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Posted on June 6th, 2013 in Fund Raising,Outside Hong Kong,Resources,Tree Planting by Kate Wade

Hi DB green,

I was incredibly moved by the following story- please click on this link and take a read of Paul’s field notes and see the incredible photos.

Paul certainly has a way with the camera and the work he is doing to expose what is happening is incredibly vital. Without people like Paul Hilton risking their lives and livelihoods, many of the worlds eco disasters would go undocumented and largely unnoticed. Photographic evidence is vital to the awareness of the world and stopping man made disasters happening.

Paul is wanting to go back now and document some more of the destruction he describes below. Please go onto this page and make a donation !! We all can’t get away from our lives and fight the good fight- but we can feel good about helping someone do it for us! Dig deep!


Urgent Call for Help

Its has been widely reported in the media that the current Aceh administration is planning to open huge amounts of currently protected forest for commercial exploitation. Leading scientist are warning that opening these protected forest will increase natural disasters (ie. Landslide and flooding), human wildlife conflict with community and paved the way to extinction of Sumatra’s megafauna (Critically endangered Sumatran Rhino, Sumatran Tiger, Sumatran Orangutan and Sumatran Elephant). We are writing to request Paul to join our communications team for the duration of 7-10 days to photograph and profile the activities currently taking place undocumented in Aceh. Key aspects would be seeking to capture human-wildlife conflict and “natural disaster” that are currently taking place. The key proposed outcome of Paul’s trip to Aceh is to secure the currently missing images that can send the story of this campaign further than it is currently reaching. Obviously, capturing the images that potray this story are exceptionally difficult and largely based upon being at the right place at the right time. This is where the working relationship between Paul, us, and our local partners provide the highest likelihood of success. Prior to Paul’s arrival two weeks of field survey will be conducted by localized teams of forest rangers, working with local community to indicate the locations where these powerful images which will accelerate the campaign can be captured. Unfortunately our organization is not currently in the financial position to fund the anticipated US$ 6500 cost to bring Paul to the field to photograph what is taking place. However it is viewed as essential for the broader campaign to protect and restore Aceh threatened forest that Paul is able to join the team at this critical time. As of right now, we have field reports of broad scale flooding and landslide along the entire west coast of Aceh and numerous human wildlife conflict taking place in central highland and east coast. The sooner Paul can get here to capture the disaster and conflict the better. Paul’s images, as we have seen in the past internationalize local issues and this is essential for the work we are currently undertaking right now. This project is anticipated to be utilized to raised the profile of the campaign to protect and restore Aceh threatened forest, securing the last habitat where Rhinos, Elephants, Tigers and Orangutans still live in one place. We thank you in advance for your generous support.


Posted on October 15th, 2011 in Beach Clean-up,From You-Articles/Tidbits/Gems,Outside Hong Kong by Kate Wade
Hi folks,
I recently received this email and though I don’t usually go for too much of this touch your heart type emails I did think this one was relevant to us and what we try to do and might emphasize the fact that there are a range of intelligent species on the planet- not just us- that they don’t have a voice and that we have to be that voice for them.
By the way- a big thank you for the volunteers from our last beach cleanup! There was about 100 of us cleaning the beach and from our numerous beach cleanups to date there was no doubt in my mind that this was the worst. The amount of rubbish was phenomenal and our data and figures were sent to combine with the beach cleanups around the world. I’ll get Tracey to add in some pictures and information.
Have a great midterm break for those of you with schoolies!


“…The Whale… If you read a recent front page story of the San Francisco Chronicle, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spiderweb of crab traps and lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso and a line tugging in her mouth.


A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon Islands (outside the Golden Gate ) and radioed an environmental group for help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her. They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her. 


When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed them gently around as she was thanking them. 


Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth said her eyes were following him the whole time, and he will never be the same. 


May you, and all those you love, be so blessed and fortunate to be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you. And, may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude. 


I pass this on to you, my friends, in the same spirit.
Life is good.”

Japanese Institute for Eco-Agricultural Leadership (ARI)by Vicky Lau

Posted on February 10th, 2009 in Outside Hong Kong by Kate Wade

Dear Kate et all,

Since I’m not sure if I can come in time for your meeting Feb 10 evening, I’d like to write you now about another exciting opportunity for anyone who’s head over heels in eco-movements !

I have been in fact volunteering with my friend to help promote a non-profit institute for worldwide community leaders in regard of eco-farming and related topics.

