Newsletter Dec 2015



Paris Agreement

The Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was adopted by 195 nations on 12 December, aiming to combat climate change and initiate actions and investment towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future. The 31-page document was considered to be the world's first universal agreement on climate change.

The main objective of the agreement is to keep a global temperature rise this century well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to strive to limit the temperature increase further to 1.5°C. The agreement has signaled an end to the fossil fuel era, with a long-term emissions goal to reach net zero emissions in the second half of the century. It places a legal obligation on developed countries to raise USD100 billion per year by 2020 to strengthen support for developing countries in fostering greener economies. It also includes a global stocktake review mechanism to review and revise the pledges and the greenhouse gas reduction targets every 5 years starting in 2023.

The agreement alone is not enough to solve the climate change problem. It just sets a framework which requires joint efforts from government, corporate and individual to move towards a low carbon economy and a new sustainable era.



“Angels on the Earth – Great Plan with Small Action” launching ceremony

In response to Pope Francis's appeal to global climate change, Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong held the launching ceremony of “Angels on the Earth – Great Plan with Small Action” at Victoria Peak on 5th December. Dr. Vivian Wong, Chairperson of FoE(HK), was invited to have a discussion with Rev. Antony Chang on the climate change and environmental advocacy.

Click here for the event details (Chinese version only)



Country Parks Appreciation Day

With the theme “Save Our Country Parks”, the first “Country Parks Appreciation Day” was held by Save Our Country Parks Alliance on 13 December. Over thousands of visitors have participated in the event by taking selfies with the tag of #SaveOurCountryParks across social media.

FoE(HK) has also sent representatives to support the event. At the opening ceremony, our CEO, Ms Suzanne Cheung, urged every one of us to cherish country parks, "I love country parks. Country parks bring a lot of environmental benefits - supplying wildlife habitats to enhance biodiversity, absorbing carbon dioxide (GHG) to mitigate climate change, providing greenery which benefits our mental and physical health, and serving as an important source of clean drinking water."

Click here to view the interview video.



“Climate Change and You” Forum

On 3rd December, Chairperson of FoE(HK), Dr. Vivian Wong, was invited as a guest speaker to the forum, “Climate Change and You”, organized by ECrent. It gathered many consulate representatives, namely US, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Angola, South Africa and Peru, to show their support for a global agreement in COP21.

According to Dr. Vivian Wong, “Hong Kong should review our carbon reduction plans using absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emission and CO2 equivalent. In line with C40 cities, we should set comparable renewable energy targets. Civil society should work together to actualize a more ambitious yet realistic waste reduction plan.”



7,500 tertiary students supported Green! O Camp 2015

Winners of the second Project Green! O Camp were announced! The Green! O Camp Project was supported by a total of 42 tertiary student societies and 7,500 students. With their joint efforts, over 5,000 bottled drinks, more than 8,000 pieces of waste items, over 1,000kg of food waste and 2,800 pieces of A4 paper were saved. More than 3,000 pieces of surplus materials were recycled and redistributed.

Click here to check the list of awardees.




2nd Hand Goods Barter Markets

The new phase of 2nd Hand Goods Barter Market will start soon. Over 20,000 items were exchanged last year. The barter markets will be held in 9 public housing estates in Hong Kong. As Chinese New Year approaches, come and share your items which are still clean and in good condition with your neighbors.

For more details, please click here.


Cherish Food Family

Chinese New Year is coming! Don’t forget to keep the virtue of cherishing food during big festivals! FoE(HK) and Towngas have collaborated to launch a series of animation named “Cherish Food Family”. The animation will be uploaded to Youtube in the coming weeks. Let’s watch the latest video with your family ( and learn the ways of wasting no food. Have a Green New Year!






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