Friends of the Earth (HK) Newsletter March | April e-Newsletter
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Joint Study Tour in Tai Lam Country Park on Opposing Country Park Land Development
FoE (HK) and other green groups visited the edge of Tai Lam Country Park, the area which was suggested to develop public housing. Large area of forests and agriculture lands were found to have significant ecological value. We opposed Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's proposal to build public housing on the edges of country parks and urged the government to retrieve and develop the over 1,000 hectares of brownfield in the New Territories first to solve the housing shortage problem.
Municipal Solid Waste Charging – Zero Waste City
FoE(HK) applauds the Hong Kong government for taking steps to reduce waste by announcing the proposed implementation arrangements for municipal solid waste (MSW) charging on 20 March 2017. We propose the following 4 recommendations for the ‘Zero Waste City’:

1. Develop material recovery facilities in each of the 18 districts to receive and sort out solid waste for recycling and to mange logistics
2. Support the recycling industry through leasing the land with a lower rent and longer duration
3. Subsidize public organizations for green procurement
4. Encourage whistle blowing by offering financial incentive and punish fly tipping by heavy penalty

Please click here for the detailed suggestions by FoE(HK).
Water Forum 2017
Water Forum 2017 was held successfully at City Gallery Central. It was the third Water Forum organized by FoE(HK). Water Supplies Department is the co-organizer of this forum.

Dr. Vivian Wong, Chairman of FoE(HK) expressed our aspiration to all guests and audience during the opening remarks. Mr. Enoch Lam Tin-sing, Director of Water Supplies was the officiating guest of the event. Over 150 distinguish speakers, VIP guests and audience participated in the forum, and shared their insights, views and opinions along the theme of ‘Climate Change Resilience – Sponge City’. Colleagues from different government departments showcased their works and projects on preparing for challenges of the extreme weather threats on water aspect. Innovative technologies and finance instruments for water management have been shared and explored. Awardees of Sons of Dongjiang Award also showed their dedication and aspiration in environment protection at the forum. The forum has brought insights for people to work toward appropriate strategy for total water management for Hong Kong’s future.
Sons of Dongjiang Award-cum-Incubation Programme 2017
Powered by The Earth Academy of FoE(HK), the “Sons of Dongjiang Award-cum-Incubation Programme 2017” was successfully completed. Thanks to the support of our cross-sector volunteer veteran mentors, our Sons of Dongjiang awardees were empowered to showcase various innovative climate adaptation strategies, and to share insights on what Hong Kong can learn from the six most climate change resilient cities with over 150 cross-sector professionals at our “Water Forum 2017”. As a finale of the Programme, the awardees were delighted to join a guided tour to the Nam Sang Wai River Education Trail via the Yuen Long Bypass Floodway the following day. Committed to incubating green human capital, the Earth Academy will continue inspiring young green minds, letting them shine and contribute toward sustainable living.
Lai Chi Wo Experiential Day Camp
The Lai Chi Wo Experiential Day Camp was organized by FoE(HK) to promote the sustainable development of Lai Chi Wo by farming revitalization and Hakka village conservation. The participants enjoyed a boat trip for appreciating the coastal landforms and observing the geology and rocks along the National Geopark of Hong Kong. We visited the traditional Hakka village, Fung Shui Woodland and organic farm at Lai Chi Wo. We also learned the Hakka culture by enjoying the Hakka cuisine lunch and joining the Hakka snack workshop. To recapture the happy moment, please click here for more photos.
Screening of ‘The True Cost’
Ms Suzanne Cheung, CEO of FoE(HK) was invited as the speaker in the panel discussion of the screening of a documentary “The True Cost” organized by Thomson Reuters. “The True Cost” invites us on an eye opening journey into the lives of garment workers and unethical factory practices. Ms Suzanne Cheung introduced the used clothes recycling programme organized by FoE(HK) for raising the audience’s awareness of fast fashion.
Eat Smartly Award Scheme 2017
“Eat Smartly Award Scheme 2017” had been successfully kicked-off in Kwai Shing West Estate and Shui Chuen O Estate respectively. In order to raise residents’ awareness of waste reduction and encourage the habit of BYOB3 (Bottle, Box and Bag), residents could receive discount from participating shop tenants if they support one of the “Eat Smartly” Actions and present the discount coupon before ordering.
Green Delight in Estates – Food Cherish Fun Day
The Green Delight in Estates – Food Cherish Fun Day was successfully held at Oi Tung Estate, Hong Tung Estate and Yiu Tung Estate. The Fun Day consisted of different sections including promotional display booths, workshops for food waste reducing, recycling green games, Chinese medicine practitioner consultations. Through different booth games and workshops, participants could understand the importance of green living style so as to reduce waste generation.
Green Fun Day – Green Tour, Food‧No Waste
Green Fun Day – Green Tour, Food‧No Waste was successfully held. This is a one-day activity for participants to experience how to be an Eco Expert. Participants could stroll around in ‘sea’ of Canola flowers, visit organic farm, join sharing session of green and healthy living habits with Chinese medicine practitioner, participle food waste workshop and learn more on clean recycling. Last but not least, we collected unsold foods in wet market and enjoyed the meal made from collected surplus food.
ECO Star Awards 2016
Ms Suzanne Cheung, CEO of FoE(HK) was invited as the award presenter at the ‘ECO Star Awards 2016’ Prize Presentation Ceremony. The Road Show Media Limited organized the ECO Star Award annually to express commendations to the environmental activists and promote public awareness of sustainable environmental protection.
Tree Planting Challenge 2017
One of the FOE(HK)’s flagship programs namely ‘Tree Planting Challenge 2017’ (TPC) will be held again on 30 April 2017, in Tai Lam Country Park!

