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October e-Newsletter : 👚Tips for Clothes Recycling, Beach Cleanup Action 2019, FoE (HK) Response to the 2019 Policy Address Public Consultation

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Tips for Clothes Recycling
Our Waste.No Way Recycling Programme has already been organised for 18 years! We sincerely appreciate public’s support on our programme and we ask for your continuous contribution on sustainable consumption. This time, we would like to offer you some tips for clothes recycling with the hope that your donated clothes could find their second "master” successfully.

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Hong Kong Beach Cleanliness Survey
Hong Kong has numerous beaches which provide convenient outdoor spots for water activities. Nevertheless, according to the Government statistics, the total rubbish collected from local beaches and coasts in 2017 is 15,439 tonnes. The garbage problem is getting worse.

Through this survey, FoE (HK) aims to investigate local citizens' impression towards beaches in Hong Kong and discover how locals use beaches. We hope to remind the public to keep our beaches clean, so as to protect our precious natural resources.
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Support UN Climate Action Summit Let's decarbonise Hong Kong Together
Climate change is happening and getting worse. In the face of the climate crisis, leaders from government, business, and civil society gathered at the United Nations Climate Action Summit on 23 September to develop climate action plans.

As a coastal city, Hong Kong is particularly vulnerable to climate change. The Government must recognise the need to address climate change by adopting the 1.5°C target from the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming and prepare a long-term strategy for rapid and deep decarbonisation before 2050...
As the threat of climate change rises, Hong Kong could shine as a regional green finance hub
Climate change is currently the most serious environmental threat facing humanity. A recent study revealed that the sea level could rise by 2 metres before the end of the century at the current rate of carbon emissions. By then, 1.8 million sq km of land would be lost and more than 180 million people would lose their homes. Hong Kong, a subtropical coastal city which frequently suffers extreme weather, will bear the brunt of urban flooding...
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政府間氣候變化專門委員會(Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,IPCC)上月發布的「氣候變化與陸地特別報告」,把焦點放在我們如何使用(往往是濫用)自然資源上。

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Beach Cleanup Action 2019

Recent years, massive amount of marine litter is found at beaches in Hong Kong. Apart from adverse impact on our beautiful shorelines, it inevitably affects our marine eco-system. With concerted effort, corporates are encouraged to work with us together for protecting our ocean. 

Date: 3 November, 2019 (Sun)
Venue: Lung Kwu Tan Beach, Tuen Mun
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Participant: Corporate supporters & their families (Age 12 or above)

For registration or enquiries, please contact Mr. Isaac Ho at 3184-1561 from Business Engagement Team.

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FoE (HK) Response to the 2019 Policy Address Public Consultation

The Government launched the 2019 Policy Address public consultation. As a progressive international city, Hong Kong must recognise the need to address climate change. FoE (HK) made the following overarching recommendations to improve the city’s liveability on both mitigation and adaptation measures and specific green finance policies:

  1. Adopt the carbon targets from the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C;
  2. Develop renewable energy and integrate demand side management;
  3. Cap private car ownership and phase out fossil fuel vehicles;
  4. Implement the most appropriate form of carbon pricing for Hong Kong;
  5. Strengthen coastal resilience in face of extreme weather events;
  6. Solidify Hong Kong’s position as the green finance leader in the region;
  7. Scale up environmental sustainability requirements and divest from fossil fuels

Our response paper specifically on green finance is also available here.

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Hong Kong Needs to Accelerate its Pace to Formulate Strategies for a Long-term, Low-carbon Future
Climate change is threatening Hong Kong people’s livelihood with heatwaves, storm surges, heavy precipitation, and more. The Council for Sustainable Development launched the public engagement exercise in setting Hong Kong’s long-term decarbonisation strategy. To limit global warming to 1.5°C, FoE (HK) made numerous recommendations on the opportunities for change, including the energy, buildings, and transportation sectors, sustainable consumption, green finance, and more.
The Launch of Green Finance Facebook page
Beside Green Finance Blog, FoE (HK) has officially launched Green Finance Facebook page. Green finance is now emerging in Hong Kong yet there is still little research and analysis. 
We hope to disseminate information about green finance to the public more widely through social media. We also welcome ideas from all walks of life to share their views about this issue on this platform. By investing green, we are taking solid action on protecting our environment and we can also be benefitted in a financial perspective. 

Please stay tuned for the updates on our Green Finance Facebook page.
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Briefing Session for Public Engagement on Long-term Decarbonisation Strategy
Organised by FoE (HK) and AIGCC, the briefing session for Public Engagement on Long-term Decarbonisation Strategy for Financial Practitioners was successfully held on 6 Sept. The session comprised of a brief introduction of the climate strategy consultation and interactive discussion on green responsive financing and green bonds.
Hong Kong Green Building Week 2019
Hong Kong Green Building Week 2019 (HKGBW), the territory-wide event was held on 21-22 Sept. As one of the supporting organisations, FoE (HK) joined the kick-off ceremony and we are glad to see that the events had aroused public’s attention on how green building helps combating climate change. To know more about our views on green buildings, please watch the video. 
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FoE (HK) welcomes people from all walks of life 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 visit our website. 

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