Well, we’ve had our little summer hiatus and it’s back to the monthly beach cleanups till Christmas. Except this month we’ve got 2! That’s right- we’re kicking off the season with our annual post lantern festival beach cleanup on the main Kai Tak beach, where we can witness what an evening of single use items, looks like the next day.
The lantern festival Monday night is a lovely event for families but it would be so much better if people bought down their beautiful REUSABLE lanterns rather than buying cheap gaudy plastic ones that are only ever intended to make it through one night. Have you got a lovely lantern you already own at home you can bring down this time? How about a pretty paper one? Even better hand made with recycled paper. Do you have some battery powered fairy lights to add interest to your plot of the beach or that can be used inside your paper lantern? We have found small reusable torches inside also very effective. Here a few websites that might inspire you….
In any case the next morning there is a fun beach cleanup. It is a great cleanup for young children as they love to pick up the left over glow sticks and barely used lanterns left on the beach. Starts at 9am on the main DB beach.
Last years Post Lantern Festival great glowstick lineup
Bring your own water (in reusable bottles of course), sunscreen, insect repellent. And enjoy!
Come and say hello at DBIS Saturday morning 9 till 1pm. DB Green will have a stall along with lots of DB based organisations to show you what’s on offer in our community this new year. Ask any green related questions and find out what we’re up to, what you can join in on (especially for those secondary students requiring community service work) and when.
Despite our requests not to hold a flea market in the middle of the school holidays they have put this one in. Unfortunately Dana, Tracey and myself are all away so we won’t be holding a stall today however if you have things to donate then please just donate to any one of the charity stalls along the wall from the bank to the post office. Its all about reduce, reuse and recycle for us.
The next flea market is not until December which is crazy but we will be looking at trying to hold one in the large area of the Siena 2 gardens so standby for news on that one.
Hope you’re having a good weekend! It’s 1 degree Celsius tonight in Rotorua, NZ where I am- and although a nice break from Hong Kongs heat I’m thinking I’ll appreciate that heat in a couple of weeks time!
Join us for a screening of PSP’s latest film, Keep Lantau Beautiful, designed to spark conversation and empower HK to take action to save some of its last remaining green space. Narrated by Carl Ng and featuring some of HK’s most incredible changemakers, this short fully bilingual film aims to stir shift up.
Can’t make the screening? Sign the petition at bit.ly/lantau and spread the word!
Hemingway’s Tuesday 24th 7.30pm FREE TICKETS need to be reserved at eventbrite. Numbers are limited and are booking fast.
Please see the information below detailing what is happening about the incinerator and other related waste issues. The incinerator WILL have a huge impact on Discovery Bay, and it is in our best interests to be aware of the issues and make your voice heard via the petitions, the protest, etc.
Please share with your friends and your village residents. The protest is tomorrow so please forward as soon as you can.
The efforts to stop the Incinerator are continuing in many different ways throughout the community. Huge thanks to everyone and please, please do continue with your efforts as we are now at a very critical stage.
Here are some of the ways people can continue to help (join in where you can):
1) Join the protest rally being organized and led by ESF primary students on Monday 26 May. Meet in the designated demonstration area at the harbour end of LegCo between 1:20-1:30. Kenneth Chan will receive the petitions and speeches at 1:45. It will last around 20-30 minutes. LIM will supply banners and placards on the 12.10 ferry from Mui Wo and at 1.00 at the designated demonstration area. Please wear black and / or white clothing (if possible) for maximum impact.
3) Attend LegCo Public Works Subcommittee meeting which is discussing whether or not to approve funding for the incinerator at 9.00 am on Tuesday 27 May by booking a seat in the public gallery on 3919 3399. This vote is no longer 3 (landfill extensions) + 1 (incinerator). The landfill extensions have now all been approved by Public Works Subcommittee – if there is no-one in the public gallery on Tuesday our legislators might conclude that there is no opposition to the incinerator. The East Lantau Metropolis (title on agenda of: 768CL Strategic studies for artificial islands in the Central Waters) will also be discussed at this meeting – but is the 5th item on the agenda so could be deferred. http://www.legco.gov.hk/yr13-14/english/fc/pwsc/agenda/pwsc20140527.htm
In addition to these activities, the LIM Committee is working on the issue of the East Lantau Megatropolis, the funding for which is also due to be discussed by the Public Works Subcommittee on Tuesday.
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This Sunday there will be tree planting near the Lookout conservation area from 10am onwards. If you’d like to plant a tree or 2, please wear sturdy shoes, wear jeans or hard wearing trousers, bring plenty of water and a snack- if you want to replenish yourself surrounded by nature. Don’t forget a hat and sunscreen and insect repellant. In recent weekends the trees have been planted by 1pm so come up early if you don’t want to miss out planting a tree that will hopefully be around long after we’ve all gone!
To get there you head up towards the golf course- about 2/3rds of the way up there is a concrete road towards the Lookout and the conservation area is about 200m on your left- look for activity. John can be contacted on 94575548 or myself (on Sunday only 98109070). We plant in all weather. The forecast is hot hot hot on Sunday.
Donations happily accepted. The trees and the equipment required, average out to about $20 per tree. Hope to see you there!
Join us for our second last beach cleanup before the summer holidays. We bring the gloves, bags and water refills. You bring a reusable water bottle. Please wear sturdy shoes and sun protection (although that might not be a problem this weekend!) Hope to see you on Sunday at 1pm on Nim Shue Wan!
We are also looking for a few adult or older teenage volunteers for a special beach cleanup on Sam Pak Wan on Saturday May 10 at 9am for about 3 hours. We are doing a trial for a 2-year marine waste study, organised by WWF. We will be documenting the trash within a defined area on the beach. Please send an email to email@example.com if you can help.
Starting today 12th April until the 4th May: Ocean Art Walk 2014 which will be held in Stanley. The art walk features sculptures and installations, a photography collection and a series of dance performances. Liina Klaus will be exhibiting an interactive installation called ‘垃圾排檔’ or ‘lost’n'found’ using local beach rubbish. See picture below.
There is a program for the whole family including free guided tours (at 11am and 1pm weekends- need to pre-register at firstname.lastname@example.org) for the art walk and dance performances 12 April at 2.30pm and on 13, 19 and 20 April at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. For more info see http://liinaklauss.blogspot.hk/ The event initiated by ocean recovery alliance and hk youth art foundation raises awareness for our oceans through visual arts and performance arts.
BEACH CLEANUP: Saturday 1-4pm to at Sam Pak Wan (North Plaza beach).
Beach cleanup- bring your own water bottle and we’ll provide water refill, gloves, and, if you’ve worked really hard we’ll get some pizza to replenish you at the end!
TREE PLANTING: Sunday 9am till 4pm
Go up the road towards the golf course, taking a right at the concrete road that leads to the Lookout. Go about 100m and look for people on the hill on your left. If you can’t see anyone call the following numbers (they might be just on the other side of the hill). John Horwood on 9457 5548 or his wife Tiareti on 97328985. This is the first tree planting of the season and as they say- many hands make light work. All volunteers, experienced or not are welcome. We can usually find easy areas for our young folks to have a go and for some strapping students etc we’ll find you some tougher spots. Wear long trousers and long sleeve shirt and sturdy shoes or hiking boots. Bring your own water supply and picnic lunch if you’re making a day of it.