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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.

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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.

WWF-Hong Kong Flag Day Volunteers needed

13 Nov

Lend your support for WWF-Hong Kong by signing up to be their Flag Day volunteer.

To sign up, please follow this link and scroll down to the four different registration forms.

Date: Saturday, 15 December 2018

Time: 7am – 12:30pm

Place: Hong Kong Island

Contact:
Tel: 2526-1011 (Select language then press 4, 5, 0)
Email: flagday@wwf.org.hk

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.

WWF Summer School 2018

25 May


Summer school is a fun and exciting way to learn about our city’s unique ecosystems. Held in July and August, planned nature activities are for groups aged 6-8 and 9-11. With classmates and friends, the groups discover the richness of the natural world, the importance of conserving it and the effects of our daily lifestyle choices on these environments. The WWF’s curriculum based activities are run by their educators at their three centres in Mai Po Nature Reserve, Hoi Ha Wan Marine Life Centre and Island House Conservation Studies Centre, Tai Po.

Nature Adventurers (3 days):

© WWF Hong Kong

The 3-day Nature Adventurers programme takes groups aged 9-11 into the heart of Hong Kong’s rich and unique biodiversity. Day one covers Mai Po’s rich variety of wetland habitats and the thriving biodiversity of the more than 2,050 species they support. Day two will include coral observation, a glass-bottomed boat tour and snorkelling at Hoi Ha. Day three focuses on sustainable living and the impact of excessive carbon emissions and biodiversity loss on our natural environments.
Age: 9-11

Nature Explorers (2 days):

© WWF Hong Kong

The 2-day Nature Explorers programme takes place at WWF’s Island House Conservation Studies Centre in Tai Po. Amidst its lush English-style gardens, which boast over 140 species of local and introduced plants, groups aged 6-8 will discover the vast range of wildlife that is all around them. They will also learn about the threats to habitat loss, sustainable living and how their daily choices impact our natural environment.
Age: 6-8

Ocean Explorers (2 days):

© WWF Hong Kong

The 2-day Ocean Explorers programme takes groups aged 6-8 years old on a journey through marine biodiversity and marine conservation at Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park, which boasts more hard coral species than the Caribbean Sea. What a great way to discover the ocean! The programme includes a glass-bottomed boat tour, introduction to sustainable fisheries and a marine litter study at Sandy Beach.
Age: 6-8

To download the brochure, for additional information on dates and fees, please visit the WWF website by following this link.

For more information, call 2526 1011 (press 2 for English and then 8) or email education@wwf.org.hk

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.

Big Bird Race 2018 is open for registration

17 Mar

WWF-Hong Kong’s longest-running supporter event, Big Bird Race, is now open for registration! The event involves local and overseas bird-watching teams attempting to spot and record the greatest number of bird species in a 12-hour period. Teams can start anywhere in Hong Kong, but must complete the race at Mai Po Nature Reserve.

What are you waiting for? Get your binoculars ready and register now! Registration closes 30 March.

© Michelle & Peter Wong

Common name: Spotted redshank
Scientific name: Tringa erythropus
Body length: 29-32cm
Estimated population in Hong Kong: 2,500 in 1987, 397 in 2012
Occurrence in Hong Kong: Common spring passage migrant, less common in autumn and winter

Date: Saturday, 14 April 2018

Time: 6:30am – 6:30pm

Place: Bird-watching teams may begin anywhere in Hong Kong but must finish the race at Mai Po Nature Reserve.

To find out more about the Big Bird Race and to download the Enrollment Form, please follow this link.

About WWF-Hong Kong: WWF-Hong Kong was founded in 1981 and is an integral part of WWF’s global network. WWF-Hong Kong‘s work began with managing Mai Po Nature Reserve and conserving iconic species. Over the years, they have expanded and adjusted their mission to better serve Hong Kong’s conservation and education needs and align themselves with WWF’s global strategy.

You don’t have to be an environmentalist to support the work that WWF-Hong Kong do. No matter who you are or where you live, you just need to believe that the Earth is our one and only home and that we have a duty to care for this planet. If you believe this and can agree to make some changes in your daily life, then you will help create a brighter future for all of us.