It is a unique environmental activity that combines tree-planting, hiking and a test of your endurance. Since 2005, 83,000 seedlings were planted on the slopes in various country parks with more than 9,000 participants in past 10 years.

We now invite all nature lovers to experience the challenge of tree-planting work and spread the message to "Save Trees, Conserve Nature". Let’s take action to reduce our carbon footprint and stop global warming. Learn more about the impact of climate change.

Stay tuned for more updates by visiting our website or Facebook page.
Annual Forum 2017 of the Environmental Division of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers
As an advocate of Smart Eco-city, FoE(HK) is delighted to support the Annual Forum 2017 organized by the Environmental Division of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers - “Paradigm Shift: Emergence of Environmental Management and Engineering in the Development of Hong Kong into a World City” . Urbanization has aroused a series of environmental problems. To adapt to the ever-changing environment in confronting with issues like climate change and the decline of biodiversity, developing infrastructures in a systematic and sustainable manner is necessary. The Annual Forum provides a golden opportunity for professional engineers, experts, academics and industry stakeholders to give insights on advanced technologies for developing a World-Class city. Local and overseas experiences will be shared to stimulate initiatives that could further reinforce Hong Kong’s status as a World City.

Date: 27 April 2017(Thursday)
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East (3 Tong Tak Street, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong)
Language: English

For details of the forum and registration, please click here.
Concerned about climate change? Want to know how to get involved? FoE(HK) cordially invite you to join The 4th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC2017@HK) on 21– 22 April 2017!

The two-day conference includes 18 presentations and 4 panel discussions. With more than 250 professionals and dignitaries are expected to attending the conference, ICCC2017@HK will set the stage for one of the largest and comprehensive events on climate change in Asia.

For conference details and registration, please click here.
New Discounts on Green Products by Mindfield
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. Mindfield Limited will become one of our partners of COOL Ambassador Program with effective from 1 April 2017. By entering the predefined promotional code during online shopping via Mindfield online store, COOL Ambassadors are entitled to 15% discount on local grown vegetables.

The COOL Ambassador program 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.

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.

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