldwide for shark fins and other products, with over 50% of the world’s shark fin being traded through Hong Kong alone. As apex predators, sharks are a crucial part of the marine food chain. The demand for shark products has contributed to the rapid decline of many species, with several already nearing extinction. Removing sharks from our oceans will threaten the delicate balance of ecosystems that are valuable sources of food and key elements in regulating our climate.

Hong Kong Shark Foundation (HKSF) is a registered charity dedicated exclusively to shark conservation. HKAF aims to raise awareness about shark conservation, particularly the unsustainable practice of shark finning, and to reduce consumption of shark products in Hong Kong.

HKSF believes this a rare opportunity for people everywhere, especially in Hong Kong, to make a significant impact on a global scale. Please act now by helping to raise awareness about shark conservation and by educating people to reduce the consumption of shark products globally to save the world’s sharks.

Volunteer: People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some, it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others, it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience. Regardless of the motivation, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding.

Volunteering for HKSF is a great way to get personally involved in shark conservation and saving sharks. HKSF is a local Hong Kong charity that welcomes ALL volunteers from interns and IT experts to office admins and fundraisers to student Shark Ambassadors and animal activists.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information on HKSF‘s work, please email info@hksharkfoundation.org

Support conservation, become a KFBG Member

In a time of severe global crisis, including the inter-related issues of widespread disconnection from nature, each other and self, the ever-increasing exploitation of and unwise reliance on the world’s dwindling resources to support unsustainable lifestyle, climate change; shrinking of natural habitats and species loss, the Kadoorie Farm & Botanical Garden, one of Hong Kong’s oldest conservation organisations, raises awareness, undertakes rigorous science-based species conservation and ecosystem restoration, and offers new ways of thinking and living to respond to the world’s problems. Their work brings hope and improvement by focusing on nature conservation, sustainable living and holistic education that reconnects people with nature.

Become a Member of KFBG now, and share in their efforts to make the world a better place. As a member, you can also enjoy exclusive benefits and keep in closer touch with KFBG.

Follow this link to see the types of membership on offer and to apply.

For enquiries please contact Sophia Sit (Partnerships Department)
Tel: 2483 7279
Email: membership@kfbg.org

About KFBG: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) is spread over 148 hectares of land on the northern slopes of Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong’s highest mountain, near the town of Tai Po.

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, KFBG‘s work and influence today spread far beyond the KFBG site. KFBG raises awareness of ecological and sustainability issues, undertake species conservation and ecosystem restoration in Hong Kong and South China, reconnecting people with nature, and promoting sustainable lifestyles.

Mui Wo Community Ghost Net Action co-organised by Living Islands Movement and Eco Marine – 27 Sept

Since early April 2020, Mark from Living Islands Movement has been snorkelling, surveying the coastline between Mui Wo Beach, SMB to Man Kok Wan and has discovered multiple ghost nets in shallow waters, trapping and killing marine life including fish and numerous crabs. This action aims to gather together community members to remove these nets over 2020.

To date, 80+ large nets cleared from within an approximately 1km stretch of coastline Tung Wan Tau to Man Kok Wan.

Join Living Islands Movement and Eco Marine in their next action date is Sunday 27th September 2020 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm to take advantage of the low tide.

Date: Sunday, 27th September 2020

Time: 1-5pm

Place: Meet at No Name Store on Silvermine Bay Beach
(Google Maps: NONAME STORE, 10號 Tung Wan Tau Rd, Mui Wo
6122 9804

For important details and what to wear and bring please refer to the below google doc:

To register: Sign up by clicking going on Facebook Event! Active kids 8 and over and adults are welcome. All kids from 8 to 16 years need to be accompanied by a parent or responsible adults

About Eco Marine: Eco Marine envisions a society where nature and modern urban life thrive.

Love & Bananas x Earth.Org – 30 Sept (rescheduled)

banner for Love & Bananas film screening
A documentary film screening telling the story of Ashley Bell and a team of elephant rescuers led by world-renowned Asian elephant conservationist Lek Chailert’s daring 48-hour mission across Thailand to rescue a 70-year old captive blind Asian elephant and bring her to freedom.

African elephants are slaughtered for their ivory, but sadly the plight of the Asian Elephant has been completely overlooked even though they are the elephant we are most familiar with in zoos, circuses and elephant rides. Love & Bananas aims to ignite a new way of thinking about this species and shows what can be done to prevent the extinction of Asian elephants.

With this screening, Earth.Org aims to help create awareness of the urgent plight of (Asian) elephants and to share knowledge and positive solutions for the better care and management of captive and wild elephants.