The institue is in Japan and only accepts community leaders to study their 9-month program each year, or serious volunteers to devote 2 or more months as helpers in their management or farming work. In 2008, they had accepted 30 participants from 15 countries.

My friend is a community leader representative from a small country, who was a former volunteer in this institute, but is now residing in Japan as the country’s offical rep, so she is co-ordinating with me as volunteers to help promote the institute to Chinese people, in the hope to recruiting China leaders so that after graduation, they will benefit China with what they have learned, such as organic farming, nutrition, community leadership, eco education, policies, etc.

We do it because in the history of the institute, there has not been a China mainland student before, except a Chinese participant from HK years ago. Due language problem, we also hope we could do something to help Chinese applicants through the recruitment process. Nevertheless, we would be pleased to invite other nationals to join the programs too, and to offer them any help if they ever need our assistance regarding application for this institute.

The institute’s official website is in English & Japanese.
You can pass my Chinese letter to Chinese people, or invite English natives to read their website :

Subject: Japanese Institute for Eco-Agricultural Leadership (ARI)

My name is Vicky Lau.
Below is an introduction of a non-profit-making projects which I have been volunteer for, that is related to community leaders of different countries learning Organic Farming and related topics in an exclusive institute in Japan. I hope you will recommend to those interested in in environmental protection and eco-farming, and the best, introduce to any environment-conscious big enterprises or foundations, inviting them to consider offering sponsorships to applicants from China, in the form of scholarships or boarding subsidy, so that the Chinese graduates will ultimate benefit their own country with what they have learned from the institute.
In addition, you can make direct donations to the institute.

This institute of Agricultural Leadership in Japan (ARI), is not a merely a basic agricultural institue, but also includes nutrition, cultural studies, spiritual awareness, leadership skills,
education, etc. Their application requirements are very strict.
I have a Chinese co-ordinator in Japan,originally a small country’s community leader representative, who had once helped in the institute as a volunteer, now now resides in Japan and co-volunteer with me to help promote the project to Chinese people, or any other nationals interested in the institue’s programs.

Full-time program :
1. Applicants should be working in relation to agricultural Leadership or similar capacity
2. The annual intake is in April, a nine-month program with a break in winter due snow, divisions available are agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries, animal and poultry farming, etc. and then even fine classifications.
3. Individuals, countries, institutions, or charitable organizations are responsible for the fees of each applicant, however, charitable organizations sponsored applicants will enjoy a much reduced cost.
4. Upon return to their home countries, graduates are expected to a certain extent, to help promote the country’s sustainable agriculture, so that it ultimately benefit the planet we’re living in.
5. Due limited places, and time-consuming selection, applicants are encouraged to submit applications as early as 1-2 years before enrollment. For example, the 2009 intake will begin in Aprilk, but now there are no more available places, and interested applicants may only apply for 2010 or even 2011 intake at this stage.
6. Every year, admissions include various nationalities, color, race, language, and culture, therefore it’s a good opportunity for participants to cross learn a rich variety of community leadership, agricultural knowledge, culture and other aspects of each other’s country. In 2008, there were 30 leaders from 15 countries.

Volunteers program :
1. Open to serious applicants with genuine resolution to contribute to environment protection of their home countries, after academic study and practice in the institute..
2. If you are willing to work as a volunteer for more than two months, the institute will provide free lodging and meals, but only require the applicant to pay his/her own air tickets, local transport, and some minimal misc charges.
3. Participants can apply for volunteer work according to their own interest and capability, such as management or farming posts, etc.
4. Volunteer period can be anytime of the year.
5. The nstitute authority will go through a careful selection process and approve whether accept an applicant or not.

1. China, Japan and all countries visa departments operate independently, the College should not be able to interfere with any issue in this matter.
2. The governments might require the applicant to provide a financial proof to accompany their application.

1. The basic languages used are Japanese and English in general communication.
2. The medium of instruction is basically in English, however life surrounding the institute is mainly Japanese, so basic foundation in both languages do help a lot.
3. Since articipants are from different countries, the classes mostly would include a lot of body language.
4. Since the official website is only in Japanese and English, I and my Japanese co-ordinator is planning to gradually help translate their info into Chinese so that it is accessible to more Chinese people.
5. Please browse the contents of Japanese or English if you can read these languages, otherwise please read my introduction in Chinese, or write me for translation assistance.
The institute’s official website is :

In the past, there has been only one Chinese graduate from Hong Kong, yet no actual China mainland participants, so we (me and my co-ordinator in Japan), are both enthusiastic to pursue recruitment of true Chinese leaders to the institute, so that they might bring back much eco-friendly agricultural knowledge, and teach their countrymen with other nations leadership techniques and policies, and play a greater influence in making our home planet better, from generation to generation.