Earth Hour 2018 – Take the Earth Hour Pledge

12 Mar


We’re facing the biggest environmental challenge our generation has ever seen. No matter what we’re passionate about, something we care about will be affected by climate change. Sea levels are rising and oceans are becoming warmer.

Climate change poses a fundamental threat to the places, species and people’s livelihoods. It can amplify existing threats and increase biodiversity loss. Our ocean’s diversity of life is at risk from the changing climate. Oceans absorb most of the heat and about 25% of carbon dioxide generated by human. It also hosts coral reefs – the important habitats which house one-fourth of known marine species in the globe. However, thermal and acidification stress in oceans cause coral bleaching and half of the world’s coral reefs have been lost in the past 30 years.

By taking the Earth Hour pledge, you help raise awareness about climate change. “I pledge to support Earth Hour by turning off all non-essential lights for one hour on 24 March 2018 at 8:30pm. I also pledge to safeguard the future of the Earth by treasuring the world’s natural resources, choosing sustainable products, reducing waste as well as promoting and using renewable energy wherever possible.”

Date: 24 March 2018

Time: 8:30 – 9:30pm

Place: Anywhere you want to be

Individual Pledge: To sign up please follow this link

Schools: To sign up please follow this link

Corporates and Organisations: To sign up please follow this link

What else you can do: As part of Earth Hour 18, WWF-Hong Kong wants to issue an Energy Challenge to cut your energy usage by 1% in the next year. Everyone can join the challenge, individuals, families, mom-and-pop shops and companies. Saving money can help us save the Earth. Watch out for WWF-Hong Kong‘s new Energy Challenge digital platform on their website.

About WWF-Hong Kong: WWF-Hong Kong 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.

Earth Hour is the largest global environmental movement with enthusiastic participation from various sectors, which attracts attention from large sections of the community every year. WWF-Hong Kong welcomes generous support from corporate partners and organizations on Earth Hour 2018. Please contact WWF-Hong Kong at (852) 2526 1011 or by email earthhour@wwf.org.hk for more details.

Walk for Nature at Mai Po 2017

23 Aug


Walk for Nature is now open for registration

Walk for Nature” is an annual fundraising event held in Hong Kong’s iconic Mai Po Nature Reserve that has been held for the past 25 years. Participants walk a set route around the Reserve, which is in the Inner Deep Bay wetlands. Mai Po was recognized as “Wetland of International Importance” under the Ramsar Convention in 1995. Since 1940s, observers at the Mai Po Inner Deep Bay wetlands have recorded a total of 400 different species of birds, accounting for 75 per cent of the known bird species in Hong Kong and giving it a reputation as a paradise for birds. Among them are 35 species that are classified as worldwide endangered species. The Reserve also provides habitat for many species of both flora and fauna.

© Martin Harvey / WWF-Hong Kong

Walk for Nature, WWF-Hong Kong’s most significant educational fundraising event, aims to engage the public about the need to protect Hong Kong’s local natural environment and strengthen their awareness of the importance of environmental conservation.

There are four categories that you can join: Adult, Family, Child or Youth, and Senior.

Date: 4-5 November 2017

Time: 9:30am – 6pm
There will be 10 time slots each day running consecutively at half hour intervals from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Participants can choose their preferred time slot during the registration process.

Place: Mai Po Nature Reserve

Note: Suitable for 4 years old and above
*For safety reasons, baby strollers and prams are not allowed in the Reserve.

Price:

“Walk for Nature” 2017 is now open for registration. To register, please follow this link.

If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to contact WWF staff at 2526-1011 or email walk@wwf.org.hk.

About WWF: WWF was founded in 1961 by a group of passionate and committed individuals with the vision and determination to change the future – for good of the natural world and for all life on Earth.

Today, WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected conservation organizations, with a network active in more than 100 countries. WWF is currently carrying out more than 1,300 conservation projects around the planet – from small-scale local conservation projects to large-scale species protection projects which span all continents.

Their goal is to build a future in which humans can live in harmony with nature.