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Friends of the Earth (HK) e-Newsletter Issue October

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Let’s Save Energy Together in Tuen Mun Gold Coast

The Jockey Club COOL Neighbours for Energy Saving Exhibition will move to Tuen Mun Gold Coast from 12 to 18 October. When you stroll along the beach and enjoy the romantic Autumn, please  remember to attend the exhibition, join our workshops and enjoy the fun games. Let’s work together to save electricity smartly and have a low carbon living.

Please stay tuned at JCCN Facebook fan page for the latest information. For inquiries, please call 3184 1519 or email to jccn@foe.org.hk.

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Mangkhut Warns the Government Must Formulate Policies to Combat Climate Change
Floods, fallen trees and broken windows - super typhoon Mangkhut has reminded us that extreme weather events related to climate change are becoming more frequent and more deadly. FoE (HK) urges the Government to incorporate the following recommendations in the 2018 policy address so as to formulate  policies to address climate change:

  1. Set carbon reduction target of 80% by 2050 and 10% renewable energy supply by 2030. 
  2. Mandate distributed renewable energy generation in all government premises and government funded institutions such as public housing estates and hospitals.
  3. Establish climate change emergency office to coordinate and enhance Hong Kong’s preparedness to climate threats. 
  4. Collaborate with the Greater Bay Area on environmental info database, risks analysis and trend tracking.
  5. Adopt an Urban Forestry Policy to enhance HK’s greenery ratio. 
  6. Divest investment from fossil fuels and demonstrate Hong Kong’s green finance leadership. 

Please watch our newly released Policy Address video or read our submission to learn more. 

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Vote for “The Earth Academy – City Forest. Forest City”

The 46,000 reported cases of fallen trees made by Mangkhut have aroused the public awareness of tree risk management. In the episode 11 of the CIBS programme "The Earth Academy – City Forest . Forest City” produced by FoE (HK), Professor Jim Chi-yung and Chief Executive of the Conservancy Association, Mr. Ken So shared on how to conduct a tree risk assessment. You are welcome to catch up the programme to understand more about fallen trees.

Radio Television Hong Kong has set up the "CIBS Awards”. "The Most Popular Radio Programme” is given to the CIBS radio programme receiving the largest number of "Likes” in public voting. Please vote for "The Earth Academy – City Forest . Forest City” on or before 7 October.

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Views on Land Supply: Don't Sacrifice the Environment for the Sake of Development

FoE (HK) attended a special meeting of the Legislative Council's Panel on Development to express our views on planning for land supply in Hong Kong. FoE (HK) urged the Government to adopt our following suggestions to balance development and environmental protection. 

1. Environmental Conservation Must Not be Sacrificed

The peripheral areas are part of the ecology of the country parks. They can serve as a buffer between urban development and the countryside. Additionally, reclamation not only threatens endangered species, but also ultimately inflicts irreversible damage on the marine ecology.

2. Increase Land Supply through the Resumption of Brownfields

Hong Kong has approximately 1,300 ha of brownfield sites, sufficient to meet the short term target of 1,200 ha set by the Government. The Government should recover the brownfields for housing purposes using the Lands Resumption Ordinance. 

3. Pursue Sustainable Development, Not Sustainable Growth

The government constantly emphasizes creating capacity for sustainable growth. However, development within country parks and marine reclamation would cause irreversible damage to the environment and ecosystems, which is definitely not sustainable growth. FoE (HK) urges the Government to have long-term planning for sustainable development. 


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Jockey Club Smart City Tree Management Project
Though under severe threat of Typhoon Mangkhut, our first class of "Capacity Building Programme” has been successfully kicked-off on 15 September , with lots of sunshine and laughers. Over 30 students from different tertiary institutions gathered to have an interesting and inspiring talk by Professor Derrick Lai from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Professor Lai has shared with us the introduction of urban forestry and his "secret garden” of which even CUHK students do not aware of this exciting research area! We look forward seeing more students from different disciplines shortly again. Interested parties could visit our Facebook for our upcoming activities!
“Jockey Club COOL Neighbours for Energy Saving” School Talk
Thanks for the invitation by schools, we can share the information of renewable energy and climate change to the students. Comprehend the changes of electricity usage in our daily life by knowing the numbers on the electricity bill. We hope students would share the knowledge with their families and take bold steps for environmental protection and have smart energy saving life together.

Please stay tuned at JCCN Facebook fan page for the latest information. For inquiries, please call 3184 1519 or email to jccn@foe.org.hk.
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Green Delight in Estates
Green Delight in Estates Phase 11, jointly organised by the Hong Kong Housing Authority and FoE (HK), concluded successfully. Over the year, various community engagement activities like LOHAS Fun Days, Green Tours, MSW Auditing Scheme and Home Greening Workshops were held in 12 public housing estates to share the importance of waste reduction and recycling with residents. Hopefully, residents will continue to practice the green living lifestyle in the future.
‘Hong Kong’s Plastic Crisis’ Green Talk
Invited by Kwai Chung Hospital, FoE (HK) has spoken to over 90 hospital’s staff and service users on plastic crisis and its solutions in Hong Kong on 20 September 2018. You are welcome to view the event photos.
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Super Typhoon Mangkhut is a flood threat, but climate change will bring much worse
Super Typhoon Mangkhut is forecast to hit Hong Kong tomorrow. Have we learned from the past to minimise the threats?

On August 29, several districts in the New Territories experienced torrential rain and flash floods, even on an amber rainstorm warning...
土地充足 獨欠規劃
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抗氣候變化 港府勿遲疑

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