In April 2009, there will be the first enrolled student from China to study in this institute, which is really encouraging.

According to Yahoo news, soil erosion in China is as serious as over 1 / 3 surface area of the country ( The extent of environment pollution is also witnessed to be severe in growth, so there is definitely a need to train up some Chinese communityl leaders, in the hope to let them bring back their learning to benefit their home country’s agriculture, education, policies, etc. toward the rational development of China and the world, so the habitants are able to enjoy continual natural resources, water resources, health, economy and so on.

Please support this dream and support its realization, thank you !

Tel : 6921 1020
Subject: 日本农业领导学院 (ARI)

我是Vicky Lau.
以下是我义务负责的一个非牟利项目, 给不同国家 community leaders 交流学习的Organic Farming 学院资料,希望你们推荐财给有兴趣环保与农业的人仕,并最好介绍给一些财团首脑,请他们考虑为中国的申请人设立奖助学金,使国家人民最终长远获益.

日本的农业领导学院 (ARI), 现况如下, 并非是单纯的农业学院,还包含营养,文化,精神意识,领导技巧等教育,要求很严格.
我有一位华人 co-ordinator在日本, 是一个小国的 community leader 代表,曾在该学院当义工, 现与我一起负责帮忙为华人联系这个项目, 若须进一步帮忙, 请給我来信. :

参加课程 :
1. 要求参加者一定在居住地是会担任农业领导的工作
2. 每年四月入学, 为期九个月, 冬季下雪休息, 分农业, 渔业, 牧业, 再细分类.
3. 由个人, 国家, 机构, 或慈善机构负担费用, 慈善机构推举报名者 可减免很多费用.
4. 要证明参加者回国后一定帮助推动本国的可持续农业, 使地球和人类真正获益.
5. 由于名额不多, 选拔需时, 报名者一般等1-2年才能入学, 2009年4月分要开的班都已经额満了, 所以希望有兴趣的各国领导提前报名和预备.
6. 每年入学的都包括很多不同国家,肤色,种族,语言的各地领导,所以知识与文化十分丰富.2008年就有15个国家的30位代表到学院参加为期九个月的培训.

参加义工 :
1. 公开给真正愿意为保护环境出力的人参加, 也最好是证明回国后会推动所学者.
2. 如果肯当义工超过两个月, 学院会提供免费的食宿, 只须付机票, 交通, 和少量的费用.
3. 参加者可以按兴趣及所长申请工作类别
4. 可申请全年任何时期当义工
5. 学院会严格挑选与审批是否接纳

签证 :
1. 中国及日本签证部门独立操作, 学院不能干预.
2. 两地政府或有权要求申请人出示财务证明

其它 :
1. 学校是以日文和英文跟外界沟通的
2. 教学语言主要用英文, 周边生活主要用日语, 所以英文还是最好有点基础.
3. 学员都来自不同国家, 一般上课大家要加上很多身体语言.
4. 由于网站目前只有日文和英文, 我和我的 日本co-ordinator 正打算把资料一点点翻译成中文, 让更多人了解.
5. 您们有兴趣的话, 可以先流览一下日文或英文的内容, 有问题再来信吧.

以往,只曾有一位来自香港的华人到过这学院进修,从来没有一位中国大陆的学员到学院学习过, 故此,我跟学院一样, 希望有多些中国同胞可以去那边学习, 把更多的优良环保农业知识带回来, 并有机会与多国领导一起学习交流,发挥更大的影响力, 使我们的家园变得更好, 世代流传下去.

今年4月份, 将有第一位中国学员到日本入学, 着实是值得鼓舞.

根据 Yahoo news 报道,中国的水土流失高达超过国土的1/3 面积(, 数字另人吃惊, 污染环境的程度也叫人咋舌, 培养国家领导,再由他们推动教育人民,制定施政,朝着合理的方向发展,国家的自然,资源,水源,体质,经济等,才更有希望.

请大家都支持实现这个愿望, 谢谢 !

