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Tonight’s movie night at Zaks!

Posted on May 17th, 2016 in Events,Food,Recycling,Resources by Kate Wade

A little reminder…

Tonight 7pm at Zaks is the first in our hope-to-be monthly ‘Films for Change’.

Here’s the trailer for this 75min movie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkASAZGIuu0

Hope to see you there!

See our previous post for more information on the movie… http://dbgreen.org/?p=1878

Kate

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Pollution Free Christmas Gifts at the DBIS Food Fair!

Posted on November 14th, 2014 in Events,Fund Raising,Green Gift Ideas,Recycling,Resources by Kate Wade
Dear DB Green,
I was forwarded this great idea by email… thought you might be interested!
If you have items that you don’t think make the grade or don’t get around to by the 22nd November there is the flea market in the plaza on the 7th December 12noon to 5pm. All the charity stalls (including DB Green) are on the back wall from the bank to the Post Office so you can bring your items to donate to us then. Volunteers welcome for that too! We have a large stock pile as there was a long time between flea markets this time so would be happy for some help!
Cheers,
Kate
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“Dear friends and neighbors,
Please read below about the stall I will be running at the DBIS Food Fair on November 22nd to reduce the environmental impact of Christmas shopping while raising funds for Enrich, the charity I founded to support the economic empowerment of migrant women. Hope that many of you will be able to come to the fair and bring with you your unwanted gifts and quality new like toys and games.
If you are not able to attend the fair but are interested in donating items please email myriam@enrichhk.org to make another arrangement.  Please note that this is not a flea market. Please only donate quality new like toys and games that would make suitable Christmas gifts for DB kids aged under 12.
If we have enough interest and donations, I plan to run an additional Christmas gift sale at my flat on Tuesday 2nd December 9am-11am and 8-9pm so that you can do your Christmas shopping without the kids. Please let me know if you are interested in this and I will share photos of what toys are available. Please do also let me know if you would like volunteer to help me run any of these events.
Thank you very much for your kind support on this. Welcome to share this message with friends.
Best wishes,
Myriam”
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Air pollution in Hong Kong gets very bad in autumn. Why? This is the time when factories across the border are rushing to fill orders in time for Christmas gift shoppers around the world.  Workers work overtime and toxic air coming out of the factories is at an all-time high.
 
How would our air in DB smell and look if no one bought new gifts for Christmas?
 
This year the DBIS Food Fair will have a stall selling quality second hand children’s toys so that parents can buy a Christmas gift for their children without damaging the planet.
 
Please support this effort by donating your unwanted gifts and lightly used quality toys: especially wooden toys and complete board games and puzzles for kids up to the age of 12.
This stall will benefit Hong Kong charity Enrich which supports the economic empowerment of migrant women, primarily domestic workers (helpers). Not only does your support reduce the consumption and production of new toys, the money raised goes towards Enrich’s programmes in Hong Kong www.enrichhk.org

To donate, simply drop your items off at Enrich’s stall in front of the DBIS Globe Theatre, anytime from 11.30am to 1pm on November 22nd, the day of the fair.

Unsold gifts will be offered at a reduced price to domestic workers who want to send Christmas gifts home to their own children, or sold at the DB flea market to raise funds for DB charities.

WEEE pickup SUNDAY 9am-6pm Near Post Office

Posted on September 20th, 2014 in Events,Recycling,Resources by Kate Wade

WHOOPS! Just got back to find out it’s actually SUNDAY for the WEEE pick up- 9am-6pm near the post office! Not Saturday.

Sorry if you went down Saturday!!! Here’s my previous post….

Looking to get rid of any unwanted electronic items in a safe way?

WEEE recycling poses a number of health risks that need to be adequately managed (including arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury and certain flame retardants).

There is a WEEE (Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment) collection near the post office SATURDAY. See your lobby or management office for the notice of times. This opportunity doesn’t happen very often so please take advantage of it! 

Have a great weekend,

Kate

WEEE COLLECTION POST OFFICE SATURDAY

Posted on September 18th, 2014 in Beach Clean-up,DB as a city,Events,Recycling,Resources by Kate Wade

Looking to get rid of any unwanted electronic items in a safe way?

WEEE recycling poses a number of health risks that need to be adequately managed (including arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury and certain flame retardants).

