Tag Archives: wildlife

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.

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Volunteer or intern with Projects Abroad

24 Feb


Projects Abroad is one of the largest volunteer abroad organizations in the world. Founded in 1992, Projects Abroad sends 10,000 people abroad each year on a variety of service projects and internships overseas. All participants receive unparalleled in-country support from their full-time, professional staff to ensure that the experience is safe, worthwhile and fun.

Volunteer overseas or intern abroad in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Latin America. Projects Abroad offers overseas voluntary work placements including teaching, care, conservation & environment, medicine & healthcare, journalism, law & human rights, international development, business, and more.

Volunteer overseas:
Volunteer overseas with Projects Abroad, as a great opportunity to put your time into a meaningful and rewarding programme. Projects Abroad offers a wide range of service trips in various fields of interest, with placements in more than 30 destination countries around the world.

On an overseas volunteering programme you can impact communities and the environment in various areas of need, such as caring for children, teaching English, or protecting wildlife.

With more than 300 trained staff in their destinations and over a thousand different placements to choose from, Projects Abroad is one of the leading volunteer organizations in the world. But their impact will not be felt without the dedicated overseas volunteer work completed by their participants of all ages and backgrounds, who total more than 5,000 each year.

You can volunteer overseas in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean, Central America, and the South Pacific.

For more information please follow this link to the How it Works page on their website.

Internships overseas:

Boost your resume and gain skills and real world experience on one of Projects Abroad’s international internships. Their internships abroad allow you to contribute to sustainable development and bring a more cross-cultural understanding to the world.

Projects Abroad offers internships in more than 30 developing countries around the world, where you can gain valuable experience by working alongside qualified professionals in your chosen field.

Projects Abroad’s local staff will work closely with you to determine which specific internship placement gives you the most valuable learning experience and provides the greatest benefit in the country.

To find out more, please follow this link.

High School Specials:

If you are 15 to 18 years old and enrolled in full-time education you can join Projects Abroad on a High School Special. Each project follows a schedule of taught sessions, hands-on and observational work, as well as evening activities and weekend excursions. Lasting two to four weeks, these programs are designed to make the most of your short time abroad while contributing to your community service credit requirements or college applications.

Read more about the structure of High School Specials, how travel arrangements work, or explore below the variety of High School Specials projects available.

Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work. If you want to know more about their achievements, read Projects Abroad’s 2017 High School Specials Impact Report.

To find out more, please follow this link.

IAPF Damien Mander Live – Frontlines of the Ivory Wars

16 Feb

Only a few weeks ago Hong Kong was thrust onto the world conservation stage following a massive haul in elephant ivory and pangolin scales. Asia may be the end game for these threatened species, but Africa is where the frontlines are drawn. Come and hear the story of the battle being waged and the unique approach from the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (www.iapf.org) which is having devastating effects on poaching syndicates in Zimbabwe through the empowerment of women and local communities.

BBC video on IAPF and the Akashinga program – Viewed 15 million times on social media

Event opens 6pm, lecture starts around 7pm.

Damien spent his 20s in the Royal Australian Navy, risking his life to protect others – first as a Naval clearance diver, then as a sniper in an elite special forces unit. By 2009, burned out after three years in Iraq, he bought a one-way ticket to Africa for his next mission: Military skills to fight poaching.

For 7 years the team fought for wildlife using traditional methods. It worked but Mander felt it was not sustainable, believing there had to be another way. By 2017 and frustrated, he found himself forming the first nature reserve in the world to be managed and protected by women.

The recruits were survivors of domestic violence, single mothers, abandoned wives, and AIDS orphans. The instructors were skeptical, but the results spoke for themselves, as along the way the team made more than 100 arrests. Opinions and stereotypes were rapidly shattered in the male-dominated industry.

Hear about the team’s efforts in helping to protect the world’s second largest elephant population in Zimbabwe.

Date: Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Time: 6:00 – 8:30pm

Place: Oolaa, 1-9 Bridges Street, Central

Price: $300
To buy tickets please follow this link.

Ticket entry includes meeting Damien and his presentation on helping to protect the worlds second largest elephant population, Q&A, lucky door prizes to be won and drinks to be purchased at happy hour prices.

If cannot attend but would still like to donate, please CLICK here

About International Anti-Poaching Foundation: Illegal wildlife trafficking is one of the world’s largest criminal industries, with tangible links to terrorism and organized crime networks. As a result, “High-Value Species” such as elephants and rhinoceros are being hunted to extinction. These animals are some of the most difficult to protect, and safeguarding them is the core business of IAPF.

IAPF is a direct action wildlife conservation organization. IAPF protects endangered wildlife and ecosystems through strategic deployments and long term partnerships with local communities. Their conservation programs defend some of the most ecologically sensitive and underserved regions in Africa.

Volunteer for the Green Power Butterfly Survey

15 Feb


Did you know, Hong Kong has more than 260 species of butterflies, which is a tenth of all butterfly species in China, and as a result has been called a “butterfly heaven”? Around 40% of Hong Kong’s land area is designated as country parks, and so protected by law. However, many prime butterfly areas still lack adequate protection.

