Friends of the Earth (HK) Newsletter November | December e-Newsletter
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The First Green Business Forum for Asia and the Pacific
On 22-24 November 2016, Dr. Vivian Wong, chairperson of FoE (HK), was invited to attend Asian Development Bank’s first Green Business Forum for Asia and the Pacific at Manila, Philippines. The green business practitioners, government officials and green groups’ leaders had an open dialogue and shared their ideas and experiences to promote green business.
The First International Forest City Conference
On 29 – 30 November 2016, Dr. Vivian Wong, chairperson of FoE (HK), was invited to attend the first International Forest City Conference organized by the State Forestry Administration and some other organizations. The conference promoted dialogue and collaboration on new ideas in building forest cities and achieving the United Nation's goal of sustainable cities.
EMSD Summit 2016 - Imaginovate Hong Kong
“EMSD Summit 2016 - Imaginovate Hong Kong” was held on 17 - 18 November 2016 at the Hong Kong Science Park. Dr. Vivian Wong, chairperson of FoE (HK), was invited as the speaker at “EMSD Summit 2016 – Imaginovate Hong Kong”. She presented the flagship initiative of FoE (HK) “Trees.COOLiving”, to promote the lifestyle of health and sustainability (LOHAS) from the perspective on global environmental issues.

To view the speech content, please click here.
For more information about EMSD Summit 2016, please click here.
Chi Fu Fa Yuen “Kids Barter Fun 2016”
On 5 November 2016, FoE (HK) was invited by Chi Fu Fa Yuen, to attend the “Kids Barter Fun 2016”. Dr. Jeffrey Hung, RDS manager of FoE (HK), was invited to deliver a speech about green tips and the latest news of FoE (HK) in the opening ceremony. A game stall with the theme of “Reduce Food Waste” was set up to raise awareness on the effects of food waste on the environment.
CatchOn “Future of Food” Forum
On 10 November 2016, CatchOn organized the “Future of Food” Forum, looking into the key issues and emerging trends in the culinary world. Famed chefs, food writers and industry stakeholders were invited to discuss the new role of chefs, global food production, and the food blogger movement. Mr. Wendell Chan, project officer of FoE (HK), was invited to share his knowledge on Hong Kong’s food waste issues and solutions. For more information, please click here.
Sending Warmth to the Needy in Winter 2016
Co-organized with Kwai Chung Hospital for the ninth consecutive year, the “Sending Warmth to the Needy in Winter” was successfully held on 25 November 2016, to help those who are struggling to make ends meet. Over 600 used winter clothes were washed and sorted by the Kwai Chung Hospital and the Kai Hong volunteers. The event had benefited more than 300 families. For event photos, please click here.
Food Cherish Fun Day
Food Cherish Fun Day - the flagship event of “Green Delight in Estate” was successfully held on the 10 - 11 December 2016, in both Shek Wai Kok Estate and Kwai Shing West Estate. In order to raise public awareness about the importance of waste reduction and green lifestyle, Educational activities have been organized e.g. workshops, barter market, game booths and Chinese medicine booth had been set up. Thank you all for your active participation.
Water Conservation Week 2016
Organized by the Water Supplies Department, the "Water Conservation Week 2016" was held from 17 – 21 November, 2016, Ms. Suzanne Cheung, CEO of FoE (HK), was invited to the "Water Resource Sustainability - Marching On" seminar on 20 November 2016, to share the achievements of our "Dongjiang River Partner Upstream Downstream Partnership Project" at Xunwu Country.

For more information, please click here.
Dongjiang Headstream Village Green Project
The weeding work for two tree planting sites was carried out in October and November 2016. The tree seedlings in the two Hong Kong Forest sites were planted in April 2015 and April 2016. Tree seedlings planted in spring should be taken care at the same year for various maintenance activities, such as weeding, top dressing of fertilizer, and so on. Total over 20,000 tree seedlings were taken care. Villagers at the headstream of Dongjiang (East River) were helping the weeding work, which is part of the grassroot eco-compensation activities of FoE (HK). We appreciate their effort in the maintenance of the Hong Kong Forest in Xunwu, Jiangxi Province, China.
Response to Public Engagement on the Promotion of Sustainable Consumption of Biological Resources
FoE (HK) responded to the Public Engagement on the Promotion of Sustainable Consumption of Biological Resources. Recommendations include:
1) How to facilitate smart choices for consumers?
2) How to promote best practices among businesses and the public sector?
3) What kinds of education and publicity activities should be pursued?

Detailed document can be viewed from here.
COOL Outing : Jockey Club Lo Wai Chinese Herb Garden
The rescheduled COOL Outing to Jockey Club Lo Wai Chinese Herb Garden was successfully held on 11 December 2016. Our COOL Corporate members and COOL Ambassadors enjoyed the hawthorn roselle juice while learning about Chinese herbs from the guided tour. All participants gained lots of hands-on experience about organic farming. They also brought Cuban Oregano plants home and ready to be urban farmers.
COOL Talk Series - Sharing Economy
Thanks to all COOL Corporate members and participants in attending the fourth COOL Talk Series on 9 December 2016.

As a finale of the COOL Talk Series in 2016, the speakers shared many successful cases and experiences on how to implement “Sharing Economy” in local community and business organizations in view of corporate social responsibility.

We are planning for a new COOL Talk Series in 2017, please stay tuned for FoE (HK) Newsletters.
Food・No Waste
The first tour of Food・No Waste had already finished on 30 December 2016 at Kwai Shing West Estate. With the help of the shop owners and participants, we had collected around 20 kg of fruits and vegetables. All food were cooked and shared. It is our pleasure that we had invited Dr. Vivian Wong, Chairperson of FoE (HK), and Mr. James Wong, Honorary Secretary, to join our event. All participants from Kwai Shing West Estate and Shek Wai Kwok Estate enjoyed the feast with joyfulness.

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Urban Innovations – Vienna
FoE (HK) fully supports the series of “Urban Innovations‧Vienna” organised by the “European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong”. Starting from October 2016 to January 2017, not only will you find over 500 interdisciplinary change-makers from European Cities and Hong Kong, but also be inspired by various pioneering ideas for solving urban problems!

Click here for the upcoming events.
COOL Ambassador Programme
The COOL Ambassador Programme is a platform for leaders to explore, discuss and take action from the environmental perspective, to create positive impacts on the society.

Our COOL Ambassadors play an important role in promoting and establishing environmentally sustainable lifestyle in Hong Kong.

To reward our COOL Ambassadors’ in making Hong Kong a greener city through sustainable actions, e-membership cards will be issued to our COOL Ambassadors and they are entitled to exclusive discounts on green products provided by our partners. It is time for us to establish low carbon lifestyle and plant for our green future!

Click here to register as our COOL Ambassador and view the exclusive benefits and special discounts.
Volunteer Recruitment
FoE (HK) welcomes people from every background and sector to join us as volunteers.

We are now recruiting office volunteers to assist our clerical work including data entry, letter mailing and information arrangement.

Interested parties, please email us at
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