There is a WEEE (Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment) collection near the post office SATURDAY. See your lobby or management office for the notice of times. This opportunity doesn’t happen very often so please take advantage of it! 

Then don’t forget there is a beach cleanup Saturday also. The North Plaza beach is particularly bad so check https://www.facebook.com/DBGreenHK and https://www.facebook.com/PlasticDisasterHongKong?fref=ts to check the latest news. Currently the venue is Nim Shue Wa (the beach near the Marina) but we may be looking to do both. Unfortunately I’m away with work so please check the Facebook pages for more information from Tracey, Dana and Angie.

Have a great weekend,

Kate

Post lantern festival beach cleanup Tuesday morning

Posted on September 5th, 2014 in Beach Clean-up,Events,Resources by Kate Wade

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….

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Paper-Lantern

http://www.pinterest.com/laucartin/diy-paper-lantern/

http://www.meandmydiy.com/2013/07/paper-lanterns.html

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

Last years Post Lantern Festival great glowstick lineup

Bring your own water (in reusable bottles of course), sunscreen, insect repellent. And enjoy!

Kate

Youth Conference fundraising- help needed!

Posted on October 10th, 2013 in Air and Water Quality,Beach Clean-up,Events,Fund Raising,Recycling,Resources by Kate Wade

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Hi DB Green,

As you may know our very own beach cleanup organiser (and my personal hero) Tracey Read, now has her very own NGO called Plastic Free Seas! Right now she is organising a Youth Conference in November for 100 students and 25 teachers, from 25 schools, with the aim of empowering those 25 schools  to make some radical changes in their waste management practices. A huge ambition with huge potential to reach so many… but also with a huge cost.

Tracey is working really hard on setting this up, gathering people, resources and developing the program- the first we hope of an annual youth conference. She is completely unpaid so all her time, effort and energy is fuelled by her vision of what we can do to help Hong Kong and benefit our oceans, beaches, landfill, schools, homes and most importantly our minds! There is no doubt we need a mental shift in the way we consume and use disposable items.

Tracey needs money to help with the expenses of this first conference. Everything helps and donations from you- either through your business or as a personal donation would be gratefully received and is tax deductible. There are some great ‘purchases’ you can make too- I’ve got myself a plastic free seas t-shirt and Kleen Kanteen water bottle! Tracey has set up a donation platform at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/plastic-free-seas-youth-conference-2013 Please note the donations are in USD not HKD. Please forward this link to any friends or companies who you think might like to help with this excellent educational and action planned event.

PFS YC 2013

Many thanks for your support from all of us at DB Green!

Kate Wade

P.S. What disposable items are you using today? Can you make a change and bring your own container, cutlery, mug tomorrow and from now on? Reuse your paper and envelopes? I’m making a change- from now on I am bringing my only cutlery everywhere I go! No more disposable knives forks and chopsticks for me! Tracey is working on a portable cutlery pack you can pop in your bag so keep an eye out for that one!

URGENT CALL FOR HELP IN ACEH!

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. http://www.paulhiltonphotography.com/index.php/field-notes/49

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!

Kate

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.

Yesterdays SCMP article

Posted on May 6th, 2013 in Air and Water Quality,Beach Clean-up,Resources by Kate Wade

Dear DB Green,

This article really struck me as something everyone should be aware of. Take a look. http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1230183/plight-hong-kongs-pink-dolphins

Suggestions on action?

Kate

Community event

Do you have a few hours spare a month?

Are you keen to give something back to the community?

Discovery Bay’s local non-profit environmental group, DB Green, is meeting in Hemingway’s on February 20 at 7.30pm to discuss activities & events planned for 2013.

We invite all members of the community to come along to this open evening and hear how you can make a positive difference in your community, share ideas you may have for environmental activities in DB, and find out how to make DB a greener place to live!

We need people to join the team and help with recycling projects, beach cleanup, tree planting, website & social media, flea markets, school projects, admin and more.

DB Green for our community

Wednesday   20th February, Hemingway’s 7.30 pm

Wine by Barefoot

Snacks by Hemingway’s

Other giveaways 

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No To SKC Incinerator Campaign – update (Forwarded and please share)

When I last wrote on 1 May, the Judicial Review proceedings had a date fixed of 7 June for the judge to hear argument as to whether leave should be granted for the JR to proceed.

You may have already learned from today’s media that at yesterday’s hearing the judge granted leave and fixed dates for a 3 day hearing from 14 to 16 November.