Established in 2008, “Butterfly Surveyor” is the first Butterfly Surveyor group comprising members of the public. The group specialises in collecting data on butterfly species and ecological data. Each year, “Butterfly Surveyor” recruits general public as new members, after they completed trainings and assessments, they will become qualified “Butterfly Surveyor”. Until 2018, “Butterfly Surveyor” has 322 qualified members, who have been monitoring regularly at designated sites: San Tau – Lantau Island, Luk Keng – North District, Wu Kau Tang – Tai Po, Lam Tsuen – Tai Po (She Shan and Ng Tung Chai), Yuen Tun Ha – Tai Po, Sha Tau Kok, Sham Chung and Yung Shue O – Sai Kung, Pak Sha O and Lai Chi Chong – Sai Kung, Mui Wo – Lautau Island, Ho Sheung Heung / Long Valley / Lok Ma Chau , Tai Lam Country Park (Kam Tin) and Lung Kwu Tan – Tuen Mun.

Green Power is now recruiting new Butterfly Surveyors. After completing indoor training sessions and passing an assessment, participants will become qualified Butterfly Surveyors. Surveyors will take part in the formal butterfly surveys this year after going through the outdoor training sessions.

Requirements:
Individuals, groups, families (tertiary, secondary and primary students, people who are working, not working or retired)
Fluent in Cantonese, able to read and write Chinese
* Participants will learn basic butterfly survey techniques through the “Shell Nature Watch – Butterfly Surveyor” training programme. They are not required to be equipped with knowledge of butterfly watching at the time of application.

To find out more about duties and the training, please follow this link.

For enquiries, please call 3961 0200 or email: butterfly@greenpower.org.hk

Registration Deadline: 22 March 2019 (Friday)

About Green Power: Green Power was founded in 1988 by a group of dedicated volunteers who were concerned about local environmental problems. Since their formation, they have been promoting environmental education as they believe education is the ultimate means of transforming our thinking and behaviour.

WWF Run for Wild 2019

12 Feb


Run for Wild is more than just a race – at the event you will also learn about wildlife conservation. Participants of the 1km family run will be able to run in the “wild” with obstacles that mimic the environment of the six focus species. The event will also feature interactive games and educational booths.

Race Category
The race is divided into three categories: 10km Challenger, 3km Fun Run and 1km Family Run. Participants can enrol as an individual, team (three to four runners) corporate (three to four runners) or family (two to four runners). Individual, team or corporate participants can participate in either the 3km or 10km challenger, while family teams are restricted to the 1km run. WWF has added a school category in the 3km race this year. Details are as follows:

Every runner will be awarded with an animal-themed runner’s pack
Souvenirs in the race pack include:
– Number bib designed with the endangered species and timing chip
– Animal pin (Redeem the pin at educational booths using the number bib on the event day)
– Luggage tag
– An animal-themed reusable umbrella bag

Route Map

Date: Sunday, 7 April 2019

Time: 8 – 10:30am

Place: Pak Shek Kok Promenade

Registration: To register please follow this link.

Deadline for registration is 8 March 2019.

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

Clean Silverstrand Beach – 24 January

9 Jan

After Typhoon Mangkhut, many beaches in Hong Kong were left covered with marine refuse, polystyrene, and fallen trees which is likely to take months to recover.

HandsOn needs volunteers ages 15+ to them clean Silverstrand Beach. This unmaintained HK beach is still covered in marine refuse, polystyrene and fallen trees months after Typhoon Mangkhut.
Sign up if you can and spread the word!

Date: Thursday, 24 January 2019

Time: 1:30 – 5:30pm

Place: Silverstrand Beach, address and directions will be sent to you by e-mail after you sign up.

Registration: For more information and to register, please follow this link.

About HandsOn: Founded in 2007, the HandsOn Hong Kong mission remains to mobilize and empower the community to meet pressing social needs in Hong Kong through volunteer services.

Their vision is for a caring community that gives its time and talent to transform Hong Kong.

In 2017 alone, HandsOn Hong Kong organized over 1,400 volunteer activities, serving more than 46,000 beneficiaries, including disadvantaged children and youth, isolated elderly, ethnic minority students, under-resourced families, refugees and people with disabilities. Join HandsOn Hong Kong in their mission to serve Hong Kong’s community together!

PETA’s Pints for Pigs

2 Jan

PETA’s Pints for Pigs – an awesome night of craft beer tasting to celebrate the New Year and help animals. At this fun event, you’ll get the first taste of H.K. Lovecraft’s Doppelbock beer at the launch of this new brew, get a chance to win exciting raffle prizes, and hear all the latest exciting news about PETA and their campaigns.

Every ticket includes your choice of six beer tasters (120 ml), two pints (500 ml) or three non-alcoholic drinks, vegan snacks and entry into a raffle. All proceeds will support PETA’s work for all animals.

Date: Monday, 21 January 2019

Time: 6-11pm

Place: Hong Kong Island Taphouse, 1A-1B Tsing Fung Street, Tin Hau, Hong Kong

Price: $248, to register, please follow this link. The entrance fee is $288 for walk-in participants.

E-mail JackieT@PETAAsiaPacific.com with any questions

About PETA Asia: PETA Asia was established in Hong Kong at 2004 and is an affiliate of PETA US, the world’s largest animal rights organization. PETA US and its affiliates have over 6.5 million members and supporters around the world. PETA Asia and its international affiliates are dedicated to establishing and protecting the rights of all animals through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.