Tel : 6921 1020


Posted on January 31st, 2009 in Outside Hong Kong by Kate Wade

From Vicky:
Here is a piece of article on yahoo news about the serious speed of soil erosion in China, which explains well why we need to put efforts in promoting effective plantation.

The article is in Chinese :
but I’ve translated into English (pls see attachment).水土流失面積逾1/3國土

(明報) 1月30日 星期五 Ming Pao Daily News 30/1/2009 Fri

China has currently 646 counties with serious soil erosion. After nearly 3 years of research by 28 academicians from the China Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, and 1,000 scientific study professiomals, China has recently released a report indicating that the mainland area of soil erosion is up to 3.5692 million sq. km., that is more than one-third of the country’s national surface area, among which nearly 2,000,000 sq. km. needs immediate treatment, where such serious soil erosion regions mostly lie along the Yangtze River and the Yellow River.

內地646縣情况嚴重 Serious Condition in 646 counties of China
The Xinhua News Agency has reported that the Ministry of Water Resources, the China Academy of Sciences and China Academy of Engineering, had carried out jointly in Jul 2005, a research project ” Comprehensive Scientific Investigation on China’s Soil Erosion and Ecological Security”. After nearly 3-year study, researchers had released a report just a few days ago, showing the current soil erosion leading to land degradation and the destruction of arable land; also leading to siltation of rivers, lakes and reservoirs, with increased flooding; the deterioration of the living environment will exacerbate poverty; weaken the regulatory function of the ecosystem and ecological security, and even pose a serious threat to the safety of drinking water.

Green Action Charity Foundation-LED Lighting Project in rural China

Posted on January 25th, 2009 in Outside Hong Kong by Kate Wade

Below is an email and report from Vicky Lau (a DB Green member) who is involved in an organisation called the Green Action Charity Foundation who have been doing wonderful projects around rural China. Vicky came to our recent meeting to explain what the charity does and how it started. It was very interesting and sounds like they are doing real grass roots work that is really effective, well thought out and managed, and has a real impact on the lives of people in the villages they have worked- in some cases dragging communities out of poverty into self sufficiency. All with environmental solutions. Some of you may be interested in their work, joining their projects, donating time or money or learning from them to create projects of your own. This might be the kind of thing that schools may like to get involved in. If you have any queries Vicky would be only to happy to hear from you. You can contact her at “”
The next project is:

Visit to Shanxi (the yellow earth) :
Spring visit : 27/4 – 3/5/2009
Summer visit : 5 – 12/8/2009
Fall visit : 5 – 11/10/2009
Details : To plant the seeds in Spring, inspect the growth in Summer / Fall.
More info : will be able to see big areas of plantation sites (by ourselves, other groups, and the government !) and do some touritst travel in Shanxi province.

Vicki says “I’d be pleased to invite you and other enthusiastic people in nature restoration, to join our missions!”

She also passed on this:
” …… here’s a news scrap from one of our foundation members, which I hope you or your members find interesting and inspiring :

“Great things are being done here! I recently came across this article which might be relevant to efforts being done here. It is one of the project by United States’ Rocky Mountain Institute on using solar panel weaved /combined onto everyday fabric/apparatus for purpose of light emitting at night for work and study. Pls take a look. http://www.rmi. org/sitepages/ pid485.php

The following email and report is about an LED lighting project that they have done a week or so ago. Vicky has done some other great things for us recently including Cantonese and Mandarin phrases we can use to say ‘No’ to things and putting Michele’s Green Gift Idea into Chinese. I will forward these shortly.
Standby for some dates for tree watering too- John is away and we need YOU!

P.S. And if your green resolutions (and any others for that matter) have got off to a shaky start then Chinese New Year is the perfect time to reaffirm or start again! I’m glad of a second shot!

Dear Kate et all,

For your info, the Green Action Charity Foundation had successfully carried out the first trial of the LED illumination project in rural village of China.

Please read below, our report and more info about LED products, and see if at all possible to release on your website, etc. We hope it impacts you and your members on any more Green energy ideas.


Green Action Charity Foundation LED Lighting Project for Rural Villages of China – Report 18/1/2009

Dear all,

The Dong Shan LED lighting project is very encouraging.

We arrived Dongshan at about 9:15am, then briefly met with Mrs Chia and seek
her support to call a few teenagers to learn about the implementation.