All proceeds of the ticket sales and donations will go to the Elephant Nature Park – an elephant rescue & rehabilitation center. Every donation can help to conserve and protect elephants from the numerous threats they face.

The event is sponsored by Suphia’s – giving out free Fresh Made Raw, Organic, Vegan Gluten-Free Bars. Check her website for more information: https://suphias.boutir.com/

Date: Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Time: 6:30 – 8:35pm

Place: The Hive Sheung Wan

Hive Members: Free of charge
Non-members: $50
To reserve your seat, please follow this link to EventBrite

For enquiry please call 21104370 or email contact@earth.org

About Earth.Org: Earth.Org is a global non-profit environmental organisation with headquarters in Hong Kong, raising awareness about biodiversity loss and the deteriorating conditions of natural ecosystems worldwide. Their purpose is to inform, educate and advocate for a more sustainable world.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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
InspiringHK Sports Foundation
Justice Centre Hong Kong
Kely Support Group
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.

WWF-HK Island House Festival – 29 Feb

If you are bored cooped up at home from too much home office, how about spending a day in the great outdoors at WWF’s Island House Conservation Studies Centre in Tai Po?

Discover sustainable solutions to change the way we live at Island House Conservation Studies Centre in Tai Po with talks from conservation experts, eco-guided visits around the historic building and surrounding grounds, film screenings and some game booths. Come visit with your family and friends and learn how to reduce your ecological footprint.

Date: 29th February – 1st March, 2020 (Sat & Sun)

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Place: Island House Conservation Studies Centre, Tai Po, see map here

Price: $50.00 – $60.00
All participants receive 30 days WWF-Hong Kong membership and one food coupon & one beverage coupon to be used at the festival.

To register, please follow this link

For enquiries, please email community@wwf.org.hk or call the service hotline at 2161 9631

About WWF HK: WWF Hong Kong (WWF HK) is the independent branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature in Hong Kong. It was established in 1981 as World Wildlife Fund Hong Kong an environmental organization in Hong Kong and has Conservation, Climate & Energy and Education programmes in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

WWF Hong Kong has over 120 full-time staff working in five offices located in Kwai Hing, Central, Tai Po, Mai Po, and Hoi Ha Wan[1] with nine voluntary committees made up of over 50 people. WWF’s Hong Kong’s current membership is about 230,000.

WWF Hong Kong carrying out biodiversity research across Hong Kong, such as the firefly surveys of their Mai Po Marshes nature reserve. The surveys have also incorporated citizen science participation and using this approach to further monitor biodiversity across Hong Kong, WWF has incorporated iNaturalist and the City Nature Challenge into activities at their Mai Po and Hoi Ha Wan centres. Other Citizen Science activities they’ve helped coordinate in Hong Kong include the ecological survey and coastal clean-up programme called Coastal Watch.

Earth Hour 2020 – 28 March

Started by WWF and partners as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now one of the world’s largest grassroots movements for the environment, engaging millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories. It has become a catalyst for positive environmental impact, driving major legislative changes by harnessing the power of the people.

2020 is a watershed year for our planet’s future. We have just 10 years to meet urgent goals set out to rein in the world’s climate crisis and preserve the Earth’s biodiversity.

Nature is essential for all the things we need to survive and thrive. But human activity is pushing the natural system we all rely on to the edge, threatening all life on Earth.

World leaders must commit to an ambitious New Deal for Nature and People that protects and restores nature by 2030 – safeguarding at least 30 per cent of natural spaces and sustainably managing the rest, while limiting global warning to 1.5C.

To achieve that we must start at home, where there’s much to be done to reach our goal of transforming Hong Kong into Asia’s most sustainable city.

We can transform Hong Kong’s natural environment by:

Protecting our Wetlands
With local biodiversity at risk, we need to protect wetlands of ecological value from unauthorised habitat destruction

Managing our Oceans
This year is potentially our last chance to protect Hong Kong’s Chinese white dolphins by expanding our marine protected areas, particularly in waters off West and South Lantau. We need 30% of our waters to be designated as MPAs by 2030!

Revolutionising Energy
In order to do our part in tackling the climate crisis, Hong Kong needs to scale up use of renewable energy by embracing new technology in order to meet our 10% RE target by 2030.

Rewilding Our Wild
As a major hub for the illegal wildlife trade, Hong Kong must strengthen enforcement against the poaching, trafficking and consumption of the world’s most threatened species. We call for the shutdown of all wildlife markets across Asia and for communities to protect and help restore wildlife populations.

Change the way we live, change the way YOU live. Take the Earth Hour Pledge now!

Date: 28 March 2020

Time: 8:30-9:30pm

Place: Everywhere

Price: What’s the earth worth to you?