Newsletter May 2015
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Dr. Vivian Wong, Chairperson of Friends of the Earth (HK) presented electronic certificate of appreciation to the guests officiating at the “Trees.COOLiving” kick off ceremony. The e-cards are available on “Trees.COOLiving” website to donors.  The paper liner which symbolized the launch of the campaign has been used in a previous campaigning activity. The reuse of the prop is aimed to demonstrate how we could reduce waste by breaking convention.
Support "Waste.No Way!" on World Environment Day
FoE (HK) is organising “Waste.No Way!” in this year’s World Environment Day. Upcycling fashion, textile recycling, food redistribution and green camp will be introduced to the participants to demonstrate the COOLness of LOHAS. Our COOL Interns will conduct a salon on COOL ways of addressing ‘waste’ as well.

Waste.No Way!
Date: 5 June 2015. (Fri)
Time: 9:00-17:00
Venue: Zero Carbon Building, 8 Sheung Yuet Road, Kowloon Bay
Language: Cantonese and English

Spectators will receive a package of organic tea and be entitled to join the lucky draw. Refreshment will be provided. Please bring your own lunchboxes, tableware and cups.

Join us to create new ways of COOLiving by signing up here!

*The event is sponsored by Shao Ming Lo Foundation.
Be a part in Foodwaste Has Value Carnival!
FoE (HK) is organising a series of “Foodwaste Has Value Carnival”* in May and June, to promote food cherishing in the public housing estates. Don’t miss the cooking demonstration by professional instructor as well as exchange square for second-hand kitchenware and packaged food!

*Website available in Chinese only.
FoE (HK) and The China Business Centre of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University co-organised a forum on 3rd runway on 23 May. Ms. Patricia Wu, Political Assistant of Transport and Housing Bureau, Wilson Fung, Executive Director, Corporate Development of the Airport Authority, Dr. Thomas Chan from The China Business Centre and economist Kevin Tsui and others attended the forum. During the debate, some speakers pointed out the project should be halted; the lack of cost-effectiveness of the project contradicted the sustainable development principle.
Survey on level of environmental friendliness of university orientation camp
FoE (HK) is conducting a survey to find out the level of environmental friendliness of orientation camps to design related environment education activities. If you have ever participated in orientation camps held by tertiary education institutes, please spare two minutes to fill out a simple questionnaire. The survey is anonymous., please go to to complete the questionnaire (Chinese version only).
Regina Miracle, an innovative lifestyle lingerie brand, will donate proceeds collected under the Plastic Shopping Bag Charge solely to FoE (HK).
Green trend in university orientation camps: B.Y.O. Bottle! Be a Green! O Camp!
How many plastic bottles can be generated from an orientation camp (O Camp)? Supposing a person consumes one bottle per day, a 4-day-3-night O Camp with 100 participants can generate 400 waste bottles, an equivalent to 33kg carbon emission. If all the bottles are not recycled but sent to landfills, they will take at least 450 years to be decomposed!

No more disposable bottle! This summer, FoE (HK) and a group of students from different tertiary education institutes once again collaborate for the Green! O Camp Project. First action is to invite all O Campers to B.Y.O Bottle, to reduce bottle waste by supporting refilling. Your O Camps can also take more green actions to compete in the "Green! O Camp Competition". The five greenest and most innovative camps will entitle a HK$3,000 subsidy! For details, please visit
FoE (HK), with the help of the Institute for the Environment of HKUST, conducted a research to see how traffic congestion jeopardises the roadside air quality and travel time variability of public transport in Central. The results revealed that the highest pollution levels and longest journeys were experienced during PM rush hour (after 6pm) as the private cars clog up the traffic. FoE (HK) calls for public transport to get priority in the use of road space over private cars. [Video]
Articles (in chronological order)
Return the road to mass transport (20/05/2015) (Chinese version only)
Less energy consumption by re-prioritising the public transport (25/05/2015) (Chinese version only)
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