The judge said he only wanted to hear one of the cases, because the issues seemed to him to be essentially the same for each of the four applicants.

The case that will go forward is in the name of Leung Hon Wai (who lives on Cheung Chau), represented by Valentine Yim of counsel instructed by Lee Chan Cheng, solicitors

The other applicants include Mr Kwok Cheuk Kin and Mr Sin Chi Man (who also live on Cheung Chau) and Ms Loy Ho (who lives on Lantau and is chair of the Lantau Buffalo Association).

The judge is Mr Thomas Au.

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I won’t go into all the arguments for and against the JR. Many are highly technical and/or turn around specific issues of Hong Kong legislation and underpinning administrative law principles.

The crucial points to bear in mind are:

– a JR cannot change government policy. It can at best overrule a government decision as improperly made. So, if the government is determined for the incinerator project to go ahead, this JR, even if successful, merely slows things down.

– at the heart of this JR is an attack on the Environmental Impact Assessment for non-compliance with essential requirements.

– alongside this is an attack on the decision by the Town Planning Board to approve the Outline Zoning Plan for Shek Kwu Chau (as a conservation area alongside a 3K tpd mass burn incinerator on an island 10 metres offshore) which in the view of many (myself included) is irrational to the point of schizophrenia.

– if the JR succeeds, the government can carry out a further EIA which does comply with essential requirements, and it can re-affirm the Outline Zoning Plan in ways which unambigously show there has been a change of government policy towards the conservation status of islands offshore South Lantau.

– the campaign to stop the incinerator therefore won’t be won by the JR alone. It has to be won politically, through continuing pressure on the government to consider and adopt alternative ways and means of addressing Hong Kong’s waste management.

In other words, whilst the JR is running, it seems unlikely Hong Kong’s administration will seek to re-introduce the Shek Kwu Chau incinerator proposal. However, the campaign is far from won until the incoming executive declares an alternative policy.

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Leaving the JR aside, C.Y. Leung has now announced his ‘cabinet’ to include Mr Kam Sing Wong as the new Secretary for Environmental Affairs, succeeding Edward Yau. K.S. Wong is currently practicing as an architect in Hong Kong. He is chairman of the Professional Green Building Society and vice-chair of the HK Institute of Architects. Friends of the Earth consider him eco-friendly. Like the rest of the cabinet, he will assume his new post from 1 July.

Edward Yau, the current Environment Secretary, may be repositioned as Director of the Chief Executive’s Office in which capacity he may continue to exert significant influence.

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Thanks to all who wrote to the Lands Department. I was forwarded a fair few of the Lands Department’s standard email response saying they were forwarding everything to the Environment Protection Department. Their way of saying ‘not in my back (or front) yard’.

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It is worth noting also that Shenzhen, which already operates 7 incinerators with capacity to process 4,875 tonnes of Municipal Solid Waste per day, plans by 2015 to have an additional 3 incinerators, processing up to 6,300 tonnes per day – bringing Shenzhen’s total incinerator capacity to 11,175 tonnes per day. (This was not mentioned in the Environmental Impact Assessment for the SKC incinerator, which seems a bit of an oversight.)

So, whatever the outcome of the current SKC incinerator proposal, there is a broader cross-border battle to be fought to clear Hong Kong’s air for the future.

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The following report (see http://ipetitions.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c5c0d97bafca87481521cc451&id=66c7ab073c&e=618217fe57 – also reported in the Straits Times) came in earlier this week on one of Singapore’s 3 incinerators:

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SINGAPORE – An incinerator at a waste management plant in Tuas caught fire early Sunday morning. According to witness statements, three loud bangs were heard before flames were sighted.

An eyewitness told the Straits Times that technicians on duty were transporting oil sludge into a funnel leading to the incinerator when they heard the three loud explosive bangs, followed by the flames.

The technicians then sounded the alarm and left the control room, which reportedly caught fire just seconds later.

The roof also partially collapsed, reported the English daily.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said they were alerted to the fire at around 12.50am at Eco SWM, in Tuas. Deploying three fire engines, SCDF officers put out the fire within 30 minutes of their arrival.

A SCDF spokesperson said that all 25 employees who were onsite when the incident happened are accounted for. No injuries have been reported.

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No doubt the Hong Kong administration will say this proves just how safe these modern incinerators are.

Best wishes,

Tom

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