The kids were from another village and took about half an hour to arrive. In
the mean time, we visited the house and greeted with the grand father,
explaining our intention to install LED lights for his home. He welcomed the
idea and also showed us the electricity bills etc.. With his permission, I
led the kids to tour around the house to see the electric appliances

Each of the 2 rooms, the kitchen, and corridor, is fitted with a 25W light
bulb. The wiring was probably done more than 20 years ago and showed sign of
serious aging. The living room has a 1.2m fluorescent lamp, a ceiling fan,
and a round fluorescent lamp that doesn’t work most of the time. They have a
20″ TV and a DVD player. They also have a electric cooker. The electricity
bill is about rmb 50 a quarter or 75 kwh. It is indication that they use the
appliances sparingly. The result of our installation should therefore be
measured in the level of increase studying and economic activities that the
lower cost lighting can deliver.

To show the advantage of LED lighting, I contrasted the lighting effect of
an existing 25W incandescent lamp with a 0.3W LED light bar. The light bar
with its directional light control delivered about 3 times the brightness at
twice the distance. I then explained other principles such as the need for
dimming control.

After a 30 minutes briefing and explaining the system we want to install, a
few teenagers took initiative to install the system by themselves. The level
of workmanship and performance was quite satisfactory. At first, we noted
that the boys stayed from behind as we brief the group. But once we started
working, they showed very helpful. Probably they found themselves much
taller than the girls and showed their gentleman manner by letting the girls
occupy the front row but then take up the more challenging jobs as needed.

One small girl in the house now studying in primary two was also very
enthusiastic in building the system and has helped made some connections.

In about 2 hours, the kids have completed installation of 12 modules and a
handheld LED light bar in the living room at my designated locations as well
as wiring to one bedroom. Some modules were left for them to fit the bedroom
and add to other locations as they see fit. Some were kept for further
experimentation in Hong Kong.

The result at night is not known at the moment. Mrs Chia wil take some
photos for us.

There are a few observations for the installation.

– Because the system uses 12V DC power supply, there is no foreseeable
danger in either installation or subsequent daily use. Stapler gun makes
installation of wiring easy. No soldering is invovled and a screwdriver and
a stripper/piler are all we need to make connections. This empowered the
kids to exercise their initiative and creativity. The use of low voltage is
also critical for low cost implementation in large scale.

– The house is very big, and I run out of wires although I’ve already
prepared over 30m for the installation.

– The primary purpose of wiring in the house is for lighting, converting to
LED can remove most of the safety hazards due to aging wires. This can be
done inexpensively by training the teenagers to do the job.

– The ceiling is pretty high. It is desirable to use narrow angle LED
modules for ceilingt mounted modules. The modules we now install for them
are wide angle modules, which has room for improvement.

– Two light bars were built with discrete LED components which the kids
liked because it allowed them to hold in their hands and direct to whichever
place they like.

– The current system runs on a 12V 1000mA power adaptor. There is provision
for addition of 12V car battery and solar panel in future. But we shall see
the feedback of this pilot test site first before proceeding.

That concludes my report.

Best regards.
SC Mok

Is there any commercially available LED nighting system, e.g. bedside lamp , available in H.K.?

LED lighting products are now easily obtainable in Apliu Street or interior decoration stores. But price and light output are still quite unacceptable. For example, a cabinet lighting system in IKEA sells at about $400 which consists of 4 pieces of light bars with 3 small LEDs and associated driving circuitry. Similar LEDs can be purchased in Apliu Street for $1 to $5. But their brightness is just 1/3 or even 1/5 of what we are using now. However, it is not possible to check their light output strength without elaborate measurement and special instrument. There are also complete products such as torches and night lights. Most of them are poorly designed, resulting in quick deteriation of light output. This is the main reason why we have to go through the painful process of seeking LED sponsoring from world class suppliers instead of purchasing from the market.

On the other hand, if requirement is not stringent, LED products are quite readily available.


Greener Gadgets Conference

Posted on December 12th, 2007 in Events,Outside Hong Kong by Emma

Hong Kong is a city full of people who love their gadgets- it is comforting to see that at least SOMEONE out there is finally thinking about how we can enjoy our gadgets without feeling guilty about the impact on our environment. There will be a Greener Gadgets conference on February 1, 2008 in New York- if anyone from the area happens to be in the neighborhood why not stop by and give us all a report afterwards? Read